Windows 11 - Activate classic context menu

colinardo
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Short tip for those who are annoyed by the new context menu under Windows 11. But there is a hack to define the classic menu as the default.

Quickly activate the classic menu via Powershell for the current user:
or as an alternative method via *.reg file with a followed log off / log in or by restarting the explorer instance.

It is important that the "(default)" value is really set to an empty string, if the value is set to "(value not set)" then the trick will not work.

To revert to the modern menu just remove the created entries and log off or restart explorer.

Regards @colinardo

Content-Key: 1377812885

Url: https://administrator.pro/contentid/1377812885

Printed on: August 17, 2022 at 01:08 o'clock

Member: bloodstix
bloodstix Jan 31, 2022 at 08:35:36 (UTC)
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Seems not to work, i still got the "show more options" after using this trick and 7-zip does only show when clicking show more options
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colinardo Jan 31, 2022 updated at 09:43:54 (UTC)
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Quote from @bloodstix:

Seems not to work, i still got the "show more options" after using this trick and 7-zip does only show when clicking show more options
Works still like a charm with the latest W11 Release please read the important note above:
It is important that the "(default)" value is really set to an empty string, if the value is set to "(value not set)" then the trick will not work.

You also have to restart the current explorer process.

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Every W11 instance i tried works if you exactly follow the above procedure.

Regards
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bloodstix Jan 31, 2022 at 11:40:32 (UTC)
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So? Whats wrong with my entry? Did the powershell-way.
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Member: colinardo
colinardo Jan 31, 2022 updated at 11:54:20 (UTC)
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Uups there was a backslash missing behind the string "Software" in the reg path, sorry corrected above.

'HKCU:\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32'
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bloodstix Jan 31, 2022 at 14:54:25 (UTC)
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Yerp, now it works face-smile