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Thumbnails don't display file names

Question: Thumbnails don't display file names

I dont know where else to post this, so i posted here...

Whenever, i open "My Pictures" and the view is in thumbnails mode, i get the following:

As you can see, the file names are not there. What do i do to get filenames displayed under the folders like this?:

I have a feeling there's a simple solution for this...

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Answer: Thumbnails don't display file names

Undo the thumbnail thing, so make it like icons.

Then (while holding shift), click it and make it thumbnails again.

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Previously this was just a minor annoyance but now I need a fix. In many of my folders I am missing file names for my files when they're viewed in Thumbnail mode. I have no idea what's causing this to happen, and I've looked everywhere I can think of for a fix.

Can anyone point me to a solution?

I guess I'm not able to delete my thread so I'll edit to post the solution instead. It's a result from holding shift while opening a folder in Thumbnail mode. To correct the missing file names I simply had to hold shift while opening the folder for a second time. Annoying.

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Hi, I have a Windows Vista and I'd like all file types from all Media players to display a thumbnail of the video in Windows Explorer as opposed to just showing an icon of the file type. The problem is that in Vista, it only shows thumbnails of Windows Media Player videos and not videos that use VLC Media Player (except .VOB which it does show) or Quicktime. I've done some research online and I've seen that I need to merge a Registry file into the Registry Editor with certain Registry keys in it, so I tried doing it for .MP4 files:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

After I entered the above into the Registry I restarted my PC, and nothing happened, the .MP4 videos still show no thumbnails.

Any suggestions or help is welcome and thanked in advance!

Answer:I want all video file types to display thumbnails

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I have tried several SELECT statements to select the names of all the tables in a .mdb file, but I cannot get anything to work. I'm running XP, in a DOS box.

Here is an excerpt of my VBS code:

sub getTableNames(strDBName)
Dim sql, cn, rs, names, str, col
Set cn = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
Set rs = CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")
str = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" _
& strDBName _
& ";User Id=admin;Password=;"
cn.ConnectionString = str
sql = " SELECT * FROM Sys.Objects WHERE Type = 'U'"
rs.Open sql, cn
names = ""
For col = 0 to rs.fields.count - 1
names = names & " " & rs(col).value
WScript.Echo "Names ==>" & names & "<=="
End Sub

Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Solved: VBS - display all table names in a .mdb db file

After much trial and error and lots of googling, I have some code that workd for me. Here it is (if anyone sees any gotcha's here, please let me know):

'# getTableNames() - Get the names of all of the tables
'# defined in a .mdb file
'# Returns an array of names
Function getTableNames(strDBName)
Dim oJet, oDB, names, ndx

Set oJet = CreateObject("DAO.DBEngine.36")
Set oDB = oJet.openDatabase(strDBName)

' Build a "+" delimited string of names (
For ndx = 0 To oDB.TableDefs.Count - 1
' Ignore tables that start with "MSys"
If (LCase(Left(oDB.TableDefs(ndx).Name, 4))<>"msys") then
If (Len(names) > 0) Then
names = names & "+"
End If
names = names & oDB.TableDefs(ndx).Name
End If

' Make the string an array for the caller
getTableNames = split(names, "+")

End Function

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I could find anything like this in any other posts so here we go - - - I think I have a problem with my PC and Anti-Virus software. During virus scans (I use Norton Antivirus) I see the names of the files being scanned and see files that are not valid. The locations are usually C:\Windows\, C:\Windows\system32\, or C:\Windows\Programs\ Some actual names: ZBKAngel, e1.dll, hookerDll.dll, BillSux.exe, Jammer2nd.exe, Hazafibb, Spylocked.exe, (boxes).exe, and there are others. NAV Scans do not report any infections related to these files, only the typical spyware cookies.

I researched Symantec site (and others) and see they are associated with viruses/Trojans. Symantec live tech support could not find anything and when I perform a file search on my PC or look at Registry Entries I cannot find anything.

My security software: Current subscriptions for Norton Internet Security 2007 and Webroot SpySweeper. I had Webroot before the NAV package included the Anti-Spyware tool.

Additional tools recently used: MicroTrend online scan, Panda online scan, and the BitDefender trial version. A few minor things were located - mostly cookies / spyware and one reported Trojan.Downloader.Ruin and removed it.

I am still seeing those files names listed though. Bottom line is should I believe the scan results or do I have an issue based on seeing those file names listed when scanning with Norton? (or am I just crazy?)

