Windows 11’s modern context menu is getting support from developers

Windows 11 is all about design improvements. The OS has an
entirely new look for Start Menu, notification center, and
taskbar. Inbox apps like
Notepad and
MS Paint are also getting a redesign, and there are new
context menus to support the overall look of Windows 11.

Windows 11 comes with new context menus (right-click menus).
The context menu is one of the most important features of
Windows, but these menus are generally super-long. In fact,
sometimes users need to scroll through the list of dozens of
options before they can locate commands like copy and rename.

This indicates that there’s a problem with the UI or the way
the context menu currently works. Based on these inputs,
Microsoft has created a new context menu experience for Windows
11, but there’s a catch – the new context menu doesn’t support
existing shortcuts, so those options are now grouped under a
“Show more options” entry.

WinRAR, a popular file archiver utility for Windows, is now
getting support for Windows 11’s modern context menu. With
version 6.10 beta, WinRAR brings all of its items to the new
context menu.

Windows 11 context menu devs

As you can see in the above screenshot, there’s a new WinRAR
option in the context menu, which means you no longer have to
rely on the “show more options” fallback to access WinRAR
features.

In the changelog, WinRAR developers explained that apps can
only add a top-level command or submenu to the context menu on
Windows 11.

“If “Cascaded context menus” in “Integration settings” dialog
is on, this single item is a submenu storing all necessary
WinRAR commands. If this option is off, only one
extraction command for archives and one archiving command for
usual files are available,” the company noted.

Additionally, 7-Zip, a free and open-source file archiver, is
also expected to get support for these new menus. If you can’t
wait for the 7-Zip update, you can download its clone NanaZip instead.

Windows 11 menu

It’s just a matter of time until more developers start updating
their apps with support for Windows 11’s new menu. At one
point, “show more options” won’t be required, but given the
rollout of the new operating system and slow development of
legacy apps, it’s pretty clear that “show more options” or the
old context menu will remain part of Windows 11.

Microsoft is currently planning to complete the rollout of
Windows 11 by mid-2022 and context menus will be updated with
additional improvements including Recycle Bin integration.

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