Folders are simple to create and come with few restrictions. There is no limit to the number of files that can be stored in a folder.
Slow folder on Windows 10
On Windows 10, you can access folders through File Explorer. File Explorer is a fantastic app that allows you to quickly open folders. In most cases, this is true, but you may notice that some folders take a long time to open or for all of the files in them to load.
This behavior is limited to specific folders, and it usually occurs when the folder contains a large number of files. Although the files are small, the sheer number of them causes File Explorer to slow down. Here’s how to get it fixed.
- Open File Explorer.
- Navigate to the folder that is slow to open.
- Right-click it and select Properties from the context menu.
- On the Properties window, go to the Customize tab.
- Open the ‘Optimize this folder for’ dropdown.
- Select General Items.
- Enable the ‘Also apply this template to all subfolders’ option.
- Click Apply, and then click OK.
- The folder will now open much faster, or as fast as other folders.
Changing folder view
You’ll need to change the folder view or layout once you’ve set the folder to be optimized for general items.
- Open the folder that you’ve just optimized.
- Go to the View tab.
- Select a layout from the Layout box.
- Use the Group By and Sort By dropdowns to set how the files are sorted within the folder.
If a folder contains a large number of files, File Explorer will struggle to load them all. It won’t make a difference if there are only a few large files in the folder, but a large number of small files will slow it down. File Explorer should normally be able to load them because it indexes files on a regular basis, but a folder’s loading speed is limited. Using an SSD instead of an HDD reduces the likelihood of this happening, but an SSD isn’t a panacea for all of these issues.