How to Restart File Explorer in Windows 10

Here are four ways you can complete this task. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Open the Task Manager. You are on the Processes tab.

Note: In the Task Manager, click “More details” if you see no tabs. You will now see the Processes tab.

Right-click on “Windows Explorer.”

Choose “Restart” from the context menu. It is found above “End task“.

Method #2

Right-click on the taskbar while holding down Ctrl and Shift.

You can find the “Exit Explorer” option in the context menu under the Taskbar settings.

Click on it and you’ll see a blank desktop.

Press Ctrl, Shift, and Escape keys and you will see “Task Manager.”

Click File > Run new task in the Task Manager.

Type explorer in the “Create new task” box and then hit “Enter.”

Now you can see your desktop.

Method #3

Open Command Prompt.

Enter the following command: taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

Press Enter.

Enter the following command and then press the Enter key. Here is the command: explorer.exe

Alternatively, you can perform this task with just one command.

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe & explorer.exe


To quickly restart File Explorer, create a batch file and make a shortcut to it at your preferred location.

Here’s how to create a batch file:

Open Notepad.

Enter the following commands:

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


Now press Ctrl + S and select all files from the drop-down list next to “Save as type” in the “Save as” dialog box.

Remember to save the file as a batch file. Type the name of the batch file (here, I specify it as restartfe.bat) as something easy for you to remember. Click the Save button.

Create a shortcut to this file at the desired location.

Method #4

Open PowerShell.

Type the following command and then press Enter.

Here is the command: stop-process -name explorer