I was having an issue on my computer lately where I had to frequently restart the Explorer process to get my computer back to work. And that got me thinking of the ways I can do that.
Right-click the Taskbar and choose Task Manager to open it. Or alternatively, simply press Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Find Windows Explorer in the Process list, and click the Restart button at the bottom right corner.
If you are having trouble opening Task Manager, running the following two command lines in a Command Prompt would do the same.
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe start explorer.exe
You can save the two command lines in a batch file so you can easily run it by just double-clicking it.
This is going to be by far the easiest. Open a PowerShell console and run the following cmdlet and watch the Explorer process to be killed and restarted.
Stop-Process -ProcessName explorer
You can save it as a .PS1 file on your desktop for easy access as well. Even better, you can create a PowerShell module to Restart Explorer, if you are interested.
Anything more to add? Feel free to share in the comment.