Hidden Secret Trick to Exit Explorer Using Start Menu in Windows Vista and 7

We have told you in past about a hidden secret feature present in all Windows versions which allows you to quickly close Windows Explorer using shutdown dialog box.

Hidden Secret Trick to Exit Explorer Using Shut Down Dialog Box in Windows

Now its turn of another similar secret feature!

This time its a hidden option present in Windows Vista and Windows 7. You can follow a similar trick in Windows Vista and 7 to close Explorer cleanly and safely. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Click on Start Menu. Now press "Ctrl" and "Shift" keys and right-click on empty area in Start Menu as shown in following screenshot:


As you can see. You'll see a new option "Exit Explorer" which only appears when you use the Ctrl+Shift key combination.

2. Now click on "Exit Explorer" option and Windows will close the Explorer.

3. To get the Explorer back, press "Ctrl+Shift+Esc" keys and it'll open Task Manager. Now click on "File -> New Task (Run...)" option.


4. Type explorer in the text box and click on OK button:


5. That's it. Windows Explorer will be back.

This method is much safe and has been recommended by Microsoft itself.

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Posted in: Windows 7, Windows Vista

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  • Very Very nice method . I like this........... supperb method.....

  • Thanks, I was forgotten this small trick.

  • Thanks! just noticed playing around with this CTR-shift right click on a file in explorer also allows a few extra context menu items as well. Specifically "run as other user." and "open cmd windows here".

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