Too Much Inconsistency in Windows 10 Context Menus
Most of us have already started using Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10 and if you are not using Windows 10, you might have read a lot about the OS at our website as well as other websites on the big Internet.
But there is one annoying thing in Windows 10 which irritates me a lot. Today in this topic, I'm going to talk about that annoying thing.
Did you know Windows 10 comes with more than 8 types of context menus (right-click menus)? Yes, you heard it right. Although Microsoft has tried to provide a consistent user interface in Windows 10 but it seems they ignored the context menu area in Windows 10.
There are so many types of context menu present in Windows 10 that you can't even imagine. For your reading pleasure, we are going to list all different context menus we found in Windows 10.
So without wasting time lets start the tour of context menus in Windows 10:
1. Default Context Menu
Following is the default context menu which appears when you right-click on Desktop or in Windows Explorer or any other area:
Microsoft has tried to make the default context menu modern style in Windows 10 but to be honest I liked the previous context menu present in Windows 8/8.1 a lot:
Windows 8/8.1 context menu looks very neat and clean. On the other hand, Windows 10 context menu looks like a skinned menu. It looks like someone has applied a 3rd party skin such as WindowBlinds skin to context menus in Windows 10.
But that's my personal opinion. Many people may like the new context menu in Windows 10.
2. Start Menu Context Menu
As we know Windows 10 comes with a brand new Start Menu developed in XAML. If you right-click in Start Menu, you get a totally different context menu as shown in following image:
In my opinion, Microsoft should have used the default context menu in Start Menu as well. Microsoft tried to use a modern app style context menu in Start Menu which fails in consistency department.
Also one more annoyance! As you know, we can use accent color on Start Menu and Taskbar using Settings -> Personalization -> Colors option as mentioned here but even if you set any desired color on Start Menu, the context menu remains dark as shown in following image:
That's really a big UI issue. The context menu background color should automatically change to match Start Menu color.
3. Notification Area (System Tray) Context Menu
Try to right-click on an icon in Taskbar notification area (System Tray) such as Volume, Network or Action Center icon. You'll get another context menu which is not the default context menu:
Look closely at the background color as well as the highlight color when you move the cursor through various options present in context menu. The colors are different than the default context menu colors.
The same context menu is shown in Explorer titlebar and inside 3rd party software programs.
4. This PC Ribbon Context Menu
Now open This PC (Windows Explorer or My Computer) and right-click on the Ribbon toolbar and you'll get another new type of context menu:
Microsoft is using the same Office style context menu on Ribbon since the release of Windows 8. They should update the context menu to match the default context menu style.
5. Modern (Metro) Apps Context Menu
Open any modern app such as Microsoft Edge web browser and right-click on an empty area, you'll get another context menu:
This context menu is used in modern apps only.
6. Modern Apps Text Box Context Menu
Open any modern app and right-click in a text box. For example open Microsoft Edge browser and right-click in address bar and you'll get another new context menu:
This context menu appears when you right-click in a text box mostly search box. This context menu was present in Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen.
The same context menu also appears if you right-click in search results such as Cortana, etc.
7. Taskbar Icons Context Menu (Jumplist)
If you right-click on a program icon in Taskbar to access its jumplist, you'll get a different context menu:
Similar to Start menu context menu, the jumplist background color also doesn't change if you change Start Menu and Taskbar color. It always remains dark.
8. Classic Context Menus
Some 3rd party programs still show classic context menu similar to Windows 98/XP style in Windows 10. For example, when we right-clicked on FeedDemon program icon in Windows 10 notification area, we got another type of context menu i.e. classic context menu:
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Phew!!! These are the different context menus which we noticed in Windows 10. If you know about any other context menu, feel free to share it with us and we'll add it to the list.
Microsoft! Please fix the context menus in Windows 10 and use a single context menu in all places. Thank you.
Posted in: Windows 10
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