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Disable Folder Thumbnails but keep Image Thumbnails?

Question: Disable Folder Thumbnails but keep Image Thumbnails?

Hiya. I'm trying to disable the Thumbnails for those ugly "Live Folders". However, I can't seem to figure out how to turn them off without also disabling the thumbnails for individual image files.

Does anybody know how to disable *just* the Live Folder thumbnails?

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Hiya. I'm trying to disable the Thumbnails for those ugly "Live Folders". However, I can't seem to figure out how to turn them off without also disabling the thumbnails for individual image files.

Does anybody know how to disable *just* the Live Folder thumbnails?

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Recently I downloaded a file converter which, after installation, associated all my video files with itself. Previous to downloading this programme my .avi, .mkv files etc were all displayed simply as an icon, yet now they are all displayed as a thumbnail picture. The only solution I have found for reverting my video files back to being displayed simply as an icon is via Folder Options, 'Always show icons, never thumbnails'. However, selecting this option also disables the thumbnail preview for my .jpeg and other image files. Is there any way to disable my video files being displayed with a thumbnail whilst keeping the thumbnail preview for images? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Disabling video thumbnails whilst keeping image thumbnails enabled?

Does anybody have any ideas on this please?

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There is Any way to Disable Folder thumbnails Only in windows 7 ?


Answer:There is Any way to Disable Folder thumbnails Only in w

What do you mean, disable folder thumbnails? And what does "Only in Windows 7" mean?

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Does anyone know how to disable creation of .thumbnails folders on netware drives? I have tried disabling thumbnai cache on local PC and deleteing the .thumbnails folder but it just gets recreated.

Answer:Disable .thumbnails folder on network drive

Hi and welcome to TSF a couple of ideas here Prevent Windows XP from Creating the Thumbs.db Thumbnail Cache Files - How-To Geek - Disable the automatic display of thumbnails in certain folders

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Hi techs,
Is there a way of disabling video thumbnails on folder icons while keeping image thumbnails enabled (at the same time) in Windows 7 ? I tried all options available in folder options but to no avail. The puzzling thing is that my efforts were successful on two folders but doing the same thing for the rest did not work. Whether this result was random, I dont know. What I did for those two folders was to access folder options from the individual folders (i.e. selecting 'Customise this folder' from the 'View' menu drop-down), everything else failed. Any help will be greatly appreciated

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Well I have a folder of pictures I recently took this past week. They are named "Picture 4" "Picture 5" etc. Well, for some reason, a couple of the pictures are not in the order than I took them in. When I try to rename it, the thumbnail changes to another picture in the folder. But when I open the picture, it is the correct picture. I really like the thumbnail viewing though. Help?

Answer:Problems with thumbnails with my image folder...

Change view to list, then back to thumbnail view. If you notice, in thumbnail view mode, you can drag the files around.

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Hi, I need your help. Please guide me through this trouble. I searched the web but I could not find anything useful.

I need to have folder content preview disabled on my machine but I still need to have pictures as thumbnails instead of icons. What do I need to do?

Please note checking "Always show Icons, never thumbnails" wont help because it applies to Picture Files as well.

Thank you in advance!

Answer:How can I disable Folder Content Preview but not Pictures Thumbnails?

What for?

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I have unchecked the option to 'show icons instead of thumbnails' (view>options>folder options) and I have checked 'show icons' (performance>advanced) but still I get icons instead of thumbnails. I have closed and restarted file explorer multiple times to no change. I have posted the screenshot below to show the current settings. Any help would be appreciated!

Thank you.

Answer:Thumbnails not displaying: Unchecked 'show icons'/checked 'thumbnails'

When you right click on the folder itself and select properties, there is a tab called customise. In this tab you can select what type of folder you want and choose Pictures. You can have this cascade down to subfolders as well. As for the other settings you mentioned, I usually keep my folder settings as the defaults.

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I admit, I love Vista and since drivers have become stable, Iíve not had any big issues, but there is one thing that Iíve been trying to figure out for a while now with no success and its really bugging me.

Live preview thumbnails seem to go ďblankĒ after a while. If an app has been running for a while, the live preview gets replaced by a static icon. Seems to be some sort of resource management issue, but Iíve been trying to figure out if there is some sort of configuration that can be adjusted to increase some sort of resource limit or turn it off altogether.

Answer:Vista Live Thumbnails become Dead Thumbnails

i've formatted, but last i checked, i had realtime previews of windows, only if the window was open

if i minimized the window, i would only get static images. Are you having the same problem, that might be the way it's supposed to work, i' m not sure

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Hey all,

Another minor, non-life-threatening irritation:

Running Windows XP Home Edition on a PC, "5.1.2600 Service Pack 1 Build 2600".

When i browse my folders on Thumbnails view, Windows seems to assign *random* pictures from throughout my hard drive to act as the thumbnail for some folders. Actually it's not totally random; when i assign a picture to act as the thumbnail for one folder, it works fine, but then a week or so later i will find that windows has used that picture as the thumbnail for some other completely unrelated folder, elsewhere on the hard drive.

I can easily fix this by right-clicking on the folder and going to:

Properties -> Customize (tab) -> Choose Picture/Restore Default.

Often, that doesn't work: The properties screen will tell me that the default has been restored, for example, but when i actually look at the folder again, it hasn't actually changed anything.

But then, that problem can be solved by going to

Properties -> Customize (tab) -> Change Icon.

...and re-selecting the icon that was already supposedly being used by that folder. That usually solves the problem.

This is mildly annoying, and if anyone knows a permanent fix, i'd appreciate it. But the main problem I wanted help for was for the "My Documents" folders.

The fix given above will not work for "My Documents", "My Music", "My Pictures", "My Videos", because the properties screens f... Read more

Answer:Thumbnails view: XP picks thumbnails randomly; Can't reset "My Documents" to defaults

My first worry is that I see you have not installed SP2 yet, is there a reason for that?

SP2 has a lot of fixes in it, which one could be the answer to your problems.


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I don't seem to be seeing the thumbnails in the pictures in my hard drive. I'm using Vista Ultimate. I did Right Click > View > Large Icons and it still doesn't show the thumbnails of the picture.

How do I make it show the picture preview thumbnail thing in vista?


Answer:How do I see image thumbnails?

Have you rebuilt your Icon Cache?

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Hi techs,Is there a way of disabling video thumbnails on folder icons while keeping image thumbnails enabled (at the same time) in Windows 7 ? Any help will be greatly appreciated

Answer:Disable video thumbnails in windows 7

1. Click on the Start button, then on All Programs, follow by Accessories.2. Run Windows Explorer.3. In Windows Explorer window, click on Organize button on the menu/shortcut bar.4. In the pull down menu, click on Folder and Search Options.5. Folder Options dialog window will appear. Click on View tab.6. Under the Files and Folders tree heading, check (tick) the checkbox next to Always show icons, never thumbnails option.7. Click the OK button.

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Is there a way to disable loading of video thumbnails like there was in XP? It preventing me from moving/renaming/deleting videos while it loads the thumbnails. I know there is an option to disable all thumbnails and just show the icons but that is too general for me. I just want to get rid of video thumbnails.

Answer:Vista: Disable video thumbnails

Maybe switch the view to Detailed or something other than it's current setting?
I'm pretty sure theres a way to disable the thumbnails, but I'm not with my Vista PC right now

Trying looking in Folder Options.

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Hi all

I have followed various guides on the internet to achieve this but it does not seem to work.

I have found I like my task bar to be big icons and always combine, no labels. I think this is pretty default. I used to use a 3 high non combine task bar in WinXP, but anyway.

But when have e.g. mulitple windows open, and I click the taskbar icon I want a Text list of my open windows, not the Thumbnails ..

If I open e.g. 11 windows, I get what I want. Please see pictures.

If you look at the thumbnail image you will see it is nearly impossible to tell actually which window is which, as they all look the same, and Windows helpfully cuts of the title of the window. :/

How ever if I open a couple more windows I get a nice text list that lets me choose exactly what I want.

How do I get a text list ALL THE TIME?
I have diabled Aero Peek in the taskbar property setting but I beleive this is just for Desktop only. I have rad that disabling it in Computer properties -- see attached screen shot should fix it, but I have done this, restarted and it's still showing me thumbnails.

