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How to Run File Explorer from Task Manager in Windows

If and when needed, you can use a simple command to run File Explorer from the task manager. Follow the below steps to learn how.

Being one of the most used and useful tools of Windows, File Explorer has several different ways to open it. In fact, of the top of my head, I can think of ten different ways to run File Explorer. All these different ways let you open File Explorer not matter where you are or what you are doing.

One of those ways lets you open File Explorer directly from the task manager. All you have to do is run a single command and the File Explorer will open instantly. This trick is particularly helpful when your desktop is not responding but you need to access some sort of program to fix the issue.

So, without further ado, let me show how you can run File Explorer from the task manager in Windows.

Though I’m showing the procedure in Windows 10, the same steps can be replicated in Windows 7 and 8. After all, basic commands and programs don’t change that much in Windows.

Steps to Open or Run File Explorer from Task Manager

To open File Explorer using the task manager, we are going to use the “Run new task” feature built into it. As you can guess from the name itself, this option will let you create or run new tasks with Run commands directly from the task manager. Though sounds complicated, it is pretty easy to do.

1. First, open the task manager by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting the “Task Manager” option.

If your system is frozen or not responding and not able to use the right-click method then press Ctrl + Shift + Escape keyboard shortcut. This action will open the task manager.


2. In the task manager, click on the “File → Run new task” option appearing on the top navigation bar.


3. The above action will open the new task window. In the blank field, type “explorer” and press Enter or click on the “Ok” button.


That is it. As soon as you press the Enter button, File Explorer will open instantly.


Wrapping Up

As you can see, it is pretty simple to run File Explorer from task manager in Windows 10, 7 or 8.

Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, do check out how to disable task manager in Windows and how to open multiple File Explorer windows in Windows.

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