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Lost Your Thumbnails?

Turning thumbnail view on and off in Vista

When you open windows Explorer, you normally see a thumbnail preview of graphics files. Something recently turned this feature off. Either an update to Vista SP2 or an install of a new program. No idea what caused it but it drove me nuts since I like the previews. I finally found the answer at: This site

This discussion showed how to turn it off & why you may want to. In my case it was off & I wanted it on. So I modified the discussion to reflect turning it on or off.

"The creation of thumbnail for quick previewing of files or images in Explorer slows down the other file operations and severely affect overall computer performance, especially when on initial viewing of folder containing thousands of videos, movies, graphics, photos and other media, as Vista system will access each and every files to generate the thumbnails. Thus, by disabling the thumbnail previewing feature in Windows Explorer will speed up access to the folder and increase system response time especially when have to browse back and forth between multiple folders."

1. Run Windows Explorer. (Windows key + E)
2. In Windows Explorer window, click on Organize button on the menu/shortcut bar.
3. In the pull down menu, click on Folder and Search Options.
4. Folder Options dialog window will appear. Click on View tab.
5. Under the Files and Folders tree heading: Look at the checkbox next to Always show icons, never thumbnails option. If it is checked, the thumbnails will not show. If unchecked, thumbnails will show.
6. Click the OK button.

The Windows Vista Explorer will now either display the thumbnails or an icon depending on your selection.

This is how Explorer looks with thumbnails displayed and with only icons displayed.

This is the Folder Options dialog box. The top item is the choice.

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