If you’ve upgraded to Windows 11, you might get confused by the new right-click context menu in File Explorer. Where are all the options you’re used to in Windows 10 and earlier versions of Windows? We’ll help you find it.
They’re buried in the Show More Options menu (Shift + F10).
In Windows 11, Microsoft has a new frame for the context menu in File Explorer and on the Windows desktop. Application developers familiar with Windows 11 can add options to this menu just like the old one (as soon as they update their apps).
But right now, you might be running some older legacy apps that haven’t been updated to Windows 11. If so, the Legacy context menu can be found by right-clicking and selecting “Show More Options.” Or you can select an item and press Shift + F10 on your keyboard.
After selecting “Show more options”, the Windows 10-style context menu appears with all the classic options, including text labels for operations such as “copy” and “delete”.
And that’s it. Obtain the new menu at any time and click on an option to use it. Sure, having two clicks instead of one is a chore, but that’s Microsoft want it.
Windows 11’s tiny context menu buttons will confuse people
How to permanently switch to the classic context menu
From October 2021 it will still be possible to switch back to the classic context menu of Windows 10 in Windows 11 with the right mouse button. To do this, however, you need to change a few things in your system registry. Fortunately, we’ve written a guide explaining how to get the classic context menus back – and you can even download a quick registry edit file and get started with just a few clicks.
This registry hack might not work forever, but for now it could help you make your transition to Windows 11 easier by bringing something familiar with it. Much luck!