Attached are .txt files from running HiJack This! and the Panda Acivescan.

Y... Read more

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So look at this photo:

How can I make Windows 10 display those folder names longer by default?


Answer:How to display longer folder and file names before the cutoff

So I don't know how to do this. I'll let this thread sit here and hopefully someone replies with some helpful information.

On my other lap top I'm running Windows 8.1, and it displays more text before the cut...

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I can't get names to appear in any of my files under the thumbnails.  One day I noticed that they weren't there.  I have tried to go to folder options and descriptions. Can someone help?[file cleanup - saving space - attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Names won't appear under Thumbnails

Try this..Good luck.

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Hi, my laptop -windows xp- isnt showing names underneath thumbnails when looked at throiugh my documents. when i enter a folder from my documents they don't show any names underneath the thumbnails either.

the thing is when i access my documents via my computer the names are there and everything is fine. i've spent a while now trying to fix it and nothing's worked. Ive read some info on other websites about how you hold shift, rightclick and then press 'open' but this doesnt seem to work for me. frustrated and in need of some help.

Answer:**** no names under thumbnails in my documents

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Outlook 2007, personal/archieve folder files does not display file names - How do i correct the problem so the files will display names vs just the file size.

Answer:Outlook 2007, personal/archieve folder files does not display file names

Hi, Please go through this link which might help you:- further help please reply.Thanks and Regards Deepa_REdit: Changed link to actual URL to remove perception of link obfuscation and increase link transparency. ~ Queen-Evie

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in thumbnail viewing mode (for any file type whatsoever) file names are blank in xp, they have no names - only if i switched to title, icons, list or details mode, a file's name will reappear. renaming when in thumbnail view mode is also impossible. any ideas on how to fix this? thanks

Answer:thumbnails no longer show their names in xp?

Press & hold down the Shift key BEFORE you enter any folder with Thumbnail view. It should be back to normal. G

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Is it possible to sort a folder's contents with both File names and Sub-Folder names intermixed?
I have projects in sub-folders, and 'support' files like this:

projabc (sub-folder)
projabc.txt (file)
projabc.bat (file)

amongst other projects.
I would like all the 'projabc...' items to appear together.


Answer:File Explorer Sort File names With Sub-Folder names

I don't know of a way to get Windows Explorer to do it. But XPlorer2 is supposed to have that sorting mode.
Edit: scroll down to "Folders sorted" in the table.

Edit2: Here's a Tutorial how to disable auto-arrange in W8:
Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable in Windows 8

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Probably it doesn't and my question is a long shot - but I recently toasted a drive, and it had many folders and files which I have little memory of. I also never used one of those nice apps that makes a list. Any help appreciated. Much obliged.


Answer:Does Windows save logs somewhere that shows folder names / file names?

Windows does not maintain such a log.

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I have a 160 GB HD NTFS file system with 118 GB free space. My Documents and setting folder has 8.87 GB with 12,388 Files and 816 folders that are many layers deep.

The problem: Every so often my XP professional OS will not accept a new long file name (less than 50 characters and spaces) but will accept an 8 character (DOS) name.

What is wrong? Have I reached a limit because of the long file names? Or too many files in a single folder? Or?

I run into the same problem with by back-up Hard Drive which has a FAT32 file system.

The problem seems to go away, at least for a while, if I restart my Dell Dimension 9100 PC.

Thank you, Supportbob4
I have replicated my problem both for my NTFS drive and the FAT32 drive.

I also finally got an error message which tells me the problem:
The maximum character and space limit of 255 includes file name plus the names of all the stacked folders after My Dicuments! The whole file path!

It can be very confusing because I was able to make it more than 255 characters and spaces but all of sudden it reached a threshold where it will no longer work until I shortened the file name back to 255. Going between hard drives seemed to make it recover sometimes when I had a longer than 255 path but then all of a sudden it stopped working.

I need to keep my folder names shorter and be cautious on length of file names too when I have many stacked folders.

Answer:Long file names not accepted Short DOS names ok

From what I recall the WinXP limits it to 255 characters, filenames written command prompt are 253 characters, and those include the filename and extension.

