My Downloads folder in Windows 7 has been very slow lately when I open it. The address/breadcrumb bar for the folder shows the green progress bar creeping oh-so-slowly while I wait for the items in the folder to show up. I came across this post about fixing this very issue and thought I’d share it.
Right-click on the Downloads folder and select “Properties.” Click on the tab and change the Optimize this folder for option to “General Items” to fix the slow-loading issue. Piece of cake!