Personalization Disable "Show more options" context menu in Windows 11

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When you right click on an item in Windows 11, you will see a new modern condensed context menu with Show more options (Shift+F10) at the bottom you have to click on to see all available options.

If you use the context menu a lot, then you will most likely find having to click on Show more options annoying anytime you need more options.

If you like, you can disable this condensed Show more options context menu to always see the full context menu again when you right click on an item.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the "Show more options" context menu for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable "Show more options" context menu using REG file
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable "Show more options" context menu using Command


EXAMPLE: "Show more options" context menu enabled and disabled
Enable_Show_more_options.png
Disable_Show_more_options.png






OPTION ONE

Enable or Disable "Show more options" context menu using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Enable "Show more options" context menu

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Show_more_options_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}]

3 To Disable "Show more options" context menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Show_more_options_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32]
@=""

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You may need to either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable "Show more options" context menu using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below you want into Windows Terminal, and press Enter.

(Disable)​
reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32" /f /ve

OR​

(Enable)​
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}" /f

3 Close Windows Terminal.

4 You may need to either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Thank you Shawn (y) :)
 

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Can confirm this works using the .REG file! Thank You good sir!
 

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Hi, I'm trying to Disable "Show more options" offline but it doesn't work:
Code:
reg load "HKEY_USERS\DUMMY" "W:\Users\Default\NTUser.dat"
reg Add "HKEY_USERS\DUMMY\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32" /f /ve
reg unload "HKEY_USERS\DUMMY"
other entries like
Code:
reg add "HKEY_USERS\DUMMY\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "HideFileExt" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "0" /f
work.
 

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As much as I want to try Win11 in the form that Microsoft intended, this was just a step too far. I was constantly clicking the "more options," so caved and did as the OP detailed.
 

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As much as I want to try Win11 in the form that Microsoft intended, this was just a step too far. I was constantly clicking the "more options," so caved and did as the OP detailed.
While this is just my opinion, no one should ever use Windows in the default configuration or the way microsoft intends. A user should always customize their copy of Windows to suit their personal computing style and methodology.

Your PC, your rules, not microsoft's.
 

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Shawn, thank you so much! The reg file worked for me. The "more options"context menu was irritating to say the least. It seemed everything I used required more clicks. Thanks again!
 

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Shawn, thank you so much! The reg file worked for me. The "more options"context menu was irritating to say the least. It seemed everything I used required more clicks. Thanks again!
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I tried to add this reg code and I got error.

Code:
reg add "HKEY_USERS\DUMMY\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "HideFileExt" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "0" /f

It can't add key to HKEY_USERS.
 

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I tried to add this reg code and I got error.

Code:
reg add "HKEY_USERS\DUMMY\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "HideFileExt" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "0" /f

It can't add key to HKEY_USERS.
It should be the HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) key instead. :)
 

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Good times. New OS, things you like, things you don't like. Wondering whether there will be a tutorial over at a certain place... Of course there is. And it works like a charm. This was one of the things I didn't like. Good old context menu is back now. :party:

Thanks @Brink!
 

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Good times. New OS, things you like, things you don't like. Wondering whether there will be a tutorial over at a certain place... Of course there is. And it works like a charm. This was one of the things I didn't like. Good old context menu is back now. :party:

Thanks @Brink!
:shawn:
 

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So far I've not found the new context menu annoying but this is the kind of thing Microsoft should have put in Settings>Personalization instead of forcing anyone into the Registry Editor.
 

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Probably the first thing, i.e., the registry tweak in this tut, I will try after upgrading to Win 11. I am still waiting after MS to offer me the upgrade. I know I can do it myself, but I prefer to let MS do it as they mentioned in their notification the first day (October 5, 2021) Win 11 became available:

MS's Notification about Win 11.png
 

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I was on verge of going back to W10 as the "show more properties" option was annoying me so much. The second page has all the stuff on first page anyway. I cannot imagine what numpty of a boss in the development team approved such a moronic change.

Thanks to this tutorial, I will persevere with W11 a bit longer.
 

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bep1995

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Is there any way to just remove show more options on the new menu without going back to the old ??
 

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I was on verge of going back to W10 as the "show more properties" option was annoying me so much. The second page has all the stuff on first page anyway. I cannot imagine what numpty of a boss in the development team approved such a moronic change.

Thanks to this tutorial, I will persevere with W11 a bit longer.
Commissioned obviously by someone who is NOT using Windows or has not done so in the past.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 PRO
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