[Tip] Disable Dark Modern Context Menu and Restore Classic Context Menu in Windows 10 Taskbar
UPDATE 3 (May 27, 2016): A new version of the program is available for download which also restores classic context menu for WIN+X Menu along with Taskbar context menu and "Show Desktop" menu.
UPDATE 2: The program has been updated to also restore classic context menu for "Show/Peek at Desktop" menu.
UPDATE 1: A new version of the program is available for download which comes with improved functionality and an extra option in Taskbar context menu to toggle between dark modern context menu and classic context menu quickly and easily.
When Microsoft released Windows 10 operating system to public, the company announced about the new "Windows as a Service" model under which Microsoft will no longer release any new version of Windows OS but they'll keep updating the new Windows 10 with new features and keep fixing bugs and issues. That's why Microsoft is running Windows Insiders program in which people are testing upcoming Windows 10 builds and helping Microsoft in fixing issues and adding new features.
Following this model, recently Microsoft released Windows 10 November Update version 1511 (also known as Threshold 2 or Fall Update) to public which was actually a new Windows 10 build 10586. This new Windows 10 build came with many new features and fixes such as return of colorized titlebars, new personalization options in Settings app, updated modern (metro) apps and lots of UI changes.
You can read more about these changes and new features in our exclusive review of Windows 10 November Update build at following link:
Among all GUI changes, one change was very annoying specially for Desktop users. Microsoft replaced the classic context menu (right-click menu) of Taskbar, WIN+X Menu and Show Desktop icon with a modern (immersive) context menu which is dark in color and shows options with huge gap between them. It doesn't look good and takes lots of space of screen as shown in following screenshot:
This dark and modern context menu might be suitable for touch-enabled devices such as tablets but its not acceptable on Desktops. That's why today in this topic, we are going to share a small tweak which will disable this new dark and huge modern context menu in Windows 10 Taskbar, WIN+X Menu and Show Desktop icon and will bring back the good ol' classic context menu as shown in following screenshot:
If you also want to get rid of the dark and huge so called modern context menu in Windows 10 Taskbar, following steps will help you:
There is no Registry tweak or setting to disable this new dark context menu of Taskbar. Its hardcoded into Windows Shell, that's why we'll take help of a small batch file which will automatically inject a DLL file in Windows shell to disable the dark context menu of Taskbar and will replace it with the classic context menu.
[A big thanks to our reader "ReimuHakurei" for creating these files and sharing with us]
So first of all download the required batch script and files from following link:
After downloading the ZIP file, extract it using a file archive utility such as 7-Zip and you'll get 2 folders:
- 32-bit (x86)
- 64-bit (x64)
If you are using Windows 10 64-bit edition, use the files present in 64-bit (x64) folder. If you are using Windows 10 32-bit edition, use the files present in 32-bit (x86) folder. You can know which Windows 10 edition are you using with the help of System Properties. Press WIN+X keys together to launch Win+X Menu and select System option. It'll open System Properties window. Now check "System Type" information present under "System" section. It'll let you know whether you are using 32-bit edition or 64-bit edition.
Open the appropriate folder suitable for your Windows 10 edition and run Load.bat file. It'll immediately disable dark context menu and will bring back classic and small context menu in Windows 10 Taskbar.
You can also toggle between dark modern context menu and classic context menu any time by selecting or deselecting "Use immersive menu" option present in Taskbar context menu.
In future, if you want to restore the default dark modern context menu in Taskbar, you can run Release.bat file which will restore default modern context menu in Taskbar.
This tool comes with 2 useful Registry tweaks which can be used to customize the appearance of Taskbar context menu. With the help of these Registry tweaks you can:
- Show icons in Taskbar context menu
- Add your name or any other desired text string in Taskbar context menu
If you want to learn and use these Registry tweaks, check out following tutorial:
This tweak will only work for current session. If you restart your computer or restart Windows Explorer, you'll need to re-run the BAT file. To overcome this issue, you can add a shortcut of BAT file in Windows startup. To add the program shortcut to startup, do as following:
Copy and paste following path in RUN dialog box and press Enter:
It'll open Startup folder which usually contains program shortcuts which are set to automatically start with Windows. Now paste BAT file shortcut here and you are done.
Thanks again to our reader "ReimuHakurei" for sharing this tweak...
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