Windows – Sorting by Date – Very Slow

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I'm using Windows 8 RTM. I have about 1,100 files in a folder. When I sort by date (in either direction), The address bar shows the green progress indicator as if it's working hard to perform the sort. This should be near instant – why is it taking so long? It takes probably 2 minutes just to sort these files by date! (This was instant in Windows 7.)

Best Answer

Which Date column is this exactly? As mentioned here, Date is different from Date Created/Modified/Accessed (on Win7 at least, ought to be the same in Win8 as well). It might be slow if the former column type is used and Explorer is trying to extract EXIF data from the files. Try Date Created or Date Modified instead and see if it is still as slow. (If it is, check your HDD for errors using the manufacturer's utility.)

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