We have already seen how you can edit the context menu options, but here we will discuss how to activate or deactivate the context menu.
The Windows context menu is the one that comes out when you right-click on different parts of the operating system’s graphical interface, offering options for many things. If the context menu does not work for you in Windows 10, it is most likely disabled, so next we will see how you can reactivate it.
How to activate the context menu
Next we will see two ways in which you can activate the context menu on your Windows PC.
In group policies
# 1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc in the start menu to open it.
# 2. Then go to the following path:
User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> File Explorer
# 3. In the right panel, double-click Remove Default File Explorer context menu.
# 4. To activate the context menu of the right mouse button, you must select the Not configured option . If, on the other hand, you want to deactivate this menu, you must choose the Enabled option .
# 5. When you make your choice, click the OK button .
This option removes the context menus from the desktop and File Explorer. If you enable it, the menus will not appear when you right-click or click on items in File Explorer.
In the Registry Editor
# 1. Type regedit in the Start menu search and select Registry Editor.
# 2. Inside the Registry Editor go to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
# 3. Next you need to right-click on the right panel and create a new 32-bit DWORD value, with the name NoViewContextMenu.
# 4. Double click on the newly created key and set a value of 0 to activate the File Explorer context menu. If you want to disable it, then you must set the value to 0.
Activate the context menu
With one of these two methods you can activate or deactivate the context menu in Windows. It can serve you in almost all versions of Windows, from Windows XP to Windows 10.