On Windows 11, the context menu (also known as the right-click menu) that shows when you right-click on a shortcut or icon has been revamped to have a more modern appearance. The current context-entire menu’s purpose is to give you with fewer options that are always relevant and beneficial to the shortcut or icon you’ve right-clicked on.
Microsoft executives previously stated that a revamped context menu in Windows 11 version 21H2 will solve the performance difficulties, as well as the extremely large and poorly structured context menu of Windows 10.
File Explorer relies heavily on the Windows context menu. Many commands or activities are included in the Explorer process, which can cause performance and other issues if the menu is bloated with unnecessary options. Microsoft built a new command bar to house popular functionalities like copy and cut in order to reduce bloatware.
The essential commands in the context menu have been arranged in a row to make things easier for users. To avoid bloat, other options such as “Open” and “Open with” are grouped together. Although the context menu is now much more compact and modern, it still has two flaws: laggy/slow performance and missing commands.
The new context menu in Windows 11 is anticipated to be a better alternative to the conventional menu, but its WinUI and Fluent Design overhaul may be slow at times. Fortunately, Microsoft is aware of the concerns, and the majority of the bugs will be addressed in a future version of Windows 11.
Microsoft, for example, is experimenting with a new feature that would increase the efficiency of File Explorer folder navigation. Similarly, right-clicking inside the File Explorer window should no longer cause explorer.exe to crash.
The missing features in Windows 11’s context menu
The second issue with the modern context menu is that advanced commands must be accessed through the “display additional choices” or old menu. If you wish to refresh the contents of a folder in Explorer, for example, you must first select “display more options” to get to the “Refresh” button.
While the refresh button is still absent, Windows 11 Build 22518 adds support for additional top-level commands to the context menu. Microsoft has made the following improvements as a result of the feedback:
- You can now install font and.inf files by right-clicking them.
- You can now install certificates by right-clicking on.cer files.
- Right-clicking on “This PC” in Explorer now gives you access to “Map network drive” and “Disconnect network drive.”
- When you right-click on network drives, the “Disconnect” option is returned.
It’s worth mentioning that the classic context menu isn’t going anywhere, and no commands are being eliminated for the time being. Because most apps haven’t been updated to support Windows 11’s new API for app extensions, this is the case.
The revised context menu is now available in the Dev Channel for testers, and it will be rolled out to everyone in the autumn 2022 update for Windows 11.