Hidden Secret “Exit Explorer” Option in Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar
Microsoft has finally added the much awaited Start Menu in the latest Windows 10 operating system. Now Windows 10 users have both Start Menu as well as Start Screen, also they have a choice to use any one of them.
If you remember long time back we posted about hidden secret "Exit Explorer" option present in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Start Menu in following tutorial:
- Hidden Secret Trick to Exit Explorer Using Start Menu in Windows Vista and 7
- Hidden Secret Trick to Exit Explorer Using Shut Down Dialog Box in Windows
When Microsoft removed Start Menu from Windows 8/8.1, they decided to put the secret "Exit Explorer" option in Taskbar context menu:
The good news is that the same secret option can also be revealed in Windows 10. Just press and hold CTRL+SHIFT keys and then right-click on Taskbar:
Once you click on this secret option, it'll end task of Windows Explorer and you'll have no access to Taskbar, Start Menu/ Start Screen, etc.
To get everything back, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together to launch Task Manager. If it opens in mini mode, click on More details button and then click on "File -> Run new task" option. Type explorer in the text box and click on OK button and you'll get everything back and running.
Also since Microsoft has added Start Menu back to Windows 10 OS, it also contains the secret "Exit Explorer" option.
Open Start Menu in Windows 10 and press and hold CTRL+SHIFT keys and then right-click in empty area of Start Menu.
You'll get a secret "Exit Explorer" option in the context menu as shown in following screenshot:
UPDATE: When Windows 10 preview build 9926 released, Microsoft replaced the above mentioned Start Menu with a new and improved Start Menu developed in XAML. Unfortunately the new Start Menu doesn't come with this hidden secret "Edit Explorer" option.
Posted in: Windows 10
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