When an application is not working normally, the best thing you can do is close it and reopen it. If after performing this process, the application still does not work, we should restart our computer. If we talk about the file explorer, restarting the computer is too long and not recommended.
In Windows 11 we can completely restart the explorer without restarting our computer. It should be remembered that the file explorer in Windows is integrated into the system, so we cannot close and reopen it, but we have to access the task manager to be able to carry out this action.
Steps to Restart File Explorer (explorer.exe) in Windows 11
- Press the combination of keys Control + Alt + Del or, placing the mouse on the taskbar, press the right mouse button and select Task Manager.
- Next, we go to the Processes tab. If the file manager is open, it will be displayed in the Applications section. If not, we must open it to be able to restart it.
- Now to restart the explorer, we must click on File Explorer with the right mouse button and click Restart.
If the browser has stopped working, because it has hung, this is the best solution. This trick works in both Windows 10 and Windows 11. If you regularly run into this problem, you can make an executable file that does this every time we need it. To do this, we open the Notepad application and copy the following.
taskkill / f / im explorer.exe
When saving the file, we must write the name you want and save it with the .bat extension, like abc.bat or example.bat.