As surprising as it may seem, it is possible to exploit a bug in Windows 11 to improve the performance of File Explorer. As user Vivy discovered, indeed, simply switching to full-screen mode and then quickly reverting back will make the utility much faster. Tested and approved.
If, during the history of Windows, the explorer has certainly evolved somewhat, Microsoft has long been content with the version that has been permanently installed with Windows 10, bringing only a few design improvements to the system. arrival of Windows 11. But, lately, the Redmond company finally seems determined to get rid of all the little problems of the utility, whether by removing cumbersome options or adding clearer features.
There is one point, however, that has changed very little: File Explorer performance. If, most of the time, there is not much to reproach the latter on this point, it must be recognized that it is generally necessary to undergo a slight latency before opening a file, all the more so if the -this is bulky. You may therefore be looking for a solution to get rid of this latency. That’s good: we found one for you.
How to Improve File Explorer Performance on Windows 11 with an Unexpected Trick
The trick in question was discovered by Vivy, who then shared it on X. And we can say that we did not really expect this technique. Indeed, Vivy claims that it is possible to exploit a bug in Windows 11 to make File Explorer much more efficient. Rest assured, this bug is perfectly harmless.
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To do this, just switch the file explorer to full screen, then quickly go back. You can do this using the F11 key on your keyboard. Once done, you should notice a marked improvement in file loading times. From our side, we can confirm that this trick works wonderfully. Hoping that Microsoft is not in too much of a hurry to patch this bug.
Did you know you can speedup explorer by use of bugs?
Turns out switching in and out of full screen mode (F11) noticeably improves load times!
Wish this was the performance we get out of box.
(Yes navbar breaks.. tho navbar shouldn’t cause such a huge snappiness regression..) pic.twitter.com/GObybf1C8q
— Vivy (@VivyVCCS) September 3, 2023