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Setting Image As Background - Slow + Folder View Resetting

  1. #1


    Posts : 70
    Windows 8 Pro

    Setting Image As Background - Slow + Folder View Resetting


    I have a folder where I keep my Windows desktop wallpaper. This folder has over 500 images. Every time I want to change my wallpaper I navigate to this folder and set the view to large icons so that I can preview the images before setting them as my desktop background.



    The first issue I have is whenever I set the view to large icons it takes forever for the images to preview. (I guess Windows is parsing each image to generate thumbnails.) If I scroll down to like the bottom of the page and wait until the thumbnail previews are generated (which takes like 5-10 seconds), then I scroll back up to the top it seems like the thumbnails are re-generated thereby causing me to have to wait again. As I move up and down in this folder the issue repeats causing many delays. If the folder only contains a few images this is not an issue but with my folder, which contains 500+ images (each ~2 Mb) it really slows things down.



    Is there a way to configure Windows such that generating thumbnail previews happens faster and doesn't repeat so much?



    The main reason why I am asking this question is due to another issue with Windows and setting background images...



    Lets say I scroll to the bottom of the folder and right-click and image to set it as my desktop background. As soon as I do this the window scrolls all the way back up to the top again! I then have to scroll back down to where I was. If I am going through each image one by one this causes me to loose my place so I have to scroll back down and find where I was to set the next image (assuming I don't want to keep the current background).



    The combination of this scroll reset issue and slow thumbnail generation makes for a very frustrating experience.


    Is there a way I can stop Windows from scrolling back up to the top of the page after I set an image as my desktop background?



    Thank you,



    Jan

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  2. #2


    Posts : 216
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Generating thumbnails does take time, especially if they are high resolution images for large screen backgrounds. Why not segregate them into subfolders by type or style then it should display the top folder faster. Then choose which subfolder you want. It should display them fast.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 70
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuyGeek View Post
    Generating thumbnails does take time, especially if they are high resolution images for large screen backgrounds. Why not segregate them into subfolders by type or style then it should display the top folder faster. Then choose which subfolder you want. It should display them fast.
    Good idea! Why didn't I think of that.
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