A Quick Fix for Slow “Downloads” Folders in Windows 10

Dave LeClair 29-02-2016

Is your Downloads folder 8 Nifty Windows Folder Tricks You Have to Know Look after your folders and they'll look after you — use these tips to get a head start! Read More 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 How To Open Strange File Types In Windows Computers know thousands of different file formats. Sometimes, both you and Windows are clueless as to how to open a strange file. Here is how you can figure out how to open those files. Read More , not just one type. By default, though, Windows 10 will optimize the folder for photos 15 Awesome Facebook Cover Photos You Have To See From artistic to clever to just plain beautiful, take a look at these 15 amazing Facebook cover photos and see if you like them enough to give the thumbs up. Read More . 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 File Explorer's Address Bar Has a Cool Feature in Windows 10 The address bar in Windows 10's File Explorer can now do something that'll make your life more convenient. Read More , 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