As more and more people get to experience Windows 11, some are nostalgic and some are outright angry at some of Microsoft’s decisions. One UI choice that seems to bother a lot of users is the fact that the old right-click menu is now hidden under Show more Options.
You could argue that the new context menu helps bring consistency to Windows 11. On Windows 10, the fact that each application had its own context menu elements created a mess, often producing screen-longs context menus.
While the new context menu aesthetic on Windows 11 has a cleaner look, it’s understandable why it’s also confusing for many users. For example, familiar options like Refresh or New (create folders) are entirely missing when you right-click on your desktop on Windows 11.
To make them visible, you’ll need to click on Show More Options first, and then you’ll get to see the classic context menu that we’re all familiar with.
How to Disable the ‘Show More Options’ Menu on Windows 11
If you’re in the camp of people confused by Microsoft’s choice and you want to revert back to the old behavior present on Windows 10, the good news is that it can be done.
There are actually two different approaches that you can take in order to bring back the old context menu and reject the newer version:
- Revert to the File Explorer old look via Folder Explorer Options – This operation will essentially return File Explorer to the old interface look and feel. While this will also affect the context menu and get rid of the Show more options, it will also revert anything else back to the Windows 10 look.
- Disable the ‘Show More Options’ context menu via Registry Editor – If you’re not afraid to do some registry tweaks, the most efficient approach right now is to do a series of modifications to the Overrides registry cluster. This will ensure that you always get to see the classic right-click context menu regardless of the action you’re taking.
Revert File Explorer to the old look
- Open File Explorer by pressing Windows key + E.
- Once you’re inside File Explorer, use the ribbon menu at the top to click on the action button in the top-right corner of the screen.
- From the context menu that just appeared, click on Options.
- Once you’re finally inside the Folder Options menu, select the View tab from the ribbon menu at the top.
- Next, scroll down through the options available inside Advanced settings and check the box associated with Launch folder options in a separate process.
- Click Apply to save the changes, then restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Note: Once your Windows 11 computer boots back up, you’ll see your File Explorer reverted to the old interface. Upon right-clicking, you’ll see the old context menu design. If you eventually want to make the transition back to the new ‘Show More Options‘ context menu, you can do so by reverse-engineering the steps above and disabling the checkbox associated with Launch folder windows in a separate process.
Disable the ‘Show More Options’ context menu via Registry Editor
Note: Failing to modify the Registry cluster as per the instructions below might cause damage to your OS installation files. To avoid an unpleasantry where you’ll need to reinstall Windows 11, our recommendation is to create a backup of your Registry state.
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Inside the text box that just appeared, type ‘regedit’ and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open up an elevated instance of the Registry Editor.
Note: When you’re prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click Yes to grant admin access.
- Once you’re inside Registry Editor, navigate to the following location using the left-hand side menu:
Note: You can either navigate to this location manually or you can paste the location directly into the navigation bar at the top and press Enter to get there instantly.
- Once you arrive at the correct location, move over to the right-hand side section, right-click on an empty space and choose New > Dword (32-Bit) Value from the context menu that just appeared.
- Name the newly created key UndockingDisabled and press Enter to save the changes.
- Next, double-click on the newly created UndockingDisabled reg value and set the Base to Hexadecimal and the Value to 1 before clicking Ok to save the changes.
- Restart your computer and you’ll see how the old way of right-clicking returns to Windows 11.
Note: The only downside of this method is that it will also remove the new style ribbon from File Explorer.