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    Enable or Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    01 Feb 2023
    Designer Media Ltd

    How to Enable or Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10


    The method in this tutorial no longer works since Windows 10 version 1809.




    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
    Enable or Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10-wide_context_menus.jpg



    Here's How:

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

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\FlightedFeatures

    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

    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.

    Enable_wide_context_menus_in_Windows10.bat

    Download


    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.

    Disable_wide_context_menus_in_Windows10.bat

    Download


    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,
    Shawn Brink






  1. Posts : 86
    Windows 10 64bit
       #1

    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. Posts : 68,344
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    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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  3. Posts : 481
    Windows 10 pro 1903 1862.145
       #3

    My system suddenly went to wide menus for no apparent reason. I just downloaded the batch file and applied it. Unfortunately it didn't work -- and I assume it did work last July. Here's a shot. Any ideas?Enable or Disable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10-wide.jpg
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  4. Posts : 68,344
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello Bob, :)

    I just checked on build 17639, and it appears to still be working for me.

    The context menu width will always automatically adjust to the text in it. If enabled, the text should appear a bit darker to help tell the difference.

    It appears that you are using a custom skin or context menu though since that it not how the context menu looks like by default in Windows 10.
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Apr 2018 at 16:45.
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  5. Posts : 481
    Windows 10 pro 1903 1862.145
       #5

    I'm glad to report that all is OK now. I had to reboot and the menus are good.

    Thanks!
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 68,344
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Great news.
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       #7

    Is it possible to do it the other way around? Applying the wide context menu style to "classic" context menus?
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  8. Posts : 68,344
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    AnonTenUser said:
    Is it possible to do it the other way around? Applying the wide context menu style to "classic" context menus?
    Hello,

    Context menus are wide by default.

    Could you provide an example screenshot of a context menu you mean just to clarify?
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  9. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       #9

    Brink said:
    Hello,

    Context menus are wide by default.

    Could you provide an example screenshot of a context menu you mean just to clarify?
    For example the desktop context menu compared to the taskbar context menu. Vertically, the taskbar context menu is wider than the desktop context menu.
      My Computer


 

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