The Downloads folder is the default download location for items downloaded using all web browsers in Windows 10 and Windows 11. That is, when you download a file from the web using one of the browsers, the file is automatically saved in the Downloads folder.
Downloads folder opening slowly?
If you have been running Windows 10/11 as your primary operating system for the last couple of months, you likely have hundreds of files and programs in the Downloads folder. And if you have hundreds of items, the Downloads folder likely opens up slowly or very slowly at times.
Those of you who have hundreds of files in the Downloads folder might already have observed that the folder opens up very slowly at times. The Downloads folder takes its own time, especially when you try to open up the folder after rebooting your computer or while accessing the folder after a long time.
Well, if the Downloads folder is loading very slowly, you can follow the given below directions to make the Downloads folder open swiftly like other folders on your PC.
Fix to slow opening of the Downloads folder in Windows 10/11
Step 1: Open up File Explorer or This PC.
Step 2: In the navigation pane of File Explorer (Windows Explorer), right-click on the Downloads folder, and then click Properties. This will open Downloads Properties.
Step 3: Switch to the Customize tab by clicking on the same.
Step 4: Under Optimize this folder for section, select General items from the drop-down menu.
Check the box labeled the Also apply this template to all subfolders.
As you can see, with default settings, Windows 10/11 treats the Downloads folder as a pictures folder and tries to generate thumbnails for every file under it. In other words, by default, the Downloads folder is optimized for pictures, not for other file types.
Step 5: Click the Apply button. That’s it!
Restart your PC or restart Windows Explorer once.
On top of that, if you still have a feeling that the Downloads folder is not opening instantly, change the View to Details. To do so, when you are at the Downloads folder, simultaneously press Ctrl, Shift, and 6 keys (Ctrl + Shift + 6). Alternatively, you can also click on the Details icon located at the bottom right corner of the window.