How to bring back classic context menu on Windows 11

If the new right-click context menu on Windows 11 isn't for you, it's possible to replace it with the legacy context menu, and here's how.

Windows 11 classic context menu

Although Windows 11 introduces a redesigned right-click context menu that improves the old experience, the problem is that it’s limited in the options it can show compared to the classic menu.

When you right-click an item, you can click on “Show more options” or use the “Shift + F10” keyboard shortcut to access the other entries, but it’s an extra step.

If the new Windows 11 menu design isn’t for you, it is possible to disable the new context menu to enable the new classic right-click menu by editing the Registry.

Warning: It’s crucial to note that modifying the Registry can cause serious problems if not used properly. It’s assumed you know what you’re doing and created a full backup of your system before proceeding. Also, some users are reporting problems using these steps. You can check the video to confirm that the instructions worked to accomplish the task. However, it’s possible that future updates or the way you have configured your device may not be compatible with these changes. You should use these steps at your own risk.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to get the context menu will all the legacy options on Windows 11.

Enable classic right-click context menu on Windows 11

To bring back the classic context menu on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

  2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry.

  3. Navigate to the following path:

  4. Right-click the CLSID key, select the New menu, and select the Key option.


  5. Name the key {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} and press Enter.

  6. Right-click the newly created key, select the New menu and select the Key option.


  7. Name the key InprocServer32 and press Enter.

  8. Double-click the newly created key and set its value to blank to enable the classic context menu on Windows 11.

    Registry enable classic context menu

  9. Click the OK button.

  10. Restart the computer (important).

Once you complete the steps, whether you right-click on the desktop, file, or folder on File Explorer, the classic context menu will appear instead of the modern menu.

If you want to revert the changes to re-enable the modern context menu, you can follow the same instructions outlined above, but on step 4, right-click and delete the {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} key and its contents.

Update January 2, 2023: Instructions have been received to ensure they still work.

Update January 9, 2023: Microsoft is also working on adding an option to make the classic context menu the default for Windows 11.