Windows 10: Downloads Folder takes forever to open - tried everything!

  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10, Dell Latitude 3460
       14 Mar 2018 #1

    Downloads Folder takes forever to open - tried everything!

    Hallo,My downloads folder takes forever to open, sometimes minutes before it has loaded every item.It is a common problem, and I've googled for answers but none of them seem to help. I've tried to right click on properties, and under customize set to general items, didn't work. I clicked on File Explorer and changed "show or hide" File extensions, but didn't work.Any suggestions?! Thanks!!
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  2.    15 Mar 2018 #2

    Possibly the volume (the number of files) needs to be trimmed or divided among several sub-folders.

    The volume could also be complicated by a file or two with non-standard naming protocols.
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  3.    15 Mar 2018 #3

    Check the folder attributes of that Downloads folder.
    Right-click the folder, choose Properties, and in the popup go to the Customize tab.

    It asks "What kind of folder do you want?"
    You can choose General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos.
    I've found that Documents works well sometimes, but General Items works better at other times.

    Someone else here might be able to describe how and why this makes a difference.
    But even without knowing why, it might solve your problem just by changing the folder type.

    If that doesn't help there is a last-resort possible fix.
    Open the Downloads folder in Explorer (and, because yours is slow, you wait a while).
    Then, in the View menu ... pull down the Options menu and choose "Change folder and search options".
    In the popup choose the View tab.
    In the checkbox area, checkmark the circle called "Show hidden files, folders, and drives".
    Farther down uncheck the box called "Hide protected operating system files".
    Click OK. Press the F5 key to refresh the Explorer window.
    You should now see a file called "desktop.ini" in the Downloads folder.
    Delete it (or change its name).
    Then, to put things back ... repeat the "Change folder and search options" activity, and put the checkboxes back the way they were:
    --> "Don't show hidden files" and checkmark on "Hide protected operating system files"
    This might solve your slowness problem.
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  4. Posts : 6
    Windows 10, Dell Latitude 3460
    Thread Starter
       15 Mar 2018 #4

    Thanks margrave55, the dektop.ini suggestion worked once, but upon return to the laptop this morning there still is no change. I am going to empty out the downloads folder, and start over again, i will report back.
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  5.    16 Mar 2018 #5

    I usually make a Download folder in another disk/root partition and point browsers to it. Much easier than to dig thru to get default place.
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