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How do I delete names from all files save list after deleting the actual files, the all files column still shows the deleted file name

Answer:How do I delete names from all file names

It would be real nice if you gave details on what you are attempting to do, with what program, what type of files, etc.Other than that it is all guesswork and could take ages to get a good answerSome HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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I have win 2000

When looking at Pictures My computer no longer shows the thumbnail view???? no matter what I do? Any Ideas??

Answer:thumbnails will not display

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Only .gif files show a proper thumbnail in explorer. .png and .jpg show as a MS Office picture manager logo and not the actual mini version of the picture.How do I change this?

Answer:XP thumbnails display

with what programme are your .jpg files associated? ie when you try to open one, what launches it? Maybe if you ensure they open with a photo adjustment problem (if you have one), things will improve.I found that even though I use Photoshop CS4, .jpg are ok but files with layers (.psd)only show as a Photo shop logo.

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In Windows Explorer (WinXP Home) I cannot display JPG thumbnails. Even when I go to VIEW >THUMBNAIL. I have tried all kinds of file settings and it will just show file names with a box saying JPG. No Picture.

It's impossible to find a pic for attachment or viewing without looking at many pics in Elements 3.0.

Any help with a solution will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Answer:JPG's will not display thumbnails????? Help.

A couple of months ago when there was a vulnerability associated with thumbnails did you by any chance download one of the non microsoft patches to fix this or did you deregister the DLL? This disables thumbnail view. If you did this, uninstall the patch , reregister the dll and get the proper patch from microsoft windows update.

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I am experiencing a problem where thumbnails on websites (so far only GIFS) do not display on my browser. Instead i get the white box with the red cross.

Any thoughts how to fix it?

Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
IE version 6.0.2900
Norton internet Security/anti virus 2004

Many thanks in advance.

Dob Dob

Answer:Internet Thumbnails Don't display

If you right click on the red X picture does it give the option for Show Picture? and if you select that option does the picture appear?

If so go to tools - internet options - advanced - multimedia and check off show pictures.

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A guy said his problem began after installing the software (which he has now uninstalled) that came with his new Canon camera. When he opens a folder of pictures (all jpgs) and his display default is set to "Thumbnails", he gets SMALL images (but not quite as small as "icons.") It also is VERY slow to display the images. If he changes the display to anything except thumbnail and then back to thumbnail, he gets the proper thumbnail size on all pics. If he just double clicks on the small image to open it and then closes it, all the images in the folder change to the correct thumbnail size. He has thousands of pictures to sort through and the extra steps are driving him crazy. Suggestions?

Answer:jpg thumbnails don't display properly-at first

Try This

Start > run > regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

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Hi All,I need some urgent help..I have one file files.lst, it will contain filenames,dialy the number of filenames  will be change.let us assume that this file.lst has following file namesa.dat \b.datc.datI need a batch file , it has to read this file names from filename.lst and has to check a.dat file is there or not in c:\informatica\srcfilesfolderlike that it has to check all the file names mentioned  in file.lstcould you please help me to write a batch fileThanks Mahesh Goli

Answer:need batch file for reading file names and chekcing the file name

You seem to have given three input file names Files.lst, File.lst and Filename.lst so uncertain that this is what you want:Code: [Select]@echo off


set path=c:\informatica\srcfiles\

for /f "delims=" %%# in (files.lst) do (
    if not exist %path%\%%# (echo ----- %%# does NOT exist in %path% -----
    ) else (
    echo +++++ %%# DOES exist in %path% +++++

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When ever I open a folder with many files it takes a while to open or the icons/thumbnails take a long time to generate and in task manager it can be seen that msmpeng.exe is using a core of my cpu @ 100% level. disabling MSE fixes the problem. i've no other anti malware/security application. just MSE and windows firewall. i installed malware bytes now to verify that my system has no spyware though (came clean). windows defender is disabled.

this problem is easily replicated with my downloads from firefox folder (problem is most obvious with this folder) and for a strange reason the stalker call of pripyat benchmark application installer. i'm facing this issue regardless of version - 1611, 1959 & 1961.

this is a clean installation of windows. formatted it just the day before. all windows updates applied too.

Answer:MSE slow display of icons and thumbnails

I also noticed the same thing with a folder I store downloaded ***.exe programs.
When I open this folder, the small icons take 20 seconds to load. This is definitely an MSE bug of some sort and has been reported to MS and they are aware of it.

