How to Find Context Menus in Windows 11

The new version of the Microsoft system introduces new reflexes in the handling of the interface. Thus, the contextual menu is simplified at the risk of not satisfying everyone. Here is how to find the one used in Windows 10.


  • Open the context menu of Windows 10 temporarily
  • Find the context menu of Windows 10 permanently

With Windows 11, Microsoft does not propose a revolution, but rather a notable evolution of its system. Here and there, in small steps, the OS benefits from some improvements, especially in its interface. Microsoft wanted it to be easier to use. This should satisfy beginners, especially with a File Explorer that is less confusing and can be easily controlled without the famous right mouse click (see our article here). But by trying to simplify too much, Microsoft leaves out a large part of its users who are already well versed in all the subtleties of the system. Thus, the modification of the contextual menu, accessible from a click of the right mouse button, can disconcert many people as it is now very bare.

Fortunately, these functional and cosmetic changes are not fixed. Microsoft has left a way out for those who want to find the more advanced functions of the contextual menu as they are presented in Windows 10. The editor even proposes two ways to proceed. The first is done occasionally and will satisfy those who simply want to access more options while performing an action. The second proposes to systematically find the contextual menu of Windows 10 and involves a modification of the registry.

How to Temporarily Find the context menu of Windows 10?

Without having to change any Windows settings, it is possible to get your hands on the Windows 10 context menu as soon as you feel the need.

  • Right-click to bring up the context menu from File Explorer or from the Desktop. Among the options displayed, click at the very bottom of the menu on Show more options.
  • The old contextual menu will be displayed immediately. You will then find the functions of some software installed on the PC that have placed options in the contextual menu.


How to Systematically Find the Context Menu of Windows 10?

If you really can’t get used to the Windows context menu and prefer that the system offers you the Windows 10 context menu by default, make a change in the registry.

  • Click on the magnifying glass in the taskbar and type Regedit in the search field. Click on Registry Editor in the left pane.
  • In the registry editor, now look for the key HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWARECLASSESCLSID and select it.
  • Right-click in a blank area of the central part of the window. From the menu that appears, choose New > Key.
  • Give this key the following name: {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}.
  • Right-click this new key and choose New > Key.
  • Name this new key InprocServer32.
  • In the center window, double-click (default) to open the string. Do not make any changes and click OK to apply a default value.
  • Close the registry editor and restart the PC. Once you are logged in, try your context menu. Right-click on the desktop or from File Explorer. You will find by default the Windows 10 context menu.