If you are like me you probably love to download various stuff from the internet and then over time when you have a lot of files in the downloads folder it is slow to load, or when you want to sort by date for example it takes forever or never finishes.
What happens here is is downloads folder is optimized as pictures folder so probably windows is trying to generate a thumbnail of the files/picture.
Here is the solution:
- Right click on the downloads folder in windows explorer
- You need to go to Customize tab > Select General Items and apply this to all the subfolders as well
Now you downloads folder will load just fine :-)
Just wanted to say THANKS! This helped me big time.
It took a while to find your post, but also, THANKS!
THANK YOU FOR THIS! I’ve been so frustrated with this issue and now the sorting by date ACTUALLY WORKS!
Now that was a surprise. Must’ve been all the items stuffed in unzipped archives that were slowing it down. Thanks!
Why? WHY? I’ve suffered through this odd behavior for 2+ years, could not take it anymore… and with one google search, I find it’s not me, it’s my PC. Thank you!
Thanks this really helped.
Bravo! Thanks for the tip. This problem has bugged me for a long time.
Thanks for documenting this fix, I’d been suffering from the issue for a good year now. That’s definitely a dodgy assumption from Microsoft that people only download pictures…
Amazing. Can’t believe this isn’t the default selection by Windows.
I’ve suffered from the slow loading problem for so long.
not working for me
Any other suggestion