Fix: Slow Loading Downloads Folder in Windows 10

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Have you ever noticed that the folder for user downloads under Windows 10 seems to respond very slowly? Here is a quick solution to the problem.

You may think that a folder is the same as any other folder, but Windows does not see it that way. Windows classifies folders according to the types of files it thinks are stored in them. According to this post, Windows 10 will often decide that the User Downloads folder is for images. It will then try to create thumbnails for all files in the Downloads folder. If some files are not really images, the Downloads folder will open slowly. To solve this problem, tell Windows that downloads are for general use only.

By slow loading, we mean that when you try to open the folder, it takes a few seconds for its contents to appear. This is usually accompanied by a green address bar called Working on it – which is very annoying. This may seem strange to you, because all other files open well. This problem can occur with normal hard disks and SSDs.

A slow download of the download folder can be done directly from Windows Explorer or if you try to download an item from the download folder on the web. For example, upload an image from the Slow Uploads folder to your social media profile or website. Even uploading videos from the Uploads folder to YouTube can be a longer task than you want.

Fix for slow opening of the download folder under Windows 10

Here is a summary of how to solve this problem:

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  • Open the File Explorer or this PC from the desktop.
  • Locate the Downloads folder in the DeepL Access navigation area.
  • Now right-click on the download folder.
  • Click on the Properties option in the context menu.
  • Now set the properties of the Downloads folder, click on the Customize tab.
  • In the Customize tab, select the menu of the Optimize this folder option to.
  • Select General items from the menu.
  • After selecting Common Elements, be sure to check the box to apply this template to all subfolders as well.
  • Now save the changes by clicking the Apply button, then clicking the OK button to close the dialog box.
  • After accepting the changes, restart your PC.

Use the Control Panel


I recommend that you follow these steps and see if it helps you.

1. Press the Windows + X button and select Control Panel.
2. click on File Explorer Options.
3. click on the View tab.
4. under Advanced settings, disable the Show status bar option.
5. click Apply, then click OK.

Changing the default folder

Although solution 1 is highly recommended and will work best, you should continue with solution 2 if it does not solve your problem.

  • Go to the problematic file.
  • Right-click on the white area and go to Properties.
  • Go to the Location tab
  • Change the location for the drive other than the system drive.

In addition, if you still think that the Downloads folder does not open immediately, change the display to Details. To do this, when you are in the Downloads folder, press Ctrl, Shift and 6 (Ctrl + Shift + 6) simultaneously. You can also click on the Details icon in the lower right corner of the window.

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