Microsoft is upgrading right-click context menus in Windows 11

Windows 11 right click menu update

With Windows 11,
Microsoft is modernizing the right-click context menus for
UWP and Win32 (desktop) apps. As part of the update, Microsoft
is also improving the contextual file operations and
introducing new opportunities for Windows apps, including
unpackaged Win32 apps.

Unlike Windows 10 feature updates, Windows 11 comes with plenty
of changes. If you installed the preview builds, you probably
know that Microsoft has updated the design of various context
menus. The new and modern context menu is still in the early
days and it’s missing some options which are available in the
classic context menu.

For older apps, Microsoft has created a new “Show more options”
section in the context menu. If you click on the “Show more
options”, it will open the original context menu that was
bundled with Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7. Of course,
the original context menu now also supports rounded corners,
but the design remains completely unchanged.

Windows 11 right click menu

In addition to better usability, Windows 11’s new context menu
also promises better performance.

As you’re probably aware, the classic menu has grown in an
unregulated environment since Windows XP and many commands rely
on File Explorer (Explorer.exe). Microsoft doesn’t allow users
to customize the context menu or prevent apps from adding new
options to the menu.

This causes performance and reliability issues on Windows 10
and older versions.

With the new “Show more options” option, Windows 11 will load
the classic context menu in a way that will not affect the
overall performance of the system. The legacy context menu
commands haven’t been removed entirely and apps that rely on
older APIs will continue to work via this new option.

Context menu in Windows 11

In addition to performance improvements, common Windows
commands are now placed at the top of the modern menu. As you
can see in the above screenshots, the new context menu comes
with common commands – cut, copy, paste, delete and rename.

Similarly, Microsoft is planning to group “Open” and “Open
with” options to reduce clutter, and the “refresh” button has
been restored for those who need to refresh their
desktop/folder contents frequently.

Windows 11 share dialog is getting better

Additionally, the built-in share dialog for apps like Microsoft
Edge has also been improved in Windows 11.

The interface has been updated and users can now easily
discover their apps or settings under the Nearby sharing area.
For example, if you use the Mail app and it’s linked to
multiple Outlook or Gmail accounts, you can now easily discover
the first entry in the contacts to send an email to yourself.

Windows 11 Share dialog

Previously, Share dialog was exclusive to Microsoft and UWP
apps. With Windows 11, Microsoft is allowing all platforms
including unpackaged Win32 apps.

In addition to UWP and desktop apps, Microsoft Edge PWAs will
also support new Share dialog if they use the Web Share Target

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