Fix: Windows folders and files not refreshing automatically

Problem: File Explorer or Desktop changes are not reflected instantly after creating, deleting, moving or renaming a file or folder.

Workaround: Manually refresh the view or press F5

Fix: In File Explorer or on the desktop, when you create, delete, rename, or move a file or folder, the folder view does not refresh automatically to reflect the action. To see the changes, the user must press the F5 button on the keyboard, or right-click on the desktop or folder background and choose Refresh.

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Click File menu, ‘Change folder and search options’
  3. Click ‘Restore Defaults’ button

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