Windows 11’s classic context menu is finally getting a better design

Windows 11 old context menu

Windows 11 is
now widely available for users and it comes with plenty of
design changes or improvements. If you’ve already upgraded to
Windows 11 version 21H2 (Build 22000), you probably know that
the main or modern context menu still comes with a “Show more
options”, which opens the original context menu.

Windows 11’s new right-click menu is bigger and easier to read
or touch than Windows 10’s, but it’s also slower and Microsoft
is aware of the reports. Redesigned context menu comes with
icons for basic actions like copy, paste, rename and delete.
These options were previously lost in all third-party app
commands that bloated the classic menu.

Windows 11’s context menu hides functionality you might want
under a new menu/button called ‘Show More Options’, which
basically opens the classic context menu. However, the classic
context menu has design/padding issues and that’s something the
tech giant plans to address in a future release.

Windows 11 classic context menu

As you can see in the above screenshot, Microsoft is now
testing a new look for the classic/main context menu, which
appears when right-clicking in a folder of File Explorer or on
the desktop.

This is basically the original context menu that was bundled
with Windows 10, but it has been updated with a new design and
it looks pretty clean. It also uses a new blue accent colour,
typically used in modern Windows apps. However, it currently
doesn’t respect the accent colour in Windows 11 set by the
user.

Microsoft is testing the improved classic right-click menu in
the Dev Channel of the Insider Program and it will eventually
get better. It is not yet clear as to when the update will
begin rolling out to testers outside the program, though it’s
possible that the new context menu will be included in Windows
11 version 22H2, which is set to arrive in October 2022.

The most recent preview build also comes with important changes
for those who expect the modern context menu to appear
immediately when they right-click on the desktop. The
modern option has long been considered a slow menu by Windows
power users, and Microsoft has listened to the feedback.

In a future release of Windows 11,
you can expect performance improvements for both the context
menu and Explorer.exe. Microsoft is also planning to patch
crashes caused by File Explorer and taskbar, and these
improvements will be bundled with a future Patch Tuesday
release.

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