A Quick Fix for Slow “Downloads” Folders in Windows 10
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Is your Downloads folder not loading quickly enough? When you accumulate a large amount of files, opening it in Windows 10 can take ages. But there’s an easy solution!

You probably have all sorts of files downloaded, not just one type. By default, though, Windows 10 will optimize the folder for photos. This is great if that’s all you’re storing, but if you diversify your downloading habits, this will cause slowdowns.

You can change this setting by right-clicking on the folder while in an Explorer window, then clicking Properties. From there, click the Customize tab, then change the drop down box labeled “Optimize this folder for” to General Items.


That’s it! Now, when you open your Downloads folder, Windows will realize it has all types of files, and as such, it will load them faster.

Do you have any other small Windows issues that you’d like to fix? Maybe we can help! Hit the comments below and tell us your woes!

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  1. Adam
    March 3, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Just dont store things in your downloads folder...Its not really good to have it filled up.

  2. Davin
    March 1, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Good tip. I don't what causes some folders to get associated with the wrong type.

  3. Karyn
    February 29, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Worked like a charm! I was literally, just thinking "Why the heck does this folder, and only this folder, do this!?" I come by MUO with an unrelated agenda, and like magic, there's the answer I wasn't even looking for. Internet ESP. :D