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How to Restart File Explorer in Windows 11

Apr 29, 2024

Whenever you encounter Windows problems, such as the taskbar not responding or file navigation seeming slow. Restarting File Explorer usually solves a lot of problems. In this article, we will explore how to restart File Explorer without restarting your computer.

Method 1: Restart File Explorer Using Task Manager

Windows Task Manager is used to view running processes, end tasks, review computer performance, and more. Since File Explorer is a process that always runs in the background, it is not surprising that you can restart it using Task Manager.

 Restart File Explorer Using Task Manager

Method 2: Restart File Explorer Using Command Prompt

Command Prompt is a versatile tool that helps you perform various tasks on your computer using specific commands.

 open command prompt
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

Type the following command
Method 3: Restart File Explorer Using a Batch File

A batch file is a script file consisting of a set of commands. This can be used if you want to be able to restart File Explorer faster and avoid using Task Manager altogether.

Step 1: Open Notepad and type the following command

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

Note: each command starts in a new line.

Open Notepad

Step 2: Save the Notepad document as a batch file

 File save as
 Save the Notepad document as a batch file


In short, restarting File Explorer is very simple. When you want to restart File Explorer, you can choose one of the three effective methods mentioned in this article to do it in a way that best suits you.