File Explorer is getting a speed boost on Windows 11

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  • Microsoft’s latest Windows 11 Build brings new performance and speed boosts to File Explorer.
  • The file manager application tends to lag behind on PCs with a lot of stored data.
  • With the new update, File Explorer will also be able to index more locations.

Microsoft has been working on a new feature that should make the search tool in File Explorer faster on Windows 11. 

The Redmond-based software giant is currently testing a new option and asked Windows Insider testers to help improve File Explorer’s performance on devices running the company’s latest operating system.

With the new Windows 11 Build 22526 update, it seems like Microsoft will fix the issues that came with previous releases and make File Explorer faster on their next-generation operating system. 

Has File Explorer been performing optimally?

Dealing with the contents of your PC, especially when you have a lot of files stored on it, is often easier said than done, especially if you don’t know exactly where to find what you are looking for. This is where File Explorer’s search tool comes into play as it makes it easier to find stuff on your device.

While searching your PC is easy with the tool, its performance may not be optimal as Microsoft is working on improving it in the next major update for Windows 11.

File Explorer to finally get a speed boost

The thing is that each time you run a search, Windows will re-index all the locations it had previously indexed. That makes sense since things like new files or system changes can happen without you knowing. 

This process however takes some time. So if you are looking for a specific file and your computer is under heavy workload or has a slow hard drive, then that can affect how long it takes to find your file.

The latest Windows 11 Preview Build 22526 now brings even more improvements to the table. From now on, File Explorer will be able to index more locations. This means that you will be able to find the files faster and the overall experience is going to be faster.

Fewer crashes from now on

As part of the update, Microsoft also introduced a new feature for File Explorer in Windows 11 that is aimed at improving the overall experience when you are using it and preventing your PC from slowing down. 

This is done by making File Explorer more responsive to your actions and reducing the number of crashes that you may experience while you use the search box.

The last time File Explorer got an update was add-ons on PowerToys to extend its capabilities but now with the speed boost, users will finally get some reprieve.

Other fixes

  • Issues with the context menu in File Explorer are currently being addressed.
  • Opening the right-click menu should be slightly faster eventhough still buggy.
  • A new group policy that will turn off Office.com and Explorer integration has been added. Disabling it will exclude files from Office.com and connection requests by Explorer to Office will be stopped. The change will also extend to the Start Menu preventing the display of online Office documents.

What do you think of the new File Explorer updates? Leave us a comment down below.

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