How To Disable Chrome’s Annoying New Right-Click Menu Style

How To Disable Chrome’s Annoying New Right-Click Menu Style

If you’ve updated Chrome recently, you may have noticed that context menus — the ones you see when you right-click anything — have changed. Instead of being just like any other right-click menu, they’re now stylised with white backgrounds and smaller text in the centre. Personally, I hate them. If you hate them too, here’s how to get the old menus back.

The new menus only appear in Chrome for Windows, and only then in beta, dev and Canary. You’ll need to add a flag to the shortcut you use to launch Chrome to get the old menus back:

  1. Right-click your Google Chrome shortcut (if it’s in the taskbar, right-click the icon, then right-click “Google Chrome” in the popup menu).
  2. Select “Properties”.
  3. Click the “Shortcut” tab if it’s not already highlighted.
  4. In the “Target” field, add this to the end of whatever’s already there (with two hyphens before “disable”):


  5. Click Apply, then OK.

That’s all there is to it. Now, whenever you launch Chrome from that shortcut, you’ll see the old right-click menu style. Yes, “hate” is a strong word, but I certainly don’t think the look of the right-click menu is something that needed to be changed, and I preferred the old look better. Thankfully, this flag fixes the “improvement”, at least until Google removes the flag entirely.

Don’t like Chrome’s New Menus? Here is how to Disable Them [Techdows]


  • Hah I noticed this too but just assumed I was smoking crack.

    fyi I think the real major change seems to be that these menus appear to be html, which would mean they are quite likely a bolt on to the current DOM document which would make sense given the announced changes in the new chrome fork which would see everything on the page unified through a single all purpose engine..

    bit interesting!

  • Personally, I like them better now. I also suspect it is to enhance the touch friendly-ness of Chrome. They are bigger targets now, so hopefully easier to hit with your finger.

    Each to their own I guess.

  • A few quick additions:

    1. If you have Chrome set to stay open in the background (eg. for mail notifications), you need to close the Chrome background process either through the system tray icon or Task Manager before the command line switch will work.

    2. The switch only works if it’s used on the first instance of Chrome to be launched at any given time. If you have Chrome app shortcuts and you launch those before you launch the Chrome browser, you won’t get the old menus in either of them unless you add the flag to the app shortcut as well.

    • There’s a ton of extra padding, is the main problem. When your muscle memory is used to being able to right-click, move the mouse the minimum amount to hit ‘open in new tab’ and click, it’s pretty annoying finding that on the new menu you’re clicking on padding that does nothing now instead.

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