All of the Windows users use the Windows Explorer every day, though they might not know that’s what it’s called. Windows Explorer is the tool that helps the Windows user to explore the files and folders present in the system. This also allows the users to perform various functions with these files and folders. In other words, it is the Windows Explorer tool that facilities the opening of files and folders, copying them to other locations, and performing many other functions like Delete, Cut, Move, etc.
The Windows Explorer application file
If you search in the Windows Help and Support section, you would that the Windows Explorer can be enabled or disabled like any other application in the system. You can go to the Task Manager and disable the explorer.exe process running in the system.
Remember that this disables the Windows Explorer on the whole. This means that the Window Explorer window would disappear from the screen and even the desktop icons would now disappear. Only the application windows – if you have anything open and running – and the Task Manager would be on the Windows screen.
If you minimise any of these applications, it would be difficult to access it again as the Task bar would also disappear along with the Windows Explorer. In fact, on the screen, there would only be the desktop background wallpaper visible, with no Start Menu, Task Bar or the Desktop icon.
In order to get the Windows Explorer tool up and running again, you need to execute the explorer.exe command from the Windows Run execution box. However, since the Start Menu was disabled along with the Windows Explorer, you can use the Task Manager for this. Click on the New Task button on the Task Manager, type in explorer.exe, and press Enter. This would bring back the Windows Explorer.
Creating the Windows Explorer shortcut on your desktop
It is indeed easy to add a shortcut icon for the Windows Explorer tool to your desktop. All you have to do is find the Windows Explorer option in your All Programs section, in the Start Menu. It would be present in the Accessories section. There, right click on the Windows Explorer option and select the Send To option, and then the Desktop option. This would create a shortcut icon for Windows Explorer on the desktop screen.
For fixing any error with the Windows Explorer, visit the official Windows help webpage.