Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/179053/how-to-restart-the-start-screen-and-taskbar-explorer.exe-in-windows-8.x/
If your Taskbar, System Tray, or even the Start Screen starts acting up, you don’t have to power off or reboot your computer. You can usually just restart the Explorer process, and Windows 8.x makes that really easy.
I didn't know about the hidden option to close Windows Explorer before reading this article. I always used to kill the process then re-open via the Run command or restarted the computer.
In windows 7, I always opened task manager, went to processes tab, ended explorer.exe, switched to applications tab, Hit the new task button and type in explorer. A few more steps than Windows 8, but worth it if your don't want to switch.
I always used the run command from inside task manager good to know an alternative. Never knew that was an option in earlier versions either.
Thanks! didn't know this good tip.
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