How do I fix this ? Cheers all

Answer:How to disable thumbnails on taskbar buttons

I downloaded UWT tools and disabled thumbnails on Taskbar but this just removed the 'hover thumb' - which is somethign I didn't mind. I still get the thumbs when I click the button. problem still unsolved. Any ideas?

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I recently had to retrieve some accidently deleted photos from my daughters memory card from her digital camera, and the thumbnails of the images look great but when I go to open those images, they seem corrupt, as some of them are jumbled and some of them only half show up with grey above or below leaving only half the image. Again, the thumbnails appear perfect. We are desperate to get these photos, as they are of my daughters first baby born only a week ago, and they are the first pictures taken of him! Can anyone help please???

Answer:Thumbnails ok, but actual image is not

You could try The free version of PC inspector

Also Restoration.
Very small and no install.

There is also JPEGsnoop

Look at this page and your see bad images that it recovers the image.

Never used it to recover anything so not just sure how to use it but lots and lots of info at the site.

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Hey guys,

Did a quick search and only found posts about windows re-doing thumbnails, not when they are gone altogether!

Any ideas? As far as I can remember this happened totally randomly!


UPDATE: I've just realised that this is ALL files, not just images and it doesnt matter if they are on the desktop / pendrive / google drive etc..

Answer:No Image Thumbnails in Explorer!

Hello darksupernova,

Double check using the tutorial below to make sure that you have thumbnail previews enabled.

Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Support Forums

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for responding.
Until yesterday my thumbnails for video clips had images of what the clip was about.
Today thoise images dissapeared, they have been replaced by Realplayer, "R" symbol. I don't know what I did to change things ,hopefully you can tell me.


Answer:Thumbnails lost image

DAN58, The first thing I'd try is to open that folder and delete any thumbs.db files. They are hidden files so you have to go into Folder Options>View tab and select "Show hidden files and folders", click Apply/OK then restart your computer. If that doen't correct the problem click Start>Run and type in:

regsvr32 shmedia.dll

Click OK

Restart your computer.

Note that the spacing is important.


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When I open a picture folder/photo album on my computer, and the "view" option is set to thumbnails, the thumbnails aren't actually "thumbnails" of the picture its representing. Instead its the picture of the standard picture icon inside of a box. Rephrasing, the thumnails don't show pictures, they show the standard picture icon.

I don't know what happened, because they use to show pictures, and then it randomly stopped.

I use a dell laptop, with windows XP professional.


oh and I should note that this problem only occurs with jpeg and gif pictures.

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Not sure if this is the right place to post.

I had a virus/malware attack, which I cleaned up using MBAM and kaspersky. i notice that the image thumbnails are no longer appearing on IE, microsoft-litecam and My mcafee security center. If i logon with a different user profile, this thumbnail images do appear. I am perplexed as to what the problem is... any ideas?

Answer:Image thumbnails not displayed on IE

Try this fix for XP>>Go to Start > Control Panel > Display. Click on the "Desktop" tab, then the "Customize Desktop..." button. Click on the "Web" tab, then under Web Pages, uncheck and delete everything you find (except "My Current Home page").These are some common malware related entries you may see:Security InfoWarning MessageSecurity DesktopWarning HomepagePrivacy ProtectionDesktop UninstallIf present, select each entry and click the Delete button. Also, make sure the Lock desktop items box is unchecked. Click "Ok", then "Apply" and "Ok".When done, go back into your Desktop Settings and you should be able to change the color/theme to whatever you want.

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I have this weird problem with image thumbnails on my Windows 8.1 system. I use BabelSoft's Media Preview, and even though I have it set to create thumbnails for all image formats, some images just don't show as thumbnails. Instead they show as an icon of the program I use to open images by default, Irfanview. What's even weirder is how sometimes, without me changing any settings or anything, these images will suddenly show as thumbnails, and then they'll go back to icons again. It seems to be affected by me rebooting the computer. I'll turn the computer on, and an image will show as an icon; I'll do a restart later, and the image suddenly shows as a thumbnail, or vice versa. Anyone know what might be causing this?

Answer:Problem with image thumbnails

Jesse Newell...

A little bit about the installation process. BabelSoft's description of "all image formats" is likely incomplete. Looks like basically what happened was that Babelsoft did change the formatting for all types of images that it registers during its installation as image formats. The ones that it did not register are probably all of a certain type or types, like gifs or pngs or something like that. Those would be the ones appearing as Irfanview icons.

To possibly further complicate things, Babelsoft may have created its own dialog for thumbnails that will work only for the pic types it registers and then it may also have taken from Windows the functionality you would normally have for setting folder thumbnails. Next time you open the pics folder, using Windows, take a look at the setting for icon viewing. It is top right of the folder dialog with a drop down arrow. Maybe you could check to see what happens if you set that to Large Icons. There is another setting to look at, too. On the left side of the pics folder, toward the top, you will see "Organize". Click on that and select "Folder and search options" from the list. Click on the View tab and then the first check box should be unchecked.

Basically, Babelsoft could have performed a hundred or more registry tweaks to achieve what you are seeing (even have removed keys). Clearly, the software does not recognize all pic types for thumbs, so I wonder if you ... Read more

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Hi all,
I hope someone can give me a hand with this one. I've recently just installed a new iconpack which doesnt include live folders. And as such, my pictures folders look odd when thumbnails are enabled.

I have downloaded togglethumbs.reg from How to Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews Quickly Using Right-Click Menu in Windows Vista and Windows 7 - The Winhelponline Blog which I have used successfully on a previous windows installation.

This time however, I receive an error.

As per instruction on the download link, I placed the togglethumbs.vbs in C:\Windows folder, then merge togglethumbs.reg into the registry.

As the error indicates, it is unable to open the registry key.. and when I look in
"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" for 'IconsOnly', sure enough, it isn't there..

All I know is that It worked on my previous install.. I've tried restarting, clearing the registry for errors etc.

Im running Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1.

Any help is much appreciated

Answer:Error when trying to enable/disable thumbnails using togglethumbs.reg

Hello CoolWhip,

If you like, you might see how this one may work for you instead.

Thumbnails - Enable or Disable - Add to Context Menu

Hope this helps,

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Hmm first of all loving the new Win 7 RC.
Except for a couple of minor problems it's great.

But the one thing I can't seem to fix is how to completely turn of thumbnail caching like it was possible in winxp under folder options.

Can anyone help me accomplish this ?

Thanx in advance

- NR

Answer:disable thumbnails cache. Driving me nuts !

I think it may be the first option i the view tab.

"always show icons - never thumbnails"

If this isn't what you need....sorry....not sure what it would be.

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Hi there. At the beginning I have to say I know option "always show icons, never thumbnails" in folder options but it's not what I want to use because it doesn't solve my problem.

When I was using Windows 7 there was a tool which helps to disable preview of video files. Is it possible to do same in Windows 8? It's very annoying when icons view is set to average and preview is on. I'd like to disable preview of video files permanently. Is it possbile? In every size of icon I want default icon for this extension. In Windows 7 there was no problem to handle with this.


Answer:Disable thumbnails preview of video files only

Did you tried the same tool in Windows8?

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Hello everyone.

I'm having some problems with my computer and I was hoping someone would be able to help me out :<

I have folders on my computer which I store lots of images in for artwork resources.

I don't know why it happens, perhaps after I add a new image to the folder or change an existing image and save it, The folder sort of freezes/crashes, I cant click on any of the thumbnails, I cant close the folder, go to File or anything like that, Highlight anything drag nothing.

All it lets me do is minimise, maximise and scroll up and down. It wont even highlight the images/thumbnails when I click on them. I can still get into the files if I open them when I'm already in say photo shop, but I cant open them when I'm in the folder.

In the past I've had to go via Photo shop and re-save all the files from the crashed folder into a new one just so I can actually use the folders normally.

I mean it wont even let me close the folder T_T; it just crashes worse and worse every time I try and do anything until the screen freezes and then I have to re-start my computer.

Re-starting the computer and system restores do nothing the folders stay locked down. I'm actually really upset, as I lost everything from my last computer and it had photos of my mother on the hardrive, my mother has since passed away and they where all I had left. I have a few left on this new computer but I'm so afraid of loosing these last few I have.

