I’ve come across my Windows download folder opening really slow to the point where it appears to be not responding. It’s not the computer speed but something that I wasn’t even aware of. So after a little bit of research and tinkering, I found out how to fix my Windows 8 downloads folder from being so slow to open.

A Slow Downloads Folder Is An Easy Fix

I’ve been a windows user for over 20 years and can even remember using DOS as a pre-teen. One thing remains true, however. I seem to always fill my Downloads folder with heaps of stuff.

So once it came to the new versions of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8 and even Windows 10, I was finding that the downloads folder became really slow the more it had in it. Even if it was only a few dozen items. At first, I thought to delete the files was the answer, but then I discovered the root of the problem.

Fix That Slow Download Folder Forever

Here’s what you will need to do.

  1. Go to your downloads folder.
  2. Open the Windows Ribbon menu at the top of the folder and go to the Home tab.
  3. Choose Properties
  4. Now go to the Customise tab
  5. Choose General Items from the drop down box
  6. Additionally, you can tick the box for Apply to Sub Folders

For a little more of a visual guide, check out my YouTube video below.

And that’s it! You are done fixing your Windows download folder from being slow to open. So what did you think of this tutorial? Did I miss something or maybe you need a little bit of extra information? Leave me a comment down below and I will see what I can do.