When I open my downloads folder, no files appear, just a message saying "This folder is empty". I see the address bar progress slowly creeping along, and after about thirty seconds the files and folders appear. This problem only occurs in the downloads folder. If I search for a file in the downloads folder, it comes up, and if I right click on it and select "Open File Location", everything shows up instantly. I am using Windows 8, but I think I had a similar problem once in Windows 7. Sadly I can't remember how I fixed it.
By default, the Downloads folder tries to index files as Pictures, which is taking a long time.
- Right click your
- Go to
General itemsfrom the drop down
Documentwas already selected, choose
Also apply this template to all subfolders
This occurs as windows tries to optimize your download folder as a video folder or music folder or something other.It takes time when windows tries to draw icons for all the items in folder.So the fix will be to specifically tell windows to optimize the folder for general items.for this :
- right click and open
Optimize for General Itemsfrom the drop-down menu
I think I figured out how to make this fix permanent.
Create a new folder on your desktop.
Drag all of the files in your “Download” folder to the new folder on your desktop.
Then delete the “Downloads” folder.
Then rename the folder on your desktop “Downloads”.
Then drag and drop the new “Downloads” folder to where the old “downloads” folder was.
Thats it. Your Done. The new “downloads” folder shouldn’t have any presets as to whats in the folder, or whats being downloaded into the folder.