I'm on XP, and I've never had a prob... Read more

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Question: Folder Thumbnails

Hi Guys,

Today I decided to spruce up the folders on my MP3 player by adding the CD covers as the thumbnail for each folder. All went well until..... disaster!!! Somehow any folder on my whole PC (not just the MP3 player) that does not have a thumbnail manually assigned to it(or assigned by it's parent program) has now got a Green Day "Bullet In The Bible" CD Cover as the Thumbnail

I'm presuming I've pressed something that has made this the default folder setting but don't want it this way. Basically unless I just want a folder icon unless a Thumbnail has been deliberatley assigned.

Anyway I can do this en masse? Or do I have to go through them all?

Thanx in advance

Answer:Folder Thumbnails

You could try to rebuild the icon cache with Windows TweakUI. If you don't have it you can download it here
Go to Repair and select 'Rebuild Icons'. Restart your computer.

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Question: Folder Thumbnails

Hey all,

Does anybody know why the thumbnail preview on folders just seems to pick a file at random? I have renamed my files (album pictures) Front 1.jpg, Label 1.jpg, Reverse 1.jpg, Front 2.jpg, Label 2.jpg, Reverse 2.jpg, and yet it just seems to display files randomly in the preview. I would like it to show; Front 1, Label 1, Reverse 1. As i said, it appears to be random, some folders do it in that order, some don't.

Also, if i customize the folder, picking a picture i want shown, that doesn't appear to work either.

Thanks in advance people.

Answer:Folder Thumbnails

If you pick a picture you want to show you have to name it folder and it has to be (?) a jpg file. You then only get the one image showing in the thumbnail (usually the album cover, but it could be your cat if you want!).
As to the randomness of the thumbnail view, I think the thumbnail shows the last couple of files/pictures that are placed in the folder. When you clear the thumbnail cache, well, windows makes up its own mind.

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I have Windows 8 64 bit, Windows 8 Photo Viewer and various applications (e.g. Lightroom) to process Panasonic Lumix RAW files in .RW2 format.

I can't find a way of displaying the image thumbnails in Windows Explorer. I've tried to install various versons of Microsoft camera codecs but they don't install in Windows 8 64 bit.

Is there a solution to this?

Answer:How to View Panasonic RAW (.RW2) Image Thumbnails?

The Microsoft Camera Codec packs come through Windows Update in Windows 8/8.1. I've just looked and it appears the last one was December 2013, so I guess it depends on how old your Camera is.

If you scroll down to the 'References' section at the following link, you can see what Panasonic camera's were added in that update and also all the camera's supported up to that point.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article (KB2899189):
Update adds support for many camera-specific file formats in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1: December 2013

It's about time we had an ISO approved camera raw format standard, as it's looong overdue.

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To make a long story short, I installed a program that works with images and then uninstalled it because it doesn't do the thing I needed it to. However, in a Winrar-style fashion, thumbnails of the images it would work with are replaced with the program's icon. This effect has stayed even though I uninstalled it. It's just an annoyance, but is there a way that I can get the image thumbnails back?

Answer:Image thumbnails still look like uninstalled program?

Not sure if this is what you mean but have you tried below?How to show thumbnail images in Windows Photo Gallery:Go to "Start""Control Panel""Folder Options""Select "View"" tab"UNCHECK "Always show icon, never thumbnails (see photo below)Then "Apply" and "OK."

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I need to know how to make the thumbnails in the left hand side and how when you hover on them they make the backgorund like click here ideas?

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my image thumbnails are not showing images are opening but the preview thumbnail is not appearing instead an icon of picture previewer or microsoft picture manager are showing up.

Answer:Windows 7 image thumbnails not showing

hey i tried the method of advanced system settings ..uncheck thumbnails instead of icons and recheck it worked.........deo

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Windows XP

I read somewhere that all you have to do to see thumbnails on the desktop is to right click on a clear area of the desktop -> View -> Thumbnails

But I don't have View when I right click on my desktop not even in grayed out, so how do I enable thumbnails on my desktop?

I do have thumbnails everywhere else and when I go to the desktop with Explore I get thumbnails there but not on my actual desktop. I set my folder options to custom view for all folders.

Thanks for helping out,

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I can't tell you when it happened, it has been going on for the past few weeks. I can no longer see the thumbnails of images within Windows Explorer. I've searched and searched for a solution and this was the solution I found which clones it's self multiple times across other sites, it didn't solve the problem ?

Answer:Image Thumbnails no longer visible ?

Hello Jerome,

Good to see you here mare.

Double check each option in the tutorial below instead to see if one may help to enable it. It's a bit more thorough.

Thumbnail Cache - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums
Did you change the default program to open images with?

Could you also post a screenshot showing this to see if it may help ID the issue?

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Suddenly a few days ago, explorer stopped loading all thumbnails in any image folder with more than a dozen or so pictures. It's not even slowly trying to cache them, it just stops.
It will generally load the first dozen, and if I scroll to the bottom of the folder, the last dozen or so are loaded with everything in between just image icons.

If I refresh, maybe 1 or 2 extra thumbs load. But strangely, if I delete 1 picture, often many thumbs will load.

I searched google and this site, but none of the thumbnail issues seemed to be close to mine.

EDIT: Looks like after rebooting into safe mode and cleaning the thumb cache seems to have fixed the issue. Thank's broe23 for the help

Answer:Explorer not loading all image thumbnails

Are you doing it from the Metro/Start screen or on the desktop and opening up Windows Explorer? Have you tried cleaning up under Administrative tools, then choosing to also purge the Thumbnail cache?

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I Dont know how to create thumbnails and was wondering if there is a free image host that creates thunbnails for you? or is it done another way?

Answer:Image hosts that create thumbnails

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Hover the mouse over an image or open an image in 'say' Irfan and click on 'information'Reveals all the image data - time/ date and XIF info such as exposure etc.Is there a way of printing this data with the image in a thumbnail sheet?

Answer:Printing image information with thumbnails

Any thoughts on this one any one?

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Hi there im dappointed at the new 'expandable'-looking folder thumbnails. Is there a way to make the folder thumbnail appear flat and with a chosen thumbnail image (like on XP), rather than the fold-out windows 7 version? Thanks a lot.

Answer:How to make folder thumbnails like XP?

No that is not possible.

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As I am creating new folders and dragging files into it the folder is not creating a thumbnail preview. Is my thumbnail cache corrupt? Would like to apply the right fix rather than an unnecessary one or one that makes things worse...

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I want my windows 8.1 to show folders in similar way to xp, where I had few thumbnails of jpg files on folder icon, or one big thumbnail. Ideal would be like that:
I don't like this 3d view in windows 8.1.

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Hi, I liked the way folder thumbnails showed up in XP - full face, rather than an image coming out of a folder.

instead of

Is there any way to get this view back???

Answer:Viewing folder thumbnails like in XP?

If you put your music in the "Music Library Folder" you can choose "Album" in the "Arrange by:". Then adjust the size of the thumbnail by using "CTRL + Mouse Wheel" or going to "More Options" and use the slider to resize the thumbnails.

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Whenever I try to view a downloaded image, usually from my flash drive, it only shows as list or filmstrip I've tried to set it to open as thumbnails but it doesn't save the instruction so when I try to view the images, I have to change the setting every time.
Please can anyone help solve this as it's time consuming and it's killing off some of my brain cells

This is just one of the files but it happens especially in My Documents folder

Answer:folder options for thumbnails

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I can't seem to remove the album art associated with my MP3 folder thumbnail on Windows explorer.

What I've tried:
1. Right click on the folder > Properties > Customize > Folder pictures > Restore Default (Thumbnail still shows the album art)
2. Tools > Folder Options > View > Show hidden files and folders (No hidden image files)
3. Conducted a *.gif, *.jpg, *.jpeg search on my whole system (Didn't see the particular image)
4. Transferred all MP3s of the artist to another drive, refreshed (Still there)

I came across deleting individual jpegs of album art before, I just can't remember where. I think it was in WMP or something. Is there some hidden folder I should check?

Thanks in advance guys.

