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Windows 7: Explorer Slow to sort folders/files.

01 Jan 2012   #11

Windows 7 - 64bit
Tried the folder customization, doesn't help.

Hi there, i've also got win7 64bit and i've got the same problem with folders taking forever to sort by "Date", it says while it's doing so "searching for items". It doesn't have to be a big folder for it to take a while before it loads the folder. Sometimes it even searches the folder again if i visit another subfolder and come right back.

I've tried to custom the folder for different things, general items, pictures, videos etc. doesn't help.

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20 Feb 2012   #12

win 7

Drill down to the folder then right-click on it and click the Customize tab and make sure the default setting of "General Items" is set.
Worked for me and thanks! What a waste of time and resources - what was Msoft thinking?!
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08 Mar 2012   #13

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Thank you SO much, I had the very same problem, some folders took up to 15 seconds until the were sorted, plus another 5 seconds every time I go into a subfolder and back. It was already set to General items, so I tried Videos, which was a little better but still bad. Then I tried Documents and it's sorted fracking instantly. AWESOME!
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07 Apr 2012   #14

64 bit window 7 home premium
drill down?

What are you talking about "drill down"? Could not find where you are referring to. Please be more specific in explaining why windows 7 is so dumb when it comes to sorting a simple folder?
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26 Aug 2012   #15

windows 7 ultimate

customizing the folder to "General Items" ...

this works for me ... sorting finished instantly
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19 Aug 2014   #16

winders 7

i just signed up for this site for one purpose : Thank you. This helped a lot
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11 Sep 2014   #17


changing to "General Items" helped to speed it up.
but i have a folder with a bunch of image files and a couple of folders, i have them sorted by date(descending, new on top), but the subfolders inside are now way below. i want them up top also while sorted by descending date(this is possible if u have not selected "general items" but it'll go back to being slow). can anybody help me? thanks
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27 Sep 2014   #18

w7 ult 32

I logged in just to say thanks

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27 Sep 2014   #19

w7 ult 32

and actually, does anybody know what the advantages of the Picture option are meant to be.
What does the picture template give me that General_Items doesn't?
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10 Dec 2016   #20

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
system specs are up to date in my profile
Great - since we never know if posters have more than one computer, or if they are helping a friend or relative with their computer, it is necessary to verify.

Drill down to the folder then right-click on it and click the Customize tab and make sure the default setting of "General Items" is set. If already set to General, try one of the other settings.
logged in just to thank you man! it worked and now it is so fast!
THANK YOU!!1!!1!111
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