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Just upgraded to a PC with Windows 7. When I run Windows explorer, I can no longer see my images and movies as thumbnails, when in icon view. They stay as icons. This happens whatever program I associate with the images/movies. I never had a problem in XP or Vista. I have looked through Windows help, but can't find any info on this. Can anyone advise how to get thumbnails displayed, so I can browse my images properly?

Answer:Win explorer does not display images as thumbnails

You have selected "medium icons" in the "view menu?

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I am a photographer and I want to display my pictures in a gallery on my website, doing something similar to the gallery section of this website:

I have no idea how she does this. It's set up so when you click on the thumbnail you will see a larger version of the image.

I plan on getting my site through homestead again. The starter package offers only 10 webpages. Is doing something like described above going to take more webpages than that? It doesn't look like the enlarged versions of the pictures open up on a separate page, but then again, I'm not sure, because I don't no what it entails to do something like that.

Can anybody help me with this?

Answer:Thumbnails/display for a photography website

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Recently, I have noticed that whenever I try to view pictures in Windows explorer using thumbnail view I do not get the actual picture. Instead I get a default picture, ie the sail boat with red sky.

I was doing some "research" I found that a possible fix was the "regsvr32.exe /i shdocvw.dll" command.

Yet I get an error as soon as I run it. It displays the following message:

"DLLInstall in shdocvw.dll failed. Return code was: 0x80070005"

Any suggestions what I can try to solve this problem?

Answer:Solved: pictures do not display as thumbnails?

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I can display thumbnails in windows explorer for my C drive pictures and have Windows photo viewer as default. However when I look at my External drive where my windows backup is stored I can only see icons. Have I missed something?

Answer:Windows backup does not display thumbnails.

Welcome to TGS.
Can you set to view as "Extra Large Icons" or "Large Icons" in here (Look attachment)
If no, what is shown there?
Post an screenshot

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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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Can anyone help. I am a novice with the computor and Digital camera. When I download from my camera to a folder, I am no longer able to open them as thumbnails but have open them individually and they open in Microsoft Picture Manager, the logo which appears on each photo icon. How can I get them all to open as thombnails again

Answer:Digital Photos-Can't display as thumbnails

At top of 'windows explorer' select 'view' then 'thumbnails', you should be to see your photos, job done.Hope this helps.

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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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Hello everyone,

I love the way that Internet Explorer 8 displays all of its open tabs/windows in a list view when you hover over the IE8 Taskbar Icon, and there are too many tabs/windows open to display them as thumbnails. I would like it to always display the open tabs/windows in a list view. Furthermore, I want my other programs, such as Outlook, where I have multiple items open, to display them in a list, rather than thumbnails, when I hover over the Outlook icon in the taskbar.

Is there any way to get this to happen, even if I have to use a software add-on?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Best regards,

Juan Antonio

Answer:Display Open Windows as List, NOT Thumbnails

Hi Juan Antonio,

You can do this by switching to a Basic theme: Theme - Change or Save


Windows Outreach Team

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Hey guys,

This is my first post on here and I hope you guys can help me. I have tried to be as detailed as possibly but please let me know if you require any more information.

I was recently struck with a Trojan that disabled my Anti-Virus software and Windows Defender. (wintems.exe/hdlrr.exe) I took care of that with GMER and some other assorted programs. I installed AVG Free and ran a full system scan to clear out anything I missed (it picked up one or two files) so I should now be clean.

EDIT: I forgot to mention this but I have also scanned my computer with the most current versions of Spybot S&D and AdAware 2007 and removed anything they picked up.

Ever since I removed the trojan/viruses though I have been having a very strange problem with Vista Home Premium (SP1) and I'm not sure what is happening. I have searched extensively and have found others with similar issues but nothing has worked for me yet. I thought I found a link to a Microsoft Hotfix that sounded late last night but I figured the issue would be resolved with the SP1 update and now I can't find the link again.

Anyways, recently Vista decided to stop showing my background wallpaper. If I right click on the desktop and go to personalize, I can click desktop background, but non of my pictures show previews. I can click on them and mouse over the details but if I try to set a picture it won't do anything.