Answer:Album art and folder thumbnails

Tools > Folder Options > View

Uncheck "Hide Protected Operating System Files." The album art and other crap will be in the folder where your music is stored. Just be sure to recheck the "Hide Protecte..." box once you are finished so you don't accidentally delete something important.

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After some searching around in the forums, I understand there are a lot of problems with folder thumbnails in Windows 7.

My problems seems simple enough. I have a bunch of folders, each filled with many photos. I wanted the folders to display a thumbnail of a specific picture so I can tell whats inside immediately when I see the folders. So I right click on each folder, select properties, click on the customize tab, choose a file and hit ok. Viola, the folder now displays the correct image I want on its thumbnail.

The problem is they never seem to want to stay that way. Eventually they all revert back to the default folder thumbnails, two random pictures from inside the folder. And with so many folders I find it annoying to change them all back again and again. I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out the reason they all change back, and how I could make them stay the same. Maybe it has something to do with the thumbcache or iconcache? I'm not too sure. Any help would be appreciated.

Sorry for the long ass post. Thanks.

Answer:Permanent folder thumbnails

When you modify a folder a "desktop.ini" file is created if that file is deleted your customizations are removed.

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In one of the folders on my computer I have lots of sub-folders (more than 100) and the view setting for that folder is "Extra Large Icons". Each of those folders has a designated thumbnail: So in each folder I have an image with the title 'Folder'. All the thumbnails were displaying correctly for months up until today where I created a new folder and deleted a different folder that was no longer desired. Now I'm sitting with folders that are displaying the incorrect thumbnails despite the fact they each have a designated 'Folder' titled image inside. A few of them are jumbled up and it's driving me crazy.
- I tried to do an icon cache rebuild using the Disk Cleanup tool and selecting only Thumbnails.
- I even manually deleted the iconcache.db file and restarted the computer.
Neither of those have helped.
Can someone please help me?
Edited to add:
- I've also tried changing the view options in the folder to list. After that I did an icon cache rebuild. After that I restarted. When I went back in I set the view to Extra Large Icons again and I still have the same problem.

Answer:Incorrect Folder Thumbnails

Do a System Restore using a restore point dated prior to deleting the file.

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After all the thumbnail previews of a folder full of images load up. Later it will have to load/create them back up again which takes a while. Is this my HDD slowing down? I doubt. Or running out of space for stored thumbnail cache? C: has plenty of room. I have alot of images, folders etc, so any suggested settings I can do in the registry? so similar

please help, ty

Answer:Always have to load up Folder Thumbnails

Do you have ccleaner or other disk cleaning software installed, or do you use disk cleanup very often?

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It slows down viewing ... to open an be able to use a folder with 200subfolders ...

I need thumbnails (some free alternative to Mystic Thumbs would be greate)

But mostly on my PC there are no empty folders ... so I don't wanna w8 till all folders show thumbnails inside them

on pic > I want every folder by shown as New folder (one plain icon) and after opening I wanna see all nonfolder icons as thumbnails

Answer:thumbnails only NON-FOLDER ICONS

Probably this is what you are searching for : Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon . But enabling thumbnail preview, You cannot get it Anyway .... another tuto that may be helpful : Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

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Hello to all!

It's very nice seeing such a live and active community and I'm very excited with becoming a member!

I came here looking a solution to my problem, to say the truth...
Last month I installed IconPackager 4.0.0 without ever thinking that it had no support for Windows 7.

After a lot of searching, (not a whole month) I found out that upon "restore default icons" IconPackager cannot restore the default Icons Windows 7 has.

I found this post at Stardock/Iconpackager support forum IconPackager messed windows 7 icons? Get fix here! (Modz please pin) Forum Post by Voodooguy
And said "hey, another one had this problem and fixed it!". I copied the registry values, made a .reg file, inserted the code and restarted.

After the restart, most of the files where back to normal except:
Microsoft Word 2007 Documents
Windows Folder Thumbnails (the open folders that show the content of a folder)

The Windows folder thumbnails, appeared, but not properly showing the data in the middle of the open content folder, but below of the folder, and the old icon (that has been assigned with IconPackager) showing also below the wrong folder, and content.

I have attached the two (2) pictures, one for each occasion.
So for the Microsoft Word -> Assign the default Word Icon
and for the folders - > Get rid of the grey icon (the one on the very back) and assign the proper "open content folder" to show the content of every folder properly.

Don't know... Read more

Answer:Folder Thumbnails Broken

Hello, Welcome!

I have no idea whether this will wrok or not, but it's worth a try. Perhaps a Repair Install will fix your problem

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Hi guys,

Newbie here. I'm after some help please. I've lost all my thumbnails and the ability to view pictures in my folders.
Any help would be great.

Answer:Lost folder thumbnails.....

It is possible it was disabled in error, following these instructions will show you how thay can be turned off or on.

Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

If you want to speed up browsing around in explorer, you might think about disabling thumbnail previews in folders.

Note that this works in Windows 7 or Vista
To make this change, click the Organize button on any folder, and choose Folder and Search Options from the menu.

Click the View tab, and then check the Always show icons, never thumbnails checkbox.

Click OK, and you’re done.

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I am running Win. 7 Ult. 64 bit. I would like to have my image files show as thumbnails not icons. How is this done. Any help would certainly be appreciated. stream.

Answer:How to have image files display as thumbnails not icons

on the bar that has the Burn, slideshow and new folder options there is a small icon that resembles a picture on the right side and it gives different options on displaying picture files

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Hi all!

Hope I've chosen the right subforum for this question. My problem is as follows:

When I use image searches, such as Google or Yahoo, the thumbnails are not displayed. I either get red crosses (in IE) or small blue lines (Firefox).

Both browsers are on the latest update. I'm on Vista Home, also with the most recent updates.

I've already tried some recommendations on other forums - I re-installed Java & Flash. I've already tried to install an earlier version of Java, because I first thought the recent Java update may have caused the problem. All that didn't work.

Other picture sites like Flickr work well, so I don't think it has anything to do with my internet connection.

I'd be forever grateful if anyone could help me sort this out.

Answer:Image thumbnails on picture searches not displayed

Have you looked at this help and support page from microsoft for the IE red x problem


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I have Win 7 64-bit machine and all of a sudden some image file thumbnails show, and some do not. I have logged in as a different user on the machine and problem still occurs. Other machines on my network do not have this problem. I have tried the following below, but still no fix. Any suggestions without having to wipe the machine?

1. Folder Options: Always show icons, never thumbnails is unchecked
2. Disk cleanup
3. Reset Folders

Answer:Windows Explorer: Some image thumbnails do not load.

Hello WonderBot,

You might see if clearing and resetting the thumbnail cache may be able to help if it may have gotten corrupted.

Thumbnail Cache - Clear and Reset

Hope this helps,

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I used to be able, in web page view, see a thumbnailof an image file, (bmp and tif anyway), in the left handpanel just under the file info section.Now, for some reason, that feature has gone away.I can still pick thumbnail view and see thumbnails forthe icons for bmps, but what I had was the ability to have the file namesin a list, but when I clicked on one, it's image would popup in that left hand pane.I can't remember how I got it to work that way; does anyoneknow how to get that feature back?Thanks so much.

Answer:Thumbnails of Image files in Win Explorer Lost

Jim_Knoppow....Sounds like one of your settings has been changed........what operating system are you using ?dl65  

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I am using windows XP as my OS.

Recently my thumbnails have been displaying the wrong images. This seems to be across the board and affects all folders in each of my hard-drives. It first started out that when I opened a folder with blank/manila image and then closed it, it would then display a image of some random thumbnail from some other folder and then adopt that image as it's default thumbnail image. Now the folders just display wrong thumbnails regardless if they have been opened or not. I have tried thumbnails refresh, didn't work. I tried deleting the thumbnail.db for a folder, that didn't work either.

What solution is there to correct this? I have probably thousands of folders that display the wrong images in thumbnail view.

Answer:Solved: Thumbnails display wrong image

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I have a problem with the preview display on image files where some will show an image preview and others will show an icon.
This error does not happen systematically. When I open a folder with images in it some preview the image while others don?t. When I next reopen the same folder the same thing happens but with different files being affected.
Similarly, when I try to refresh the file contents, all of the file previews flicker with the image preview for an instant before reverting to an icon.
I have read many instances of this same issue happening to other people over the last few years but my problems have only been extant for the last few weeks.
Reading about how other sufferers have overcome their problem I have tried the same solutions.

