Windows 11 Context Menu Share Dialog Options Appearance

Let’s check about Windows 11 context menu and share dialog improvements. Windows 11 balances a new, refreshed look and feel with the familiarity of Windows, offers a visually seamless experience across platforms. That also brings refinement to contextual file operations in the right-click context menu, and share dialog shares its design aspects.

context menu is a menu in a graphical user interface (GUI) that appears upon user interaction, such as a right-click mouse operation that offers a list of relevant commands that apply to the current selection or task. If you are already in File Explorer or on the Desktop, it significantly reduces the number of steps to complete a file operation than opening a separate app.

Windows 11 improved the context menus and the Share dialog in response to interfaces compared to Windows 10 context menu. Microsoft has also highlighted Context Menu Best Practices that developers should follow when registering their apps with the Windows 11 context menu.

Where is the context menu in Windows 11?

A context menu appears when you right-click on the desktop or a file or folder in Windows. This menu gives you added functionality by offering you actions you can take with the item. A context menu offers a limited set of available choices in the current state, or context, of the operating system or application to which the menu belongs.

Context Menu Improvement

As useful as the Windows 10 context menu is, there are aspects of its design Microsoft sought to improve in Windows 11.

  • The most common commands – cut, copy, paste, delete, and rename – are far from the mouse pointer, touch point, or pen.
  • The menu is exceptionally long. It has grown in an unregulated environment for 20 years, since Windows XP, when ContextMenu was introduced.
  • It includes commands which are rarely used.
  • Commands that should be grouped together – such as Open and Open with – are sometimes far apart.
  • Commands added by apps have no common organizational schema and can interrupt sections of inbox commands.
  • Commands added by apps are not attributable to the app itself.
  • Many commands run in-process in Explorer, which can cause performance and reliability issues.
Windows 11 Context Menu
Windows 10 Context Menu | Credit – Microsoft

Windows 11 Context Menu Improvement

When you open the windows 11 context menu, you will display the following listed items. Here’s how Windows 11 context menu addresses these problems in the following ways –

  • Common commands are placed right next to where the menu is invoked.
  • “Open” and “Open with” are grouped together.
  • Apps extend the menu with IExplorerCommand + app identity. Unpackaged Win32 apps can use Sparse Manifests. IExplorerCommand support extends back to Windows 7.
  • App extensions are grouped together below Shell verbs.
  • Cloud Files provider apps are placed next to the Shell commands to hydrate or dehydrate the file.
  • Apps with more than 1 verb are grouped into a flyout with app attribution.
  • “Show more options” loads the Windows 10 context menu as-is for access to low-use Shell verbs and apps still working on porting over. No commands have been removed entirely.
  • Shift-F10 or the keyboard menu key will also load the Windows 10 context menu.
Windows 11 Context Menu | Credit - Microsoft
Windows 11 Context Menu | Credit – Microsoft

Improvement in Share Dialog

Starting with Windows 11 latest update, The share dialog has also been improved when users Righ click on selective items and click on Share.

Windows 11 Context Menu - Share Button
Windows 11 Context Menu – Share Button

You will get the following listed option with improved features –

  • Nearby sharing is now much easier to use.
  • If you use the Mail app, In Email a contact the first entry in the contacts list helps you easily send an email to yourself, Frequetly contact, Find more contact from list.
  • All apps can now apprear in the Share dialog, including unpackaged Win32 apps and PWAs installed through Microsoft Edge are also supported if they implement the Web Share Target API. Learn more about Progressive Web App (PWAs).
Windows 11 Context Menu - Share | Credit - Microsoft
Windows 11 Context Menu – Share | Credit – Microsoft


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