Windows: Sometimes, when you open a folder in Windows Explorer, it takes seemingly forever to open — and you end up watching that slow-moving green bar at the top while everything grinds to a halt. TechSpot has a solution to this problem: turn off folder optimisation.
If you’re getting the green bar of molasses on a local folder, such as the Downloads folder, it may be because Windows Explorer has “optimised” that folder for photos or video and is trying to generate thumbnails for all your files. Luckily, there’s an easy way to turn off this behaviour:
- In Windows Explorer, right click the Downloads folder (or any folder you are having issues with), then select Properties.
- Select the Customise tab
- From the drop-down menu, Optimise this folder for: “General Items”
You may have to do this every once in a while as Windows tries to “re-optimise” that folder. If it happens to you, try out this fix and see if it works!