I have tried opening a folder that has images in it and gone to options/change folder and search options/view/ and made sure that the check box for ?Always show icons, never thumbnails? is unchecked. It was.In the same view I then checked the ?Always show icons, never thumbnails? box, click apply and then OK. I was rewarded with nine image previews instead of one but the rest (16) remained as icons. So I then repeated the procedure with the same result. Nine files as previews and sixteen as icons.I then followed the same path and clicked the ?Restore Defaults? option and applied with exactly the same result.I then tried all of the previous on a different folder with a similar result; twelve out of eighteen remained as icons and six sho... Read more

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Hi all,
I have searched solutions from internet regarding the subject problem and have tried below steps but image files still cannot preview the images, can everybody advise other solutions, many thanks.

unchecked "Always show icons, never thumbnails" under folder optionchecked "show thumbnails instead of icons under performance optionsupdated latest display card driver, uninstall any 3 parties imaging processing softwareclean thumbnail caches under disk clean up tool and I saw all cashes files are removed under
C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorerinstalled MS camera codec
PC running Win7 Pro SP1 32-bit, 4G ram, HD 500G 40% free space.

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A week or so back, I installed Picasa, but when I did, it broke SageThumbs and removed the "edit with Gimp" context menu (I was able to work around this via Default Program Editor; It didn't legitimately fix the problem, though). Now any images display the default image icon instead of preview thumbnail.

I uninstalled Picasa, but that didn't work. Then I uninstalled and re-installed both Gimp and SageThumbs, but neither the thumbnails are displaying, nor the "edit with Gimp" context menu (which I have worked around).

Any help would be much appreciated. I tried looking around the internet, but I didn't come up with much, and I'm not what you would consider to be "computer savvy." Thanks.

Answer:Picasa broke SageThumbs image thumbnails

Run CCleaner, tools, startup, context menu - see if edit with Gimp is listed, enable if possible.

See if this helps with thumbnails - Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

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About a week ago thumbnail images suddenly stopped showing (mainly .jpgs & .pngs) in several of my folders. It
seemed to be fairly random across all folders & drives (2 partitions on C drive) whereby some display correctly
within a folder but most now show as windows photo viewer icons.

Images uploaded in "My Pictures Folder" on C drive are not affected.

I have done the obvious:-
1. in folder options > always show icons, never thumbnails (unchecked)
2. deleted & rebuilt the thumbnail cache
3. run malwares scans (system is clean)
4. done restores (Microsoft & Adobe updates)
5. selected medium icons to view . . .

Also, using the Windows Photo Viewer default &#8212; preview pane no longer works &#8212; if Id/click on an image it opens
in a new window.

I had been using Mystic Thumbs successfully for a while to enable me to see .svg, .pspimages & .psd files (as a
graphic designer I want quick access to these) Uninstalling it hasn't made any difference.

Any help is much appreciated!
cheers, whizzy
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3325 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 255996 MB, Free - 154409 MB; H: Total - 229827 MB, Free - 141754 MB; J: Total - 229568

MB, Free - 115659 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0TP406
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updat... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 image thumbnails have disappeared!

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For some reason the image icons aren't loading and I can't see the thumbnails

Here's a screenshot...


Answer:Solved: Image Icons/Thumbnails Not Showing

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Vista Business.
P4 processor 3GHz
160G hard drive

Recently digital photos that I have imported into the Digital Image Suite 2006 Library are not showing up in the thumbnails. I can access the photos in slideshows and for editing, but the thumbnails are just gray icons that I have to double-click on to see the photos.

I have used DI for about 3 months, and this week is the first time I've seen this problem. I don't remember changing any settings. Can anyone out there help me through this?

Answer:Solved: MS Digital Image Suite 06 thumbnails problem

A Microsoft forum I posted to provided an answer to this problem that will help others if they are searching this forum regarding the same problem I had:

1. install the Vista compatibility update for MS Digital Image Suite 2006. Find it at (not needed for the Anniversary Edition).
2. start DI and see if blank thumbnails still exist. If not, stop here.
3. If blank thumbnails still exist, close DI and then rename the pictures database called Pictures.pd3. It usually resides at c:\users\>username<\appdata\local\microsoft\pod\pictures.pd3
4. pictures.pd3 can be deleted or renamed. I renamed mine pictures.old.
5. start DI. You will have to re-catalog your images, but the program re-populates your Library folders automatically as you click on the folders. The blank thumbnails will no longer be there.

If you have a problem finding the .pd3 file, go to Start/Search/Advanced Search and check the box "include non-indexed, hidden, and system files" (in case the file resides in the hidden files). Enter .pd3 in the name field and LEFT click the search button.


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Whenever I access a folder containing pictures, the thumbnails for them generate -- and I can actually see them. But this only lasts for a few seconds; the thumbnails get replaced by Vista's generic landscape icon. I'm not sure when this problem started -- at first, I was not bothered by it, since I wasn't working with my photos, so I didn't pay attention to it. But it has persisted for at least a month, in all folders with pictures in them. And I've made sure that the "Show thumbnails" options were set in both "Folder Options" and "Advanced System Settings". Maybe it was from me changing the registry a long time ago? I'm not sure.So, if someone knows a key I could check to turn on/off thumbnails, that would be useful.Or, if you have any other idea how this problem occurred, I'd be really grateful. Thank you!

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Hi all, I once was able in my previous Windows 7 PC to set Windows Explorer to be able to show the cover image (first page) of an ebook when Windows Explorer was set to Thumbnail View.

For PDF format I applied this fix, for mobi this one, but now I need to also extend thumbnail view to djvu and epub ebook formats, and I don't recall how I managed to do it in Windows 7. Does anyone know how to do this? Thanks.

(since I have a backup of my previous Windows 7 PC, is there a way to export the corresponding registry keys and import them in my current Windows 8.1 PC?)

Answer:Windows explorer cover image thumbnails for ebooks

Hello, sorry for the late reply.
If you want to integrat your ebook into windows, like thumdnails, metatags on explorer, you can modify it with some Tool, check here (un french but easy) : Int?grer ses eBooks (ePub) aux biblioth?ques Windows | JuneTwo

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I am unable to preview image thumbnails when browsing folders on my 64bit vista machine.

This has been an issue from when I purchased the computer about 8months ago, then last month all of a sudden the thumbnails started showing (default opening programme was fireworks t the time), but I changed the default opening programme to Photoshop and now again the problem has re-occured.

In my folder options the 'Alway show icons, never thumbnails' is not ticked, and never has been.

The current default application for .jpegs is Windows Photo Viewer, having previously used Adobe Fireworks and Abode Photoshop at times, no mater what the default programme is I only ever see the default programme icon.

When I change between the views in my folders (Medium Icons, Large Icons, Extra-Large Icon) the actual .jpeg image flashes up as the folder loads and then flashes back to the programme icon.

Any ideas? I really need to get this solved as part of my job involves photography and I need to be able to view thumbnails fast in large folders of photos and open in a range of editing suites.

* I have compared all folder options to the 64bit Windows 7 Machine at work which is fine, all options look to be the same.

Answer:Issue showing image Thumbnails when browsing folders

Hi hollyw,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

Here's a tutorial on how to do this in a variety of ways. Try them in the order presented as that's from the simplest to the most complex (even though I imagine you tried the first few already). Note the comment (and link to the procedure) near the top to set the default program to Windows Photo Gallery if none of the other options work (which you may or may not want to consider - or perhaps at least try to see if it works - let us know either way - and change it back if you don't want that as the default): Thumbnails in Windows Explorer.

If that doesn't work, try rebuilding the Icon Cache: Icon Cache - Rebuild to see if that helps.

If that doesn't work, you may want to clear the thumbnail cache (it won't delete anything but the cache and will rebuild itself when you open folders though it may take more time the first time you do so as it needs to do this first). Here's how: Thumbnail Cache.

I hope this helps. If not, post back with results of what you tried and we'll try some different options.

Good luck!

