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Windows 8 features hidden explorer shell options

More Windows 8 and 8.1 hidden features are being discovered.

Published Mon, Dec 1 2014 11:02 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:12 PM CST

Windows 8 hidden features and Easter eggs are still being discovered, recent reports have claimed to find a hidden Explorer shell option in Windows 8 and 8.1 - allowing users to automatically organize and open programs alongside exiting the shell if needed.

Windows 8 features hidden explorer shell options |

Reports also claim that no additional programs, tweaks or registry settings are required to use these features.Interested in utilizing this for yourself? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Hold the Ctrl and Shift keys
  2. Right-click any blank area on the Windows 8 Taskbar
  3. Select the "Exit Explorer" option that appears in the list

This will effectively remove your Taskbar and Smart Screen from your system. If you want it back, you can follow a few different methods - firstly you must open your Task Manager.

  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and click the "Task Manager" option
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and hold down your Alt + T keys
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, which launches Task Manager directly

Once you've completed this task, click on File > Run new task. Type "explorer" into the pop-up box and select OK.

Why do you need to know this? OC MOD Shop, claims that this feature is useful if you're wanting to "test a new Windows shell or fix an Explorer crash without having to completely reboot your PC".


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