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How To Restore All Options To The Windows 11 Right Click Context Menu.

In Windows 11, the right-click context menu has been redesigned to make it easier to use. By easier to use, what we really mean is that most of the options have been removed.

That certainly does make the menu cleaner looking, and to be fair, the most commonly used options are still there.

However if you’d prefer to restore the old-style menu, with all the options available, then you can, but you’ll have to add an entry to the registry to do it.

How To Restore The Full Right-Click Menu To Windows 11.

As I stated above, you’ll need to add a couple of registry keys to restore the old-style context menu to Windows 11. With that in mind, please be sure to at least make a backup of your registry before starting. Personally, I’d do a full system backup if you can.

To restore the full right-click menu to Windows 11, left-click the START button and type

regedit

Into the search box.

Click REGISTRY EDITOR (App) on the search results panel.

Regedit typed into Windows 11 search box.
Click Start, type regedit, and click Registry Editor (App).

Inside The Registry

If you’re familiar with the Windows registry, then you need to navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID

If you’re not familiar with using the registry, then I’ll guide you through it.

What you need to do to restore the old-style context men is to add a couple of keys to the registry.

But they need to be created in the right place.

To get there, looking at the registry, left-click the small arrowhead beside HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Registry Editor open. HKEY_CURRENT_USER highlighted.
Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER by clicking on the arrowhead.

You’ll see the HKEY_CURRENT_USER expand to reveal more folders.

Scroll down and click the arrowhead beside the Software folder.

Software registry key folder highlighted.
Expand the Software folder.

The Software folder will expand.

Left-click the arrowhead beside Classes.

The Classes folder will expand.

Scroll down the list to the folder CLSID.

It’s a long way down the list. More than halfway down. The folder you’re looking for is CLSID. It’s all in capitals.

CLSID key folder highlighted.
Find the CLSID folder.

Creating The Registry Key.

When you find the CLSID folder, right-click on it.

On the menu that appears, put your pointer onto NEW and then left-click KEY on the second menu (submenu).

Right click options menu open. NEW and KEY are marked on the menu.
Create a new key inside the CLSID folder.

Your new registry key folder will be created. It will have the usual temporary name New Key. You need to rename the key folder to be

{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}

You need to type the name exactly as it’s written here, including the brackets. Or better still, copy and paste it.

New Key highlighted in Windows 11 registry editor.
The new key folder is created.
The new key is shown with the new renamed to {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}
Rename the folder to be {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}

Once you’ve named the folder, you then need to create a subkey inside it.

Right-click on the folder {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}

Move your pointer onto NEW and then left-click Key.

Right click options menu open. NEW and KEY are marked on the menu.
Create a new key inside the folder you just created.

Just as happened earlier, the new key will have a temporary name, something like New Key. You need to change the name to be InprocServer32

A new subkey is shown.
The key that you just created needs to be renamed.
The new subkey is renamed to be InprocServer32.
Rename the subkey to InprocServer32

Left-click once on the subkey InprocServer32 (the one you just created) to select it. It will become highlighted.

Then double left click on DEFAULT in the right-hand panel.

The Edit String box will open.

Make sure there isn’t anything in the Value Data box. It should be completely empty.

If it’s empty, click the OK button, close the registry editor and restart your computer.

InprocServer32 key selected. Default marked. And value Data box shown to be empty.
Select InprocServer32

If you see something inside the Value Data box, delete it. Then click the OK button, close the registry editor and restart your computer.

Once your computer has restarted, try out the right-click menu.

Right-click on any file or folder and what you’ll see will be the full context menu with all the options.

Windows 11 right click context menu with all options restored.
All options are restored to the right click menu in Windows 11.
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