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My question is whether or not reinstalling Windows ME will solve my pictures problem, and will such a download of Windows ME include the Kodak program, Paint, and Image Preview associated with Windows ME???
BACKGROUND -- I recently did a few things that brought about a problem. I used Ultra WinCleaner 2002 which deleted many Registry entries, etc., and messed up McAfee Security which had to be reinstalled. I downloaded a PSP program but didn't complete the installation (the program was an upgrade to PSP 7.0, but I didn't have a PSP Program). After these two operations, I found that when I tried with pictures to SAVE AS .bmp the saved file was in an unknown format... thumnails and ImagePreview did not work. File Properties said the files were JPG , but the format was unknown to ImagePreview. Thinking the Kodak program that comes with Windows ME was messed up, I downloaded an Image Viewer called IrfanView and set extensions for all images to use IrfanView. IrfanView worked well , but the SAVE AS problem still existed. I cleared all the extentions from IrfanView and deleted IrfanView. Now the problem is worse and none of my pictures will open in ImagePreview at all, and I virtually can not save any pictures. Is reinstalling Windows ME a good solution and will it not delete documents, pictures, and applications?

Answer:Solved: Images won't Save right -- No thumbnails, No Image Preview

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Hi guys, my name is sou and I need your help so much T__T *very desperate* my computer has been acting weird lately, the thumbnails in my documents/drives/anything inside computer cannot show up and I cannot open the files using windows picture and fax viewer. <- like you have any idea whats gotten into my computer? a help is very appreciated 8D *gives cookie*

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I have Windows XP Pro. About a week ago I received 2 Microsoft automatic updates. It was about Net frame SP1 and I also installed Internet Explorer 8. Yesterday I went to my Photos folder and all the Jpeg image files with the picture preview thumbnails used to identify the photos have all been replaced with the jpeg file type magnifying glass icon. Others have the Bitmap image type icon. I can no longer identify my photos with the thumbnails. Furthermore, when I open any of the current magnifying glass thumbnail, the photo appears in Internet Explorer. I don't like that. Before this, it used to open in Windows (I think). I opened another magnifying glass thumbnail and it looked like a bar code all scribbly. How do I get my Jpeg and Bitmap images back to the preview thumbnails like it used to be before I installed the updates? Or maybe it was something else that changed the settings? I tried to do a System Restore only to be disappointed by System Restore having been turned off with no restore date to choose.

Answer:No Preview thumbnails in photo folder

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I am burning a cd with lots of folders, with photos inside for the relations. There is a hidden "folder.jpg" inside each folder, which makes an image thumbnail for each folder, viewable when looking at all the folders in a row on the pc (in thumbnail view mode-obviously!). what I am wondering is how to make each folder.jpg hidden, as after burning, "folder.jpg"'s are no longer hidden files. any easy solution? ps i am using ashampoo, perhaps part of the problem is that my burning program is not able to burn hidden files such as a folder's image onto a disc?thanks for any help

Answer:how to hide folder.jpg thumbnails for burning cd?

First change the view in Folder Options > View tab to 'Show hidden files & folders' & deselect the 'Hide protected operating system files' option.Then when adding photos to your burning session, select them only. In other words, leave out the folder.jpg & other hidden files by using the Ctrl button to select & add the photos only. G

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I am backing up folders. all of these folders use some of my own created imagery (as the folders own thumbnail, to indicate what it contains). when adding these complete folders to a disc to burn (ashampoo), hidden files appear as a result, eg :-thumbs.dbfolder.jpgthese files should be hidden, so how do I burn these to a cd or dvd without them showing? is it possible-do I need a particular burning program to do it? ps in windows "do not show hidden files and folders" is already selected", so I dont know what else I can do. thanks for any info!

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Is it possible to get thumbnails larger than the extra large already there in folder view?

Answer:Larger thumbnails in folder view

Hello Trevor,

If you like, you could turn on the Preview pane and adjust it's border until the preview in it is the size you wanted.

Preview Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer

Hope this helps,

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Hi Everyone,
I need some help. I have Windows XP home edition, and I have always been able to view my photos, no matter what file format they are, as thumbnails in folders . All the sudden, there are only icons in my thumbs at all no matter what I do. Have I screwed up the registry somehow? I hate messing in the registry, but if anyone knows how I can get the thumbnails to show up again I would really appreciate it.

Answer:XP Folder View Thumbnails not working!

Try this fix for XP's thumbs:

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Anyone know of a setting/hack/freeware that will alphabetically arrange the folder thumbnails displayed on clickiing the FE icon?

I think they are currently arranged by order of opening. Sometimes I have 15-20 open and quickly locating the one I need can be tricky. Especially if similar names are not fully visible, e.g. USA2016 GPX, USA2016 Photos, etc.

Terry, East Grinstead, UK

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New to the forum so I'll write my "Comment" in two ways.

(Skip if you hate emotional back-story)Long Version:
I've used XP for going on years now and switched to Vista about 9 months ago. First thing I had to do was remake all my folder thumbnails. I'm a real lover of pictures, I really am. I usually make a individual folder per artist, put the artist's face as the thumbnail, and stuff as much of their works as I can get my hands on into said folder. In XP this was nice and easy, I had the face take up the whole folder and it was easy to remember each person. With Vista it got annoying as my images were placed at a slant and when they were cached they often got lost and started to migrate to other folder (And when you have a public computer with password protected folders for your non-worksafe artists that migrate to your safe folders and replace thumbnails THIS CAN BECOME A REAL PROBLEM). For Windows 7 though I'm stuck...I really am. Somehow or another my folders now hate me and choose to disobeadiantly choose their own thumbnails, at a slanted angle, with 2 or so images stacked together, change when new images are added, and it has made it really hard to see and remember my folders now. Why was such a wonderful feature eliminated to such an extent that it now feels in the way to have the folder not be represented by a single image?

(Read if you want to get to the point)Short Version:
I have many picture folders and want to display the artists of said folders... Read more

Answer:Windows and Folder Thumbnails (Or lack there of)

Quote: Originally Posted by CasualPaper

(*After Muddling Around) I found the way to put the customize tab on my folder but they are still being belligerent and choose not to use the picture I assign to them and instead just continue to use their own.
Basically, I choose a picture to assign, click apply/ok, exit properties and the image doesn't change.

Not working here either.

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I have noticed that both of my computers are having issues when displaying thumbnail folder. It seems that the preview of whatever is in the folder is invisible. Its not a massive issue as folders navigate just fine. Its just started to do it on my new install what i dd 2 days ago. Its strange because its on both my laptop and desktop. Is this caused by some program I may be using?

Any help would be appreciated

Answer:Folder Thumbnails Display Issue?

-open the folder which has problem
-Right click on empty area and uncheck "View-> Hide File names" option.
If this option is not exist then press and hold SHIFT key, right-click in empty area and select "View -> Medium Icons" option.

- If it doesn't work, enable "Show hidden files and folders" option in Folder Options and then delete "Desktop.ini" file present in the folder which has this invisible name problem.

hopefully it will work.........

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Hey there,

I have a problem with the way Win7 displays folders: my whole music collection consists of folders that contain the songs and the covers (sometimes there are more than 2-3 images next to the audio files).
By default, W7 completely messes the folders: I'd like to be able to select the "main" cover for each folder - but Windows won't let me. Instead of that, the display randomly selects 2 or more images for the thumbnail.

This is how I'd like each folder to look:

Instead, I get one like this:

I tried setting the Customize tab exactly like in XP, but - when I select the image - nothing happens. The thumbnail remains the same.

Please help me out - what do I have to do so that I can have all my folders like in the first image?
Thank you in advance for helping out.

Answer:Trouble with folder thumbnails/customization (HELP!)

Hi C05T1N,

You're not going to believe this.

After you chose the jpg you want, drop a random mp3 you have on to the folder.

It will change to the icon you selected.

Some how it refreshes the icon cache only when you place a new file into the folder.

clearly a bug.

edit. taking a mp3 out does the same thing. it forces a refresh. :-)

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Here's the deal: I have 3 hard disks.
C- Programs and Windows
E- Games
F- Music
Disk F has a lot of organized music foders and all have thumbnails. When I create a folder on my desktop or anywhere else, it automatically gets a random image from disk F, from some of the folder thumbnails. Or some already created folders have random images, for example my WinRar folder has a Metallica thumbnail. Sometimes it won't get it when I create the folder, it gets it when I put something in it. Sometimes when I refresh. Sometimes when I delete something from the folder. Help.

