Close Explorer.exe To Save Yourself From Distractions

Close Explorer.exe To Save Yourself From Distractions

If you need to get something done by constantly feel bombarded by distractions around your computer, there’s no need to block programs from running — you can just shut down your taskbar so you can’t reach them.

If distraction-free writing tools just aren’t doing it for you, you can make nearly any app distraction-free just by closing explorer.exe. Reader Я Ξ √ Ω L U T ↑ ☼ N $ explains:

Gotta do something that doesn’t require Firefox or Chrome, but keep getting distracted by the interwebs? Close explorer.exe from the Process Manager, and keep only the window you need open. I was writing something long in Word recently, and I would continuously go back to Firefox to check my email or the news even though I didn’t need to. Closing explorer.exe prevented me from going anywhere until I opened explorer again.

It’s a very simple way to rid yourself of potential distractions. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to work on a Mac, which relaunches the Finder and Dock every time you quit them (though you could hide the Dock from System Preferences — just having it out of sight may help keep you from distractions).


  • Was an interesting article, and seemed useful until I did closed explorer.exe

    What the article doesnt say is how you can get the explorer.exe thread running again.

    i figured it out the hard way – did a reboot. But I also came upon another way around this – if you still have the task manager open – you can “run” explorer.exe and it restores your system. If task manager is not available, use ctrl+alt+del to start task manager.

    • You can also restart explorer by pressing Start+R to open the ‘run’ dialogue, then enter ‘explorer.’

      I look forward to trying this trick when my next assignment is due.

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