See picture:

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Answer:Vista Won't Display Picture Thumbnails OR Set Wallpaper

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Let me correct that subject line a bit. It happens in almost all Sub Folders. For example, This PC is an odd one. Sometimes it's in thumbnail view, other times it's in detail view. I suppose that depends on how you start This PC.
This started about 3 weeks ago. I've been so busy with tech problems, at the time I never thought about it being a long term issue. Had I known, I could have looked at my windows updates to see if there was an update around that time. But if it was a Windows update, I think lots of users would be throwing fits, so it must be something that was caused by a setting in another program.
I use the detail view on ALL of my folders. Even pictures and music, if I'm looking at those in Explorer, I want the detail view. I have programs for my audio files and my image files - then I will use a different view.
Well, I remember in the good old days, at least in XP, you could go into Folder Options and make changes and there was a bo you could check to Apply these changes to ALL folders? It was wonderful. Windows 10 doesn't have that option. But I figure one of you has had a similar issue, and I also figure one of you has found a solution.
I change the settings in every folder that I open, but it doesn't stay, and I've looked at all the options in the toolbar - There doesn't seem to be any option to save that view, let alone apply to ALL folders. This is driving me mad.
So, have any of you had this problem? Have any of you found a way to change settings for fol... Read more

Answer:All folders in Explorer display in Thumbnails view - Why??

Hello hooked,

If you like, you could use the method in the tutorial below to set a default folder view to all folders using the "General Items" template.

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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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When openning folders of photos or using Windows Photo Gallery some thumbnails display as narrow vertical bands. If I start a slideshow using that folder they appear normally full screen. All images appear normally in Photoshop Elements.

Dell Laptop XPS 1530 with Vista Ultimate

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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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Hey Guys, this is an odd one.

I have a new Win10 machine which completely refuses to display thumbnails for PDF file types.

I have checked the view settings in explorer, and also the visual effects settings and it looks correct.

I have tried using Adobe Reader DC (which required a preferences setting to be changed to generate thumbnails) and also Foxit Reader (which doesn't) with no luck. Currently I have Foxit Reader installed.

PDF`s are currently visible in a preview pane, but PDF thumbnails simply wont show up! JPG thumbnails, however, generate just fine.

I did have this issue a while ago on an old machine, but the issue "went away" - I didn't take any deliberate actions to fix, so I`m at a loss to know whats going on here.

Any replies greatly appreciated.

Answer:Explorer not displaying PDF thumbnails, but will display JPEGs

Hi, does this help?
A quick and easy fix for pdf thumbnail problem ... |Adobe Community

Presumably this is the option you're referring to:
Enable thumbnail preview of PDFs in Windows Explorer

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Ive been searching the net for help with this and i just cant find what im looking for.

Im still new at excel macro's so still learning everyday.

I need help to wright a macro that will search in a folder for a file with a specific keyword that can be in the file name.

example: lets say i want to open a file that is in a folder that has "leadership" in the files name.
Because i send the file to people called "leadership.xls" and i recieve files back called "copyofleadership.xls" and different other names but there will always be leadership in the file name.

Can anyone please help me with this.


Answer:Excel macro to open a file in a folder with a specific keyword in the file names

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I am trying to write a batch program the list the current directory files that end in *.dwg
into a file on my C drive.
I have used the following code:
dir *.dwg /b >C:FileListing.txt
start notepad C:FileListing.txt

This code only gives file names in the current directory.
I need to have a list of path and file names in the file FileListing.txt
Is there a way to do that without including subdirectories??

Thank you,

Answer:Solved: Batch file to list file names in current Folder.

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I unwittingly downloaded a program to my computer and ran it. It turns out the program owner was masquerading as a reputable service provider, but was really all about stealing as much from his customers as possible. Somewhere in my data files is a file that starts itself up, and then installs spyware on the computer or calls out for spyware downloads. It is hidden well. My Kaspersky 2009 can't spot it. (This is the trojan-like malware part of the problem). I could use some help spotting this file, or files, and removing it.

One tactic this malware uses is that it installs unremovable files onto the computer system. I have struggled to remove some of these files with invalid file names, and it is un-do-able. This malicious software uses multiple methods to hide and corrupt the unremovable file. I have researched some of the different ways that a file can be made unremovable (invalid file names, strange file permissions, etc.), and this guy uses layered confusion to keep these files intact. A couple of months ago I backed up all my data, wiped the hard disk completely clean, reinstalled the operating system and AV, reinstalled the data, and repeatedly scanned the system with my AV and various online scanners. I found and deleted 4 or 5 viruses and I was satisfied that the system was clean.

But even though I have been very careful, this spyware has slowly crept back in, and starting a few days ago my system started to crash repeatedly. Now the system is screwe... Read more

Answer:Need help identifying invalid file names and removing a trojan-type file.

