How to Disable ‘Show More Options’ from the Right Click Menu in Windows 11

Enabling Classic Full Context Menus on Windows 11

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.

Disable show more options on Windows 11

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.

Revealing the Classic Context Menu on Windows 11

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Disable the ‘Show More Options’ context to Get the Full Context Menu – 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

  1. Open File Explorer by pressing Windows key + E.
  2. 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.
    Accessing the action button
  3.  From the context menu that just appeared, click on Options.
    Accessing the Options menu
  4. Once you’re finally inside the Folder Options menu, select the View tab from the ribbon menu at the top.
  5. Next, scroll down through the options available inside Advanced settings and check the box associated with Launch folder options in a separate process.

    Launching the folder options in a separate process
  6.  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 Command Prompt

You can easily get back the full context menu on Windows 11 and disable the “Show More” option on Windows 11 by modifying the registry. However, the process is a little bit confusing so we have created a command line for you to easily disable the Show More option on Windows 11. Follow these steps:-

Note: Please only open Command Prompt this command won’t work on PowerShell or Windows Terminal.

  1. Click on the Start Menu and Search for “Command Prompt”.
  2. Press “Run as Administrator” under Command Prompt.
    Run Command Prompt as Administrator
  3. Once Command Prompt’s window opens you can put the following command and press enter:-
    reg add HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32 /ve /d "" /f
  4. Restart your computer.

Disable the ‘Show More Options’ using Third-Party Program

You can also enable the full context menu using a third-party program. It will easily make changes to your computer. That way you will not have to worry about any registry key being corrupted and it will also cut down the hassle. We are going to use WinAero Tweaker, follow these steps:-

  1. First of all, head over to the official website and download the WinAero Tweaker for Windows 11 (here).
  2. Once the program is downloaded. It should be in a “.zip” format. You can follow this guide to unzip these files.
  3. After extracting the program from the zip file. You can simply run the setup file and install WinAero Tweaker.
    Installing WindAero Tweaker on Windows 11
  4. After installing the program, open it using the Shortcut file created on your desktop.
  5. Now after opening the WinAero Tweaker, Head over to the “Windows 11” Section.
  6. Find the option for “Classic Full Context Menus” and then click on it.
  7. Now in the right pane, you should have the option “Enable classic full context menus”.
  8. Check that option and then click the “Restart Explorer” option that appears after checking the option.
    Enabling Classic Full Context Menus on Windows 11
  9. That’s it now you should have classic full context menus on your Windows 11.
Kamil Anwar
Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.

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