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Windows 11: This is how Microsoft is improving the context menu

Windows 11: New context menu

If you right-click on the desktop in the current test version of Windows 11 or press and hold on the touch screen, you will immediately see that the new context menu is much more compact and clear than in Windows 10. This is not only guaranteed by Sun Valley – design New with rounded corners, but also the fact that Microsoft has blocked rarely used functions from the menu so that important functions can be accessed more quickly. Microsoft promises that all outsourcing commands are still there, but they were in the submenu Show more options (Show more options), which is nothing more than the previous Windows 10 menu. With this trick, the Windows manufacturer was able to significantly simplify the menu without sacrificing functionality. You can directly open the Windows 10 menu at any time by using the keyboard shortcut Shift + F10.
But this is not the only improvement. Like Microsoft in a file Blog post Continues, the previous context menu has grown uncontrollably since its introduction under Windows XP. In addition to outsourcing rare commands, Windows 11 summarizes the most important commands — cut, copy, paste, rename, split, and delete — at the top of the context menu using icons so they aren’t too far from the mouse pointer. In addition, related commands such as “Open” and “Open with” are displayed one below the other in Windows 11, and in the future command groups from programs will be grouped together in submenus, see image below. In the end, entries from third-party software and the cloud are given their own areas and are no longer displayed crosswise.

The Windows 11 context menu (middle) is more visible than the Windows 10 context menu (left). The share menu (on the right) has also been greatly improved.

Windows 11: New Share menu

Additional improvements relate to the sharing menu, which is called from the notification center and various applications as well as the context menu. Microsoft advises that wireless data transfer to nearby devices (“nearby sharing”) will be much easier with Windows 11. In the enhanced menu, you can control your own devices with a single click or you can view other devices via a drop-down menu. As usual, this includes your most important email contacts, as Windows always shows your mail account first, because it’s mostly used to back up your data.

At the bottom of the list, in addition to the nearby sharing settings, you will find all the usual applications with which data can be shared. Unlike in Windows 10, apps from Microsoft Store can be merged not only as targets, but also traditional desktop software (uncompressed Win32 apps) and Progressive Web Apps (PWA) installed with Mirosoft Edge.