How To Disable Show More Options in Windows 11

Windows 11 has come out with new and exciting features, including a few changes to the user interface. However, not all the tweaks have simplified things. For instance, the platform has now ditched the old classic context menu. To access the File Explorer context menu, right-click and navigate to “Show more options.” While the feature isn’t bad, it means more work for some users.

How To Disable Show More Options in Windows 11

If you love a neat and condensed context menu, this article can help. You’ll learn how to disable the Windows 11 “Show more options” feature in several ways. You’ll also see how to enable it again if you change your mind. Keep reading to find out more.

Disabling Show More Options in Windows 11 using the Registry

Fortunately, Windows 11 doesn’t allow you to disable the “Show more options” menu; the process is part of the new simplistic design. Regardless, you can switch to the old Windows 10 Explorer right-click options by changing the Registry. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. In the “Search” box at the bottom, type “reg” to open search results, then click on “Run as administrator.”
  3. Right-click on the “CLSID” folder, choose “New,” then select “Key.”
  4. In the “New Key #1″ folder you created, right-click it and rename it to”{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}"and press “Enter.”
  5. Right-click the newly named folder and choose “New -> Key” again.
  6. Change the name to”InprocServer32“and press “Enter” to save it.
  7. Launch ‘Task Manager” by pressing “Ctrl + Shift + Esc.”
  8. Right-click “Windows Explorer” under the “Apps” section at the top (NOT the one under “Windows processes” at the bottom) and choose “Restart.”
  9. Open “File Explorer” and test out the right-click option. You should see the original Windows 10 file/folder options now.

The process above instantly removes the “Show more options” menu and replaces it with the original Windows 10 file options classic menu. You won’t have to reboot to get the changes, and they’ll reappear after restarting or booting up your system, unlike other registry edits that revert to the previous settings.

Disabling Show More Options in Windows 11 using the Command Prompt

Alternatively, you can use the Command Prompt to make registry changes. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Type “cmd” in the “Search bar” at the bottom to open search results, then choose “Command Prompt.” Admin is not needed.
  2. Type the following command and press “Enter” to execute it.
    reg add HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32 /ve /d "" /f
  3. Restart “Windows Explorer” by typing the following two commands:
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    start explorer.exe
  4. Open “File Explorer” and test out the right-click option. You should see the original Windows 10 file/folder options now.

If the “Show more options” context menu doesn’t disappear immediately, try restarting File Explorer again using the above commands, try running the prompt as Administrator, or redo the entire process. Windows 11 File Explorer now displays the classic Windows 10 right-click menu for files and folders. Unlike other select registry edits that return to the original state, the registry change stays when restarting or booting.

How to Revert to Show More Options in Windows 11

If you decide that the Windows 10 right-click menu is no longer desired in Windows 11, follow the instructions below to revert the changes to using “Show more options” once again.

  1. To restore defaults, type the following command to revert the changes, then press “Enter.” No restart is required for this step.
    reg delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}"
  2. Type “y” or “yes” in the confirmation prompt and press “Enter” to accept the deletion.

Windows 11 should now display the “Show more options” again in the context menu.

While Windows 11 has many excellent features, getting used to some of them can be quite a hassle. Fortunately, you can always revert to the old context menu using the Registry.

Have you tried disabling the “Show more options” context menu in Windows 11? Please let us know in the comments section below.

7 thoughts on “How To Disable Show More Options in Windows 11”

KSHNN says:
The CMD one still work.
Tom says:
Unfortunately in version 22H2 build 22621.1635 this does not work for me😢
niston says:
cmd method worked. many thanks!
James says:
Along with the explorer patch on GitHub (works on 1555) and your help, I was able to have my explorer that way I like it. Thank you. This works on 1555
Ray says:
“You’ll also see how to enable it again if you change your mind” where can I find the tutorial to enable it again pls?
Steve Larner says:
Thanks. The previous edits excluded the option to revert changes when the old method was no longer valid. Article has been updated as of June 3rd, 2023.
Prateek says:
thanks, it worked through cmd
jeff says:
doesnt work. delete this page as its just click bait
Steve Larner says:
It worked as of March 23, 2023, but another build update (as of March 24, 2023) added a new requirement. The article was updated on March 23rd, 2023, and the Windows 11 laptop it was tested on had the latest version (version 22H2 build 22621.1265 with Experience Pack 1000.22638.1000.0). However, as of March 24, 2023, the new build (22621.1413) requires Windows Explorer to be restarted after you make the changes. As of March 24, 2023, the article has been updated to reflect the new requirement to remove the More Options file menu in Windows 11. The previous build may have also required Explorer to get restarted for some people, but it didn’t on our Windows 11 laptop until this new build got installed. Hope that helps!
Stan says:
Thank you 🙂 It worked! (did through cmd)

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