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Windows 11: How to Disable “Show More Options” to See the Full Context Menu Directly

We show you how to restore the classic context menu in Windows 11, removing the need to click "Show More Options".

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The “Show more options” line in the context menu is a departure from the traditional, instantly accessible full menu that users have become accustomed to in previous versions of Windows. While visually appealing, this change can disrupt the workflow by adding an extra step to access commonly used functions. For power users and those who prefer efficiency over aesthetics, this additional click can become a source of frustration.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to disable the “Show more options” feature in Windows 11. We will explore various methods, including registry edits and command-line solutions, to cater to different levels of technical expertise.

How to Disable “Show More Options” with Regedit

This method uses the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) to disable the “Show More Options” feature in Windows 11. The Registry Editor is a powerful tool that allows you to make advanced modifications to the operating system. This approach is ideal for those who are comfortable with manual tweaking and wish to understand the underlying settings of Windows 11.

  1. Open the Registry Editor
     
    Windows 11 - Open Regedit
  2. Delete the responsible registry key
     
    • Navigate toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\.
    • Right-click and delete the key {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}.

      Windows 11 - Regedit - Delete 86ca

  3. Recreate the Registry Key
     
    Right-click on “CLSID” and select “New – Key”.
     
    Windows 11 - Regedit - CLSID - New Key
  4. Name the Registry Key
     
    Give it the name {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}.
     
    Windows 11 - Regedit - CLSID - New Key - Rename - 86ca
  5. Create a new Registry Key inside
     
    Right-click {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}and select “New – Key”.
     
    Windows 11 - Regedit - 86ca - New Key
  6. Name it “InprocServer32” and close the Registry Editor
     
    After a reboot or manually restarting Explorer.exe, the full context menu will be shown without having to first click on “Show more options”.
     
    Windows 11 - Regedit - 86ca - New Key - Rename - InprocServer32

How to Disable “Show More Options” using a REG-file

For users seeking a simpler and more straightforward approach, this part of the tutorial introduces the method of using a REG-file to disable the “Show More Options” feature. A REG-file is a pre-configured registry script that can apply the necessary changes with just a few clicks. This method is perfect for those who prefer a quick and hassle-free solution without the need to delve into the complexities of the Registry Editor.

  1. Download and extract the ZIP with the REG-files
     
  2. Double-click and run the REG-file to disable “Show more options” in Windows 11
     
    We offer you both a REG-file to enable or disable “Show more options”, based on what you want to do. 
     
    Windows 11 - Registry Download Method - Open Disable Show More Options Context Menu
  3. Click “Run” when asked
     
    Windows 11 - Registry Download Method - Open Disable Show More Options Context Menu - Run
  4. Confirm the warning of Registry Editor with “Yes”
     
    Windows 11 - Registry Download Method - Open Disable Show More Options Context Menu - Run - Accept
  5. Click “OK”
     
    After a reboot or manually restarting Explorer.exe, the full context menu will be shown without having to first click on “Show more options”.
     
    Windows 11 - Registry Download Method - Open Disable Show More Options Context Menu - Run - Accept

How to Disable “Show More Options” with a Powershell Command

This section guides you through the process of using Windows PowerShell to disable the “Show More Options” feature. PowerShell is a powerful scripting environment that allows for automation and configuration of various system settings. By using a specific command, you can quickly modify the context menu settings.

  1. Open “Windows Terminal”
     
    Windows 11 - Open Windows Terminal
  2. Run a new tab with “Windows PowerShell”
     
    Windows 11 - Windows Terminal - Open PowerShell
  3. Run the PowerShell command to disable “Show More Options”
     
    Run this command:
     
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32" /f /ve 
     Windows 11 - Windows Terminal - PowerShell - Enter the CMD to Disable Show More Options
  4. Optional: Run the PowerShell command to enable “Show More Options”
     
    Run this command:
     
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}" /f 
     
    Windows 11 - Windows Terminal - PowerShell - Enter the CMD to Enable Show More Options

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Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.