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File Explorer in Windows fortunately allows folders to retain their individual sort settings. When sorting by date, the ideal way should be to sort files in the descending order of date, which keeps the newest file on top.

When viewing folders with a large number of files, File Explorer first launches with the default sort order by name, and then sorts it by date in descending order if the user has set it to sort by date. This happens every single time.

What this means is everytime you open the folder, you have to wait for a few seconds for File Explorer to sort the files for you and generate thumbnails, which shows the green progress animation in the address bar. This becomes annoying if the folder is a frequently accessed one.

Is there something that can be done to make this process faster so that the folder automatically opens in the user set sort order?

Thanks.
 

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I don't think anybody knows the answer..., I don't even think Microsoft knows the answer! 🤷‍♂️

You know what else irks me?
'Size all columns to fit' only works for the items in view! If there is an item farther down, with a longer name, out of view, it doesn't re-size the column to fit that! :unsure:
 
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I have never noticed that @Edwin I do like the idea of being able to set the columns to fit on different folders in Explorer as some need a small spacing others large and it varies folder to folder.
 

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Hello community!

File Explorer in Windows fortunately allows folders to retain their individual sort settings. When sorting by date, the ideal way should be to sort files in the descending order of date, which keeps the newest file on top.

When viewing folders with a large number of files, File Explorer first launches with the default sort order by name, and then sorts it by date in descending order if the user has set it to sort by date. This happens every single time.

What this means is everytime you open the folder, you have to wait for a few seconds for File Explorer to sort the files for you and generate thumbnails, which shows the green progress animation in the address bar. This becomes annoying if the folder is a frequently accessed one.

Is there something that can be done to make this process faster so that the folder automatically opens in the user set sort order?

Thanks.
What I did to help with this behavior was turnoff the deletion of the thumbnail cache so it doesn't have to rebuild every time you shutdown or reboot. Large folders will load much quicker if the cache is saved. A reg tweak in link below if you don't use winaero tweaker.

 

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What I did to help with this behavior was turnoff the deletion of the thumbnail cache so it doesn't have to rebuild every time you shutdown or reboot. Large folders will load much quicker if the cache is saved. A reg tweak in link below if you don't use winaero tweaker.

I already had those two Autorun keys in the registry with value set to zero (it was there by default; I didn't create them.).

Even when I run Disk Cleanup or CCleaner, I leave thumbnails unchecked.

I don't think Windows Explorer is generating thumbnails each time, instead it is just loading them and that itself takes time for large folders. This doesn't happen when a folder has just a few files. The problem is pretty much limited to large folders with hundreds of pictures or videos, like the Camera Roll.
 

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I already had those two Autorun keys in the registry with value set to zero (it was there by default; I didn't create them.).

Even when I run Disk Cleanup or CCleaner, I leave thumbnails unchecked.

I don't think Windows Explorer is generating thumbnails each time, instead it is just loading them and that itself takes time for large folders. This doesn't happen when a folder has just a few files. The problem is pretty much limited to large folders with hundreds of pictures or videos, like the Camera Roll.
Hmmm, mine will load very quickly, for example a wallpaper directory I have with 435 images will load the large thumbnails as fast as I can scroll down the explorer screen. If I purge the cache then I get the annoying wait time.
 

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