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please follow the instructions in the below link and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going.
Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not.
READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide


If you run into problems trying to run the READ & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode, You can try running steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:
Starting your computer in Safe mode

If you have problems downloading on the problem PC, download the tools on another PC and burn to a CD. Then copy them to the problem PC. You will have to skip getting updates if (and only if) your internet connection does not work. Yes you could use a flash drive too but flash drives are writeable and infections can spread to them.

Plus a guide on HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post

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I'm trying to recover an entire terabyte, and I don't want a recovery software which will scrap filenames and file structures, leaving an unintelligible mess to wade through. Is there a software which will preserve file names and structures, and possibly allow me to restore only particular directories?

Answer:Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory structure?

have a look at this one

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I have a external my book fat32 formated and a new mybook ntfs formated external as well.  Now when I copy my files from the fat32 to the ntfs external all files copy fine but some give that destination location file characters are too long, meaning that the file names are too long.  Now I could change the file names but that would conflict with programs that need that file name.  I am using vista ultimate and would like to copy all the files over from the fat32 to ntfs so I can reformat the fat32 to ntfs.  The files got on the ntfs from a simple drag and drop from my IDE NTFS internal hard drive. I hope you guys to tell me what to do. Thank you :)

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I'm trying to recover an entire terabyte, and I don't want a recovery software which will scrap filenames and file structures, leaving an unintelligible mess to wade through. Is there a software which will preserve file names and structures, and possibly allow me to restore only particular directories?

Answer:Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory structure?

Hmm; Normally any backup software would do this for you.

If you had a secondary copy (say other media to which you did a copy), then this would be a snap.

It sounds as if you only have the original media and you need to recover "whatever is possible".

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For some reason the embedded art only appears with these views:
Extra large icons
Large icons
Medium icons

With the other views, a small icon of the default player is displayed. Is it possible for explorer to display small embedded art fot these other views?

Content view (embedded art visible):

Details view (embedded art not visible, default player icon shown instead):

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After upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Reader DC and exactly after checking and installing 'Enable PDF thumbnail previews in Windows Explorer', I encounter a problem when I open a folder that contains PDF books. It takes a while to display the thumbnail, which slows my laptop and also raise the volume of the fan.

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Hi, I hope someone can help me!

When I open a folder containing video files, sometimes it won't display the thumbnails unless I back out of the folder and enter it again, or if I refresh the folder.

Sometimes it will load some files, for example if a folder has 5 files, it sometimes loads 2 but the other 3 are left blank, I have to refresh the folder to make the other 3 generate their thumbnails.

I didn't have this issue prior to Fall Creators Update. I haven't installed any video codecs or players.

I've ran the DISM.exe command, sfc /scannow and reinstalled all apps using powershell. I've tried turning off and on the display icons instead of thumbnails option, I've tried clearing thumbnail cache.

It happens on all disks, not a specific one.

Please help! It's driving me crazy.

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After upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Reader DC and exactly after checking and installing 'Enable PDF thumbnail previews in Windows Explorer', I encounter a problem when I open a folder that contains PDF books. It takes a while to display the thumbnail, which slows my laptop and also raise the volume of the fan.

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Hi all, i have some audio files in vista that got thumbnails shown in the explorer, but others not, so i want all my audio files show their thumbnails in the explorer, do i need to send a screenshot with two different files so u'll understand?
Thanks in advance

Answer:How can i display all audio files thumbnails in the explorer in Vista?

I finally got it, i needed a software like Tag&Rename to apply cover for audio files

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Hi All,

I've got a problem creating long named folders or files on a Linux network share.

I can see and log in to the share without any problems, but if I try to create a folder that is longer than 8 characters, I get the following error message:
The drive that this file or folder is stored on does not allow long file names, or names containing blanks or any of the following characters: \ / : , ; * ? < > |

Also, I can not see files on the share that have long names...

I only have this problem when I use my Windows 7 machine. XP and Ubuntu work just fine.

I am using Windows 7 Professional.


Answer:The drive that this file or folder is stored on does not allow long file names...


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Hey guys, I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Is it possible to display the thumbnails of my open website tabs in taskbar for Firefox just like Internet Explorer 9 does? I'm talking about when you hover over Internet Explorer Icon in Taskbar you can view all the open tabs. I'm running the latest version of Firefox. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Display Firefox Thumbnails (Tabs) in Taskbar like Internet Explorer?

