Are you tired of the slow Windows folder loading time, every time you open a folder in Windows 7, 8 or 10. The loading time is usually slow, if you have a folder with large collection of music, video, documents or photos. Windows 7, 8, or 10 folders are optimized default for pictures and tries to generate thumbnails for all the files in folder, even if the folder doesn’t contain any pictures.

How to Speed Up Windows Folder Loading Time

#1. Disable Thumbnail Preview : Generating preview of your files takes processing cycles and slow down your Windows Explorer. To disable this feature, open my computer or this PC > tap on “Organize” from the menu bar > Folder and Search Options > View and enable the “Always show icons, never thumbnails” checkbox.


#2. Optimize Folders : Right click on any folder and choose its properties > Customize tab > check General items from the drop down menu and apply the setting to sub folders as well. Now tap on apply and click Ok to save changes.


#3. Rebuild the Index : The indexing of files and folder can get huge over time with the addition and deletion of data. To speed up folder loading time, you can build index manually. 

Click on Start menu and type index, select Indexing Option > Advanced and enter the administrator password, if prompted to do so. In the Advanced Options dialog box, click the Index setting tab and the click Rebuild. Indexing may take long time to complete, some views and search results may be incomplete till then.


#4. Add or Remove Columns : Open folder > click view from the menu bar > details. After this you can add new columns, click view from the menu bar and tap on choose the bottom, you find add columns. Enable the checkboxes for the columns you want and disable the columns you dont’ want. 

#5. Use third party Windows Explorer : Clover is an extension of the Windows explorer, to add multi-tab functionality similar to Google Chrome browser. The tabs lets you view multiple folders using a single window, which can be great for freeing up clutter and improving efficiency.


Note : You can also use QTTabBar, BetterExplorer, and Tab Explorerto add tabbed browsing to Windows Explorer.


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