Enable or Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10
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    24 Jul 2017
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    How to Enable or Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10

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    A context menu is a menu in a graphical user interface (GUI) that appears when you right-click on an item in Windows. A context menu offers a limited set of choices that vary depending on the item you right clicked on.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 10537, Microsoft changed the appearance of the context menus for File Explorer, Desktop, and taskbar. The context menus are now wider with a slightly darker appearance.

    If you don't like the wider context menus, you can disable them to have the original context menus back for the Desktop and File Explorer.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable wide context menus for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable wide context menus.

    EXAMPLE: Wide context menus enabled and disabled
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    Here's How:

    Note   Note
    The .bat files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.


    ImmersiveContextMenu DWORD

    0 = Disable
    1 = Enable

    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

     2. To Enable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.



     3. To Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.



    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    5. Unblock the .bat file.

    6. Run the .bat file.

    7. Click/tap on Yes when prompted by UAC.

    8. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    9. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.

    That's it,
  1.    25 Jul 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 54
    Windows 10 64bit

    Of course another great tutorial Brink. It may be just me but I personally hate batch files for modifying registry keys.

    Thanks again for the great tutorial.
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  2.    25 Jul 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,272
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
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    You're most welcome Jerry.

    Yeah, I had to use a .bat file instead of a .reg file since it requires elevated rights to change the HKLM registry key and value, and explorer needs to restart to apply. A .bat file was an easy way to have it all done automatically.
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