Go to Tools, Options, Tabs then check the box that says show tab previews on the windows taskbar.

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Hello! All my mp4 and wmv video icons on my desktop and folders suddenly changed from convenient photo thumbnails to generic mp4 and wmv icons. The photos enable me to identify the vids, especially if there are no captions for them.

How do I get the photo icons back? I considered system restore, but my restore points don't go back far enough.

Using Windows 7. Thanks for your assistance!


Answer:changing desktop and folder icons to display photo thumbnails

Welcome to the Seven Forums

First check to see if you have Thumbnails enabled Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable


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I used file scavenger 3.2 to recover hard drive files. I was somewhat sucessfull except
it give errors for files larger than 16 cheracters. Is there a way to recover long
file names with file scavenger 3.2?
I have used several internet downloads to recover my drive and many did not
work. So far file scavenger did the best. Is there some other software that I
might try. PC inspector did not work.
Thank you,

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I am running windows XP with my desktop and have recently added an external hard drive via usb (MD ELEMENTS 1 Terrabyte).

I copied over the avi files etc that I wanted to put across, but now, when I try and copy a folder to a folder on this external drive, I get the error:

The Destination does not support long file names. Please enter a filename for this file.

Anyone have any ideas pls????? There are already files on there with longer names.....?

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A brief apology: I'm probably too old to mess with this stuff (pulling 80,) but I like to try. Please be patient with me, and ask for details if I am not stating my problem clearly. I have searched, but could not find this problem already discussed in this forum.
I just installed Windows 10. Not sure if I like it, but I'm trying hard.
Problem: When I go to File Explorer, in the left panel, when I click on a folder name, the contents of that folder (both sub-folders and files) show in the right panel.
In the left panel, when I click on ">" beside a folder name, it will expand in the left panel showing the sub-folders, but not "loose files".
I could have sworn that in earlier versions of Windows the files also showed.
Is there a option setting somewhere to change this behavior and to show the files also in the left panel?


Answer:File names in Left Panel of File Explorer

No one has even a suggested answer?

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I have four displays attached to my machine and they used to be called \\.\DISPLAY1, \\.\DISPLAY2, \\.\DISPLAY3 and \\.\DISPLAY4 but now they are called \\.\DISPLAY1, \\.\DISPLAY5, \\.\DISPLAY6 and \\.\DISPLAY7. I don't know when or why the change happened. I'm working on getting an AutoHotKey script to function which depends on the names so I really need them to not change. Can I determine the cause and/or stop them from changing?

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hi, is there a way to have to different screen resoultion on 2 user names. for example can i have 800 x 600 on 1 user name and 1024 x 768 on another user name.Thanks

Answer:two different display resolutions on 2 user names?

I have never tried and have only one account.Have you tried to set on the two accounts?right click on desktop/properties/settingsSomeone may know^bunp^

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how can i enable displaying of computer user names on login? I changed all passwords of all users, including the administrative password, but the administrator is still the default user which logs in automatically.

Answer:display all user names on login

Go to control panel and then users. Above the users listed click on "Change the way users log on" and then uncheck the 2 boxes that appear. Then Apply.The when logging on the next time you will get a log on window where you can input the user name and password.

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How can I change the display name of an email in Outlook 2003 inbox? So, for example, if "[email protected]" sends me an email, my inbox may display, in the "from" column, "Joe Smith". But, with the same email address, it might display just "Joe". Same issue with non-AOL emails. One of my main clients has both an AOL and non-AOL address he uses, and his two email addresses show up as five different people in my inbox, in various forms ("joe", "joe smith", "[email protected]", etc.).

I'd like to change the display names of the two email addresses so they are the same (e.g., "Joe Smith"), and thus would sort and group together when I choose to sort by "from".

Thanks in advance for any assistance...


Answer:Outlook - changing inbox display names

Hi johnbrowning

Welcome to Tech Support Guy Forums!

Did you try changing the Display Name field in the Contacts window?
You can add several e-mail addresses in one Contact window.

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Hello everyone. I have a Dell Dimension 2400 with XP Home. When PC boots up, it gets as far as the Windows XP startup screen with the line top and bottom and thats it! no login names are displayed or anything. Mouse moves and KB is not locked. ctrl-alt-del does not display the login page either. I tried in safe mode with same results. Any ideas?

