Windows 11’s new context menu is smaller and simpler

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  • Changes to context menus via the current version of Insider have triggered a tidal wave of user reactions.
  • Some say these differences are notable and welcome, making the operating system even better than before.
  • Other voices, however, claim that these tweaks are barely noticeable and have absolutely no impact on the operating system.
  • Thanks to the new version of Insider, Microsoft has managed to solve some of the problems related to the context menu.

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Everyone seems to be much happier with the choices Microsoft has decided to implement in context menus, which have been so heavily criticized in previous versions.

With the new version that the tech company just released, which is 22000.120, these context menus have received some long-awaited changes that apparently are appreciated by the Insider community.

Redesigned context menus sparked endless debate

You just can’t please everyone. This is the most important lesson the Redmond tech giant learned even after redesigning context menus, following community requests.

While some Windows 11 users are happy with the new tweaks, others still stick to their initial opinions: they’re still too big and slow.

One of the changes most appreciated by people currently testing Windows 11 is that legacy context menus must now strictly use rounded corners when used later when using Win32 apps.

As one would imagine in such cases, forums and social media platforms have been bombarded with tons and tons of positive and negative reviews, regarding these context menu changes.

Microsoft said KB5005188 comes with many improvements for desktop users. For example, the tech company updated File Explorer’s right-click context menus with a compact interface for mouse users.

[Build 22000.120] As a mouse and keyboard user, I’m really grateful that the spacing of modern context menus is now a little thinner, which is more comfortable.

However, as mentioned above, not all users are happy with the new changes and feel that more could have been done to improve the experience.

Still not compact enough. Is there a way to adjust the padding through the registry?

Of course, there’s still room for improvement, but the vast majority of insiders actively testing the new operating system feel that Microsoft is finally taking the right steps to deliver a great product.

What changes has Microsoft made to context menus?

As the company specified in the release notes for the new version, many adjustments have been made to these menus.

First, Microsoft fixed the GDI handle leak related to using the context menu, causing File Explorer to feel sluggish after prolonged use.

They also fixed a resounding explorer.exe crash related to using Acrylic in File Explorer context menus.

Additionally, the context menu should no longer flicker if hovered over it when contrast themes are enabled, and should no longer unexpectedly clip off to the side, without fully rendering.

Another aspect that made users crazy was the fact that when they right-clicked at the bottom of the screen, the context menu appeared at the top of the screen, but Microsoft fixed this problem as well.

An underlying issue that was thought to be the root cause of a scrollbar appearing in the context menu and explorer.exe crashing when you tried to interact with it, has apparently also been fixed.

Right-clicking multiple times in some applications such as Task Manager will no longer cause the context menu frame to change from round to square.

Windows 11 is slowly starting to feel better

While we can all clearly see the progress that has been made, it still seems like it’s taking Microsoft years to recognize and fix some of the issues that make performing day-to-day tasks a nightmare on the new operating system. .

However, if Microsoft decides to pick up the pace a bit, we might have a complete and working operating system by the end of the year, as they promised.

Few insiders believe this is a possible achievement, given the vast amount of work the operating system still needs.

But, if we’ve learned anything from the world of technology, it’s that anything can happen in the blink of an eye. This is clearly not the case for Windows 11, but we should not lose hope.

We can’t wait to see what new changes Microsoft will bring through future versions of Insider for Windows 11, and how close they get to the finish line, with each passing week.

What do you think of the changes to the new context menu? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.

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