Windows 11 has entirely refreshed the right-click or the context menu in Windows 11 and has replaced it with a completely new menu. While this new redesign has removed some unnecessary shortcuts and options, the new look can be a bit daunting at first. Thankfully, it can be easily customized to suit your needs.
There are two ways to go about it. You can either revert to the old Windows 10 style context menu and add your favorite app list. Or, you can add the new apps directly. The only catch is that the apps will appear when you click on Show more options.
Either way, you can add and remove apps as per your preference.
Here's how to change and customize the right-click menu in Windows 11.
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The 'Show More Options' option is annoying. For example, I have to click numerous times to send a file to my phone. And when that happens a dozen times in a day, it can get annoying.
There are two ways to bring back the old Windows 10 context menu. You can either edit the Registry Editor entries. Or, you can tweak the Registry keys directly via Command Prompt. The second step is easy.
The Windows Registry Editor is the hub of all Windows settings. And if you know the right key and value, you can customize some parts of your PC as per your preference.
However, editing the Registry Editor is no child's play, and playing with the wrong key & value set may break your computer.
Like the method above, adding apps to the context menu in Windows 11 also involves editing the Registry entries. We'll be adding two apps in our example, namely Notepad and Calculator.
Step 1: Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the path below:
Step 2: Right-click on the right panel, and add a new Key. Name it 'Notepad.'
Double-click on Default and add '&Notepad' under Value data.
Step 3: Select the newly created key, and right-click again to add a new key underneath the Notepad folder. Rename it as 'command.'
Double-click to modify the Value and add the following under Value data.
Head back to the desktop and right-click to see the new values in the context menu.
Repeat the steps to add apps like Calculator or MS Word.
Note: To remove an app from the right-click menu in Windows 11, remove the entries under the Shell folder.
Again, we'd advise you to take a backup before you remove any keys.
You can also add the apps directly to the right-click menu in Windows 11 without reverting to the old menu,
The only limitation is that they will be available only when you click on Show more options.
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Old and New
That's how you can customize the right-click menu in Windows 11. The default menu looks fine but restrictive. It takes time in getting used to. You can customize it and put the frequently used apps and options over there.
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