When an application is not working, 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. Restarting the computer is too long and not recommended if we discuss the file explorer.
In Windows 11, we can completely restart the explorer without restarting our computer. Remember 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 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.
- To restart the explorer, click on File Explorer with the right mouse button and Restart.
This is the best solution if the browser has stopped working because it has hung. This trick works in both Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems. 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.