Fix Windows folder unresponsive/slow behavior, green loading bar

By Julio Franco ยท 37 replies
May 8, 2013
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  1. Tech Tip of the Week An old Windows fix for an equally ancient Windows issue that unfortunately is still present in the latest versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. This unresponsive/slowdown behavior is typically seen when browsing the "Downloads"...

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  2. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Hmm, mine was already set that way and I'm sure I didn't do that. Any idea why? I'm using windows 8.

    I know I did a few things to make my library folders go to my D drive(HDD) instead of my SSD, but I didn't change any settings.
  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,945   +765

    In 7, I find no "Customize" tab. I'll assume that it is because I am not running indexing. However, I am rarely bothered by this problem.
  4. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    You need to go to the actual folder location and right click the folder, not via the favorites bar in windows explorer. I'm not sure if that's your problem, but it sounds like it's' what I ran into.
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  5. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +6

    +1, so navigate manually to My Computer, c:\users\PROFILE_NAME\ and right click the sub-directories from there
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Thanks for the tip, Julio, this issue does annoy me from time to time.
  7. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    +1, Good tip!
  8. javierkaiser

    javierkaiser TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +6

    +1, very nice!
  9. javierkaiser

    javierkaiser TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +6

    Would be very very very interesting something like this tip, but for the network. It take hell of time to try to connect to my other pc ... :-/
  10. Zeromus

    Zeromus TS Booster Posts: 227   +7

    Wow, no idea you could configure thumbnail generation behavior like this.
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    99% of the time, I use the Detail view so as to get column headings {name, mod date, type, size} upon which you can click to resort the list - - very useful (at least to me) and getting the file info is much faster than creating thumbnails :)
  12. Does this also work for DVDs?

    I have some old data DVDs which seem to take forever to open. I've been trying to copy the contents to a new external but some of these DVDs are predicting hours to copy over. Any clue?
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I gotta try this. Thanks Julio.
  14. spectrenad

    spectrenad TS Enthusiast Posts: 98   +18

    Mine was already set for General Items. Guess it depends on what you download more often.
  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Win8 must set the affinity accordingly.
    Docs folders for me are already set to General Items. Folders containing video folders are set to video, and music folders have the "music" setting selected.
  16. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    The loading bar does nothing when browsing local folders, you can still click on what you want to go to. Much like the loading bar in a web browser.

    Or is that just me? :(
  17. toooooot

    toooooot TS Enthusiast Posts: 61   +19

    Another thought: if you have a secondary HDD, by default it goes to sleep after 20 minutes. So, when you try to access it, you might have similar delay. I changed settings under the power options in control panel for HDD to two hours. It can help too.
  18. THANKS, that did it!
  19. Thanks man, it really works, now folder open instantly, change sorting detail, view, no more long rendering green bar

    thanks really
  20. To me helped also: click right in given folder and then "group by" select "none".. For now,the folder with many audio,video and other stuff opens immediately.
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  21. AnitaE

    AnitaE TS Rookie

    I can't even begin to do the fix. When I get the dreaded green bar, the only things that show in the left side are Favorites, Homegroup, and ThisPC...I can see the Download folder if I click on Favorites, but in properties, there's no customize tab.
  22. You can also use 'Organize - Folder and Search Options... - View Tab' - Tick 'Always show icons, never thumnails' and click [Apply to Folders] but that doesn't always work. Hence my search for more help and finding this solution. For me however, this tip only worked if I set to 'Documents' and not to 'General Items'. I was browsing Novell OES NSS volumes at the time. Hope this helps.
  23. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    Usually, that green bar arises when the folder View choice is icons (try list or details) AND that folder has lots of pictures. I organize our picture archive into subfolders, like {family, friends, vacations, sports} and then subdivide those further by date or perhaps locations. In this way, icons are again safe to use and the time to search, create and display them is rational :)
  24. The fix worked! Thanks a million!
  25. J i m s t e r

    J i m s t e r TS Rookie

    Windows 7 : I was having similar issues anytime the PC was opening a dialog box to display places to save/open a file from. I have four mapped drives to folders on my NAS for music, video, photos etc. Even though these are well-organised into year and month, it was still super-slow to open any file explorer dialogues.

    The fix that (seems to, so far...) have worked for me is:

    Click on the Start Button, type "Indexing Options" (without quotation marks) in the Start Search box and press Enter.
    Click "Modify"
    In the "Index these locations" section, remove everything (click it and press delete key).
    Click "Advanced" button.
    Click on the "Index Settings" tab.
    Under Troubleshooting, click the "Rebuild" button.

    Seems to work.

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