How to speed up FileBoss

How to force FileBoss to load and start faster

Unlike Windows Explorer, when FileBoss starts its default behavior is to load the folders and searches that were open when it last closed, but you can force FileBoss to start faster by telling it not to reload everything or just some types of folders. When this default feature is on it can really slow down when trying to access network files and rarely but sometimes stall because Windows has yet to resolve all network connections.

What to load and search for when FileBoss first starts is turned on by default but it can be modified or turned off completely using the Edit > Program Options menu item and display the Startup tab as shown here.

Speeding up the display of folders and items

While FileBoss is running there are other situations that might slow the display down (possibly slow enough that FileBoss becomes so non-responsive that it appears to have crashed) and three settings that should help things.

One quick principle: As far as FileBoss is concerned the size of the files, either individually or in total, is irrelevant except, of course when making copies. The only variables that matter when viewing a folder or searching for files are:

1) how many files there are;

2) how many first-level subfolders there are;

3) how many executable files there are – e.g., .exe, .com, .dll, .msi and others; and,

4) how many files trigger special icons (such as overlays) to be displayed along with the files.

And, of course, being on a network can amplify the effect of any of those conditions. (And a corrupted file system and the type of file system can make things difficult too, but those are beyond FileBoss’s control.)

Below are two settings that should ameliorate any slow performance caused by:

  • Folders that contain many, first-level subfolders.

When a new folder is displayed, FileBoss will check to see if that folder has any subfolders so that it knows whether or not to put a little plus sign to the left of the folder name indicating that that node of the folder tree can be expanded. Hard to believe but that check (using low level calls to Windows) can take some time. Normally it isn’t noticeable. But if there are many folders, especially on a network drive, then that check can slow things down.

Fortunately this check can be turned off from the main menu with the Explorer > Fast Folder Navigation option as shown below (note this only affects normal folder tabs, not virtual folders (search results).


The downside to this is that when Fast Folder Navigation is active, FileBoss puts a plus sign to the left of all folders listed in the navigation panel on the left side of a tab.

  • Slow File Icon retrieval.

The icons for some files can take Windows a long time to retrieve – especially over a network. But you can tell FileBoss not to retrieve icons for files but rather just display a drive, folder or file icon for each entry as appropriate.

Use the Edit > Program Options menu item and display the Views, Explore tab as shown here.

Note that the None option should not provide any significant improvement over the Drive, Folder or File option.

Version 4 will have an enhanced version of this and it will be on by default. In that situation all files and folders, except executables, will show their normal i.e., type-of-file icon yet the list of files and folders will display incredibly fast.

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