Answer:XP Home edition does not display login names.

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When two or more documents of a program (microsoft word, for example) are used then the word icons are grouped in the task bar. When the mouse pointer is put over the word icon then a little window appears with the document names. This is useful but sometimes is not fast enough.

Is there possible to display the word document title names as extended icon names. Then it wouldn't be necessary to put the mouse pointer over the icons to choose the desired word document because the document names would be displayed in a task bar like two separated icons.


Answer:How to display extended icon names in taskbar?

When you right click on the taskbar (Word or something else) icon,
does the jump list show what you need or would like to see of open or recent docs?

Recent Items and Frequent Places - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

Jump Lists - Reset and Clear in Windows 8

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I imported my Contacts from WLM to Outlook 2016.
In the Address Book it has assigned Display names identical to the email addresses (it didn't ask!)
I would like them to be the same as the Full (real) names.
It appears I can edit them one-by-one but for >200 that's a pain.
Is there a way to change them globally?

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I have a couple hundred mixed images of different file types. 80% of them do not have file extensions in the name. Mostly Tiff, EPS (in CMYK), PS, AI, and Jpg. I need to add in file extensions for the correct image type. So all the Tiff files without .tif at the end need .tif added. Same for EPS, AI etc. Some images DO have the extension already and I do not want those changed or an extra extension tagged onto them.

Any suggestions for software to read the file type from the image then add the correct extension if it is missing? I could do it manually but hundreds of manual renames are not my idea of a fun time. I have Vista, XP, 2K, A few Linux distro's etc available, so I can run most modern software.

Answer:batch add file extensions to file names.

Do you have "Hide Extensions for Known File Types" enabled in Windows Folder Properties by chance? Or do you just want to have the file extension in the file name?

"The Rename" will do what you want.

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It will of course have the leave the period before the file type intact.
Suggestions? Many thanks.

Answer:Need file renamer to remove . and _ in file names

Havent tried it myself, but others recommend 1-4a Renamer.

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When I open a file in MS Word 2003 (or Publisher) the file names are listed in reverse alphabetical order.How can I get it back to displaying the list in the correct order? When I list files in Windows Explorer, the file names are listed A-Z!I run Windows XP SP2

Answer:MS Word - Open File - File names Z-A

Click on 'Name' to sort. It seems to remember the setting each time.

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Why do my layered .tif files sometimes thumbnail as only one of the layers? Changing the active layers and re-saving does not help. I use Photoshop CS2 as my image editing software. When the same file is saved as a .jpg it thumbnails perfectly.

Answer:.tif file thumbnails in windows 7

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How would I go about this? I dislike having thumbnail previews of certain file types like video's. But I want my Jpgs, gifs, png's and such, basicly pictures to have Thumbnail previews still. Thats all. The only option Seven gives me is all or none.

Answer:I want to have thumbnails for only some file types...

You may use Shark007's FREE Codec solutions - Windows 7 codecs . It provides thumbnail preview turn on\off mechanism for some codecs.

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I am running Vista Home ... when in the folder I have my videos in I can see my .avi movies from my old HP dig cam but can not view the thumbnail of the newer .mov videos from my Kodak dig cam. This bugs me. I can play them in quicktime but would love to be able to see the thumbnail preview so sorting them would be a lot faster.

I've googled this and tried several things. Nothing has worked as of yet. Maybe I am not doing something right. I download and installed VLC and 3ivx. I do not want to change any .reg afraid I might mess something up. This machine is only 1 week old.

Someone please help me I don't know what else to do or where else to look.

Answer:Can't view .mov file thumbnails

As you may know, Windows Vista doesn't natively support mov files. VLC can play them, but its decoders are built-in and completely independent of Windows. 3ivx only decodes mov files (and mp4 files and 3gp files) encoded in MPEG-4 (it won't decode mov files in any other codec); not sure about its previewing capabilities.
What you would need is a filter (sometimes called splitter) to enable Windows (and Windows Media Player and Explorer etc.) to sparse mov files. The two most popular ones are Haali's and Gabest's filters. They're not perfect (have a few bugs - notably for mp4 and 3gp files) because they're third-party software, but they work for most files.
I believe Haali's filter is bundled with QuickTime Alternative, which you can get here:
During installation it will propose to uninstall QuickTime, but that's not necessary. You can have QuickTime and QuickTime Alternative work side by side just fine.
As for Gabest's filter