Restore the Windows 10 right click menu in Windows 11

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Although the new Windows 11 right click menu is very pleasing to the eye for those of us who use File Explorer a lot clicking twice to get to some of the options can fast become a bit tiresome. So if you yearn to get back to the original right click context menu that you have known and loved in all the previous versions of windows then fear not we have easy to follow instructions on how to do it laid out below.

Restoring the Windows 10 File Explorer right-click context menu in Windows 11 involves using third-party tools since Windows 11 introduced a redesigned context menu. The process can be a bit technical and may require third-party software, so proceed with caution. Here’s a general guide:

Using Open-Shell (Formerly Classic Shell)

Open-Shell is a popular tool that allows you to customize the Windows Start Menu and File Explorer. It can help you restore the Windows 10-style context menu on Windows 11. Please note that third-party tools like this are not officially supported by Microsoft, and their usage may have unintended consequences. Follow these steps:

  1. Download Open-Shell from the official GitHub repository: Open-Shell Releases.
  2. Install Open-Shell by following the on-screen instructions.
  3. After installation, right-click on the Start button and choose “Settings.”
  4. In the “Open-Shell” settings, navigate to the “Controls” tab.
  5. Check the option that says “Replace the Start button” and select “Windows 7 style.”
  6. Navigate to the “Windows 7 Settings” tab, and under the “Start Menu Style” section, select “Windows 7.”
  7. Apply the changes and restart your computer.

Please be aware that using third-party tools like Open-Shell can modify system settings, and it’s essential to download such tools from reputable sources. Additionally, these tools might not perfectly replicate the Windows 10 context menu, and updates to Windows 11 could potentially affect their functionality.

Reverting Changes

If at any point you wish to revert to the default Windows 11 context menu, you can uninstall Open-Shell by going to “Settings” > “Apps” > “Apps & Features” and selecting “Open-Shell.”

Remember to create a system restore point or backup your system before making significant changes to ensure you can revert to a stable state if needed.

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