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File Explorer is one of the most used applications in Windows. As such, there are several ways to open File Explorer. Once such method is using the Task Manager. i.e., run or open File Explorer from Task Manager.

All you have to do is run a single command in the Task Manager, and the File Explorer will open instantly.

So, why would you need to run File Explorer from the task manager?

Well, it’s not often, but there will be times when the system is unresponsive, and you need to run an application or open a file. In those cases, this trick helps you open File Explorer from the Task Manager.

So, without further ado, let me show you how you can run File Explorer from the task manager in Windows. Though I’m showing the procedure in modern Windows, 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 run new tasks with Run commands directly from the task manager. Sounds complicated, but it is pretty easy to do. Let me show you how:

  1. Right-click on the taskbar.
  2. Select the “Task Manager” option.
  3. Click the “Run new task” option at the top.
  4. Type “explorer” in the blank field.
  5. Press the “Ok” button.
  6. Task Manager instantly opens the File Explorer window.

Detailed steps:

First, open the task manager by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting the “Task Manager” option. You can also press the Start key on your keyboard, search for “Task Manager,” and click on the top result.

If your system is frozen or not responding and you cannot use the right-click method, then press the “Ctrl + Shift + Escape” keyboard shortcut to open Task Manager. This action will open the task manager.

open task manager by right-clicking on the taskbar

Once the task manager opens, click the “Run new task” button at the top. On Windows 10 and older versions, click the “File → Run new task” option appearing on the top navigation bar.

click on run new task option

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

use explorer command and click ok

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

File Explorer opened from task manager

Wrapping Up

As you can see, it is pretty simple to run File Explorer from task manager in Windows 11, 10, 7, or 8.

I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need help, email me, and I will try to help as much as possible.

If you like this article, check out how to disable task manager in Windows and open multiple File Explorer windows in Windows.

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