Answer:Random folder thumbnails problem

Try this:

Icon Cache - Rebuild

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I have a rather large (seriously large) collection of anime/manga stuff on my computer, what I used to like to do in WinXP was take a cover pic and slap it on the folder icon so that I could recognize files at-a-glance..

Now the thing is, and I had this problem in Windows Vista also, by the time I get to the couple hundredth file thumbnail, Windows 7 starts forgetting the thumbnails that I'd already set and putting random ones back on the files I've already done..

Is there a way to get Windows to 'remember' my custom thumbnails?

Also I tried a trick I found to deny Windows permissions to the thumbnail's database, it didn't work for this problem..

I'm currently downloading a copy of Linux hoping that it's easier to customize/navigate these hundreds of folders. -_-

EDIT: I downloaded "Ubuntu Linux" and I'm tempted to mark this topic "Solved" but I'll leave it open and see if anyone can answer this... I feel like a fool for not trying out Linux sooner, I'm going to use it for all my picture archiving/browsing.

Answer:Windows 'forgetting' folder thumbnails.

Are you using any "cleaning" programs that supposedly clean your system by removing unneeded files and folders? Even Disk Cleanup will remove those files if you don't onopt it.

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I have a movie archive. Each film and its poster image are in a different folder. So there are a lot of folders. Each folder has its image in it as thumbnail.Anyway, here is my problem:I want to copy all folder thumbnails, folder names and folder sizes to a file, for instance word, excel, image files...I know that it can performed with printscreen key, and paste a file. But, the folder window can not show all folders in a screen. Think that there are 1000 movie folders. We can see only first 30 folders of them in a screen.I need to print-screen all of them in one time, and paste it to a file.Or, get thumbnails, folder names and sizes as a list with a program.What do you offer me about it?Thanks in advance.Regards...

Answer:Copy folder thumbnails to a file

Yilmaz Ekici, never tried it so dunno for sure, but seems to me like you simply need to hilite the desired selections and 'copy to folder'. Multiple copies may take some time. What if you were to create a shortcut and put all the shortcuts in the same folder instead?HTH.Ed in Texas.

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Hello all,

Is it possible to load all the thumbnails for a folder when i open the folder in windows 7? Currently, windows only loads the thumbnails for the pictures that i have in view, and I have to scroll down for it to load the rest. I'm using fastpictureviewer to view thumbnails of my RAW .CR2 pictures so the thumbnails take some time to load, and my folders can have hundreds or thousands of pictures in them and i dont' want to have to scroll down and wait repeatedly to load all the thumbnails. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Loading thumbnails for entire folder

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Hi,I'm brand new here! My user name is short for 1993 Harley SofTail Custom.
Anyway,a while back my picture folder stopped showing the actual pictures,only a generic thumbnail. Although when I pull up the folder to attach a picture to an email,they're there!? What's up?
Thanks in advance and please keep in mind that I'm PC Illiterate!


Answer:My Picture Folder...blank thumbnails...?

Sounds like your folder view is set to tiles. Click on View and then click either filmstrip or thumbnails on the menu that drops down.
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Our Win 7 computers do not show image thumbnails while user browses folders on a network drive. Instead the default thumbnail icon is shown for all pictures. This seems to be the default behaviour for at least jpg images?? If same folders are moved to local
drive the images thumbnails seems to display normally.
Is it possible to enable thumbnails for network localtions also? We have a gigabit LAN so bandwith is not an issue. It just takes a long time to find anything if thumbnails are not used.

Answer:Image thumbnails aren't displayed while browsing network drives?

You may take the following steps to check if the issue persists.
Enable Thumbnail display on Network folders via group policy:
Note: Group Policy is just for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate edition.
1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER
2. Go to the following branch:
User Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Explorer
3. Double-click the “Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons on network folders” option and set it to Disable;
4. Click OK.
If you enable this policy, Windows Explorer will only display icons and never display thumbnails on network folders.
If your system is other Windows 7 edition, you may change it from Registry:
1. Launch regedit from Start Search box.
2. Find the following branch:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
3. Check if there is a key named “DisableThumbnailsOnNetworkFolders”. If not, you may create it with the following value:
Value Name : DisableThumbnailsOnNetworkFolders
Value Data : 1 or 0 (0 is to enable the display of thumbnails on network folders; 1 is to disable it.)
Value Type : REG_DWORD
4. Reboot the computer to check if the issue persists.
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Hi everyone,

I have used a bunch of tutorials from this site over the last few years and never joined up. However, I am infuriated at windows 7 not letting me get my own way with custom icons! Infuriated enough to sign up.

All I wanted was a custom folders icon (for ALL folders) which can be done easy enough, but the catch 22, in order to do this properly, one must turn off thumbnails (organise > folder options > view > always show icons, never thumbnails).

This means you end up with a window with a couple of hundred identical jpeg/png/whatever icons... not very useful when you need a quick overview of contained images within the folder.

So, we turn the thumbnails back on, ah thats better, we can quickly see our images again! Oh wait, those disgusting yellow overlayed thumbnail folders are back!

There needs to be another option in windows 7:

Always show icons (folders only), show file thumbnails

Would be great but I can't find any way to achieve this. Even iconpackager can't do this and I bloody bought it! All that happens is that you end up with your nice custom icon, with a little bit of photo thumbnail sticking out the bottom of it, so you have to 'always show icons, never thumbnails'... well that was a waste of money!

I would install linux instead if it were more useful, changing ALL icons is easy and makes sense in that, and takes about 5mins! I have a lovely custom theme, of course, let down by those yellow folder icons that make me want to puke!

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Answer:How do I use custom folder icon but still get file thumbnails

Welcome to the Seven Forums

It can be done look at this tutorial Folder Icon - Change Default Icon

You need to have to icons built just right for thumbnails to show look at screenshot you need a back and a front for it to work.
Look at this thread Custom made icons [1] there are some made up in there.


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This has been bugging me for a while!

Very often when I open a folder to view its contents and choose a thumbnail display ( as opposed to list, details or tiles ) then the folder icons are emblazoned with .jpg images seemingly chosen at random from the images on my hard drive. ( Actually it might not be entirely random, the images displayed are often those I've viewed or edited recently )

It's a pain in the pudenda because after I have chosen an appropriate image to identify the contents of a folder ( say a picture of the Eiffel Tower to denote that the folder is full of pictures of Paris ) the next time I open My Pictures ( or wherever the folder is stored ) I get a random image ( say, a Peruvian llama )

Doesn't only affect picture folders and it even affects the folders that don't allow customisation ( ie those that have no 'Customise' tab in 'Properties' )

I have tried deleting one image that was appearing frequently from My Pictures but it still appears on the folder.

Am I missing a trick with the "Remember each folder's Settings.." stuff? should I be messing with "thumbs.db" ?

I really don't want to lose the work I've put in choosing pictures for the folders that are correctly adorned so a "Global/Nuclear" option would be a real last resort!

I'm using a hp desktop computer running Windows XP SP2

Answer:Folder thumbnails display random images


sadly XP will only remember a set number of folder customisations by default, this causes the exact issue your seeing now with random changes to certain folders images, you can however get around this by increasing the amount of folders that XP remembers, Download Powertoys for XP and install the TweakUI component.

Once installed and run click, Explorer then Customizations and change the default value to something like 5000 ( more if you have alot of folders ) > Apply

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I have several media folders with lots of large jpg, bmp and mp4 files stored on a USB Stick.

If I plug the stick in on another computer it takes a very long time until all the thumbnails for the files are generated.

I want to plug in the stick and see the thumbnails for all the media files immediately.

is there a way to store the cached thumbnail information right inside a folder to make it "portable"?

If there is no native solution, I would be grateful for other suggestions.

Answer:store Thumbnails INSIDE folder - portable

Hello Robin,

I'm afraid not with removable drives.

About all you can do is use a USB 3.0 flash drive and USB 3.0 connection to help load them faster.

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Hi, I'm using Windows 8.1 x64.

In the MUSIC folder I have 1 folder for each artist. In each Artist folder I have 1 folder for each Album. And in each Album folder I have all the songs, with the cover art embedded in them, in every single .mp3 I have.

In folder options I've set folders to show thumbnails, not icon. So, each Album folder's icon is the album art of the .mp3 files it has inside. BUT in the MUSIC folder, all the Artist folders don't show the album arts they have inside. Their icon is not a folder's icon neither, it's like thumbnails of folders:
And I'd like them to show the thumbnails of the albums they have inside. Well, the maximum amount of images that a folder icon can show is 2, so if I have more than 1 album in an Artist folder, then the icon should be 2 random thumbnails (of 2 albums).

An example here:

I put a song (with embedded cover art) in the desktop. The archive's icon is the cover art.

Now I create a NEW FOLDER (the icon is a default folder icon) called "Album". I put there the .mp3 file. Now, the "Album" folder's icon is the cover art of the .mp3 file.

Then I create ANOTHER new folder called "Artist" (default folder icon), and I put there the "Album" folder. And here, the "Artist" folder's icon is NOT the cover art, but the icon of the image above, and I want it to show the cover art.

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Answer:Folder icon don't show thumbnails/images

Hi there?

How can I do this, that a "Mother" folder's icon shows cover arts embedded in the "Son" folder's icon?

-Folder A (rare folder's icon, image in the first post) contains:
--Folder B (folder's icon is the cover art of the files it has) contains:
---mp3 files with embedded cover art

I want A folder's icon to be the same as B's.

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I had a weird problem with my folder icons. The normal folders (ones without thumbnails) appear the normal yellow photo that is the default. However, the folders with thumbnails are a different icon of gray and white. For some reason, I cannot change the icon of the folders with thumbnails back to the default, yellow folders. Can anyone help with this? I have manually tried to change it back by "Right clicking, Properties, Customize" and choosing the yellow default folder, but it isn't working.

Answer:How do I change back the folder icon with thumbnails?

You can try to rebuild the icon cache in windows.

How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows

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Hello. The thumbnails in my music folder don't display correctly for some of my subfolders.

I've Googled this before and I haven't found any useful solutions. It seems most people just clear their thumbnail cache, but that only seems to work on the C: drive. My music folder is on a separate partition.

Anyway, this is the problem .... I have my music folder, and all subfolders, "optimized" for music. In an artist folder, the album folders will usually show the proper album artwork.

However, when I go up a level, the artist folder doesn't show the album thumbnails in it. In this picture, you can see Barenaked Ladies doesn't display properly--- but their neighbor, Band of Horses, displays just fine. It's this inconsistency that really confuses me.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Thank you in advance for reading and offering potential help. I actually located the exact same problem another poster posted in these forums (see below URL). However, his problem "just fixed itself" before he really began to do much troubleshooting.

Explorer Window folder thumbnails disappearing

Here is my problem (which I've just directly copied and pasted from above URL:

When I start my computer, go to my user folder, documents etc., all appears fine. Folders/thumbnails and images within the folder appear as normal.

However, if I open (for instance) my "downloads" folder, the folder icons and associated icons are initially displayed as "normal", but I see that the explorer bar (where I see C:/user/downloads, etc) is "computing items" but it never stops. A green "progress bar" SLOWLY moves across that "text window" and then it stays green. As if the pc is having trouble reading what is in the folder.

Once that happens, if I back out of the folder and then go back in to it, most of the folder icons/thumbnails/pictures are no longer visible. If I navigate to other folders, it's the same thing; many (but not all) of the folder icons and the thumbnails within are not displayed. I have also noticed that when I go to start/control panel, computer, network etc. the windows are completely blank. No icons, no file names displayed.

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Answer:Explorer Window folder thumbnails disappearing

As long as your 'normal widows settings are OK, I have seen this where:
* a stripped (N) version of windows has been installed without WMP
* WMP has been uninstalled
* A display utility or player has been installed or uninstalled and its not restored prior settings.

Its possibly (in these cases) a registry corruption/missing entries.

Rather than faff with the registry,, simply get the freeware babelsoft 'media preview' program, install it, run it and reset it simply by setting the tick boxes for the file types.

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it Always Still Old Thumbnails When I Saved New Images. How to Refresh That ?

Answer:Why Folder Thumbnails NOT Update When I Saved New Pictures ?

Hi, I understand the question as
Why doesn't the folder icon change when I save new images to that folder? How do I get that to refresh?

What I note is that the folder icon does refresh automatically if there's a significant change to the folder content. For example, it changes if I put all the images in a folder into a folder within the first folder.

However, the shortcut to that folder isn't necessarily updated at the same time.

The difference can be seen by opening an explorer window to view the folder contents, and another to view the folder icon (e.g. medium). Significant changes to the folder content are quite quickly reflected in the folder icon.

For example, deleting 1 of three images makes no change, deleting 1 of two images makes a change in the icon.

If at the same time you keep a shortcut to the folder visible on the desktop, you will probably see no change in that, even if you rebuild the cache.

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I have a weird problem that started happening few weeks ago.
This only happens to the folders on the Desktop.
The thumbnails that are shown on the folder (attached image) well they simply disappear (it changes to a normal folder like icon) if I add a new file to the folder, regardless of the type (picture, video, txt doc, exe etc) or even if I delete or cut a file from that folder to another folder. It's like the folders have a certain memory of itself and a slight change messes up the thumbnails.

I have tried uninstalling the last few software applications I've installed but the problem still persists.
I have tried deleting the hidden system file desktop.ini but nothing.

Again, this only happens to the folders on the Desktop.
A possible solution might be creating a new user account but I'm not willing to do that and searching for alternatives.

Thumbnails inside the folders work flawlessly.

Answer:Missing, disappearing folder thumbnails only from the Desktop

Quote: Originally Posted by uchkur

A possible solution might be creating a new user account but I'm not willing to do that and searching for alternatives.

Thumbnails inside the folders work flawlessly.

Welcome to the Seven Forums. Nice first post. Good details. Love the screenshot example.

If you need to upload other screenshots, please see this tutorial:
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Just as a test, maybe you could create a new user and see how the thumbnails behave ob that user's desktop. you can delete that user and the files after we are done testing.

You might also try the steps in this tutorial:
Icon Cache - Rebuild

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This started suddenly after I turned my desktop pc off before going away for a week. When I came home and turned it back on, it hasn't been "normal" since.

When I start my computer, go to my user folder, documents etc., all appears fine. Folders/thumbnails and images within the folder appear as normal.

However, if I open (for instance) my "downloads" folder, the folder icons and associated icons are initially displayed as "normal", but I see that the explorer bar (where I see C:/user/downloads, etc) is "computing items" but it never stops. A green "progress bar" SLOWLY moves across that "text window" and then it stays green. As if the pc is having trouble reading what is in the folder.

Once that happens, if I back out of the folder and then go back in to it, most of the folder icons/thumbnails/pictures are no longer visible. If I navigate to other folders, it's the same thing; many (but not all) of the folder icons and the thumbnails within are not displayed. Example: in my "user file" the AppData and Tracing folders, the icon is non existant....yet my Contacts, Desktop, Favorites, Documents etc. are shown as standard windows "yellow folders" but not the thumbnails that I have associated with them. Also, the file info (if I highlight a file name) does not appear at the bottom of the explorer window, as it normally would for me.

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Answer:Explorer Window folder thumbnails disappearing

Launch an elevated command prompt and type "sfc /scannow" to see if there are corrupt Windows files preventing windows/items from properly displaying.

Elevated Command Prompt

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I have a folder which contains subfolders. The subfolders contain videos. I'd like to see thumbnails of all the videos in the subfolders without having to go into each one. Is there a way to do that?

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I inadvertantly semi installed a photo editor prog off the Office Premium disk (i have now uninstalled it) this meant all my JPEG files then wanted the Office CD to open the file.

I have since put the file association back to normal (IE) but now the Thumbnails view is not working for JPEGS in the My Picture folder.
Bitmaps work but in the JPEG boxes I just get the JPEG file icon and not the actual thumbnail,

any ideas?

Answer:W2K stopped showing JPG thumbnails in MY Pictures folder.

go to view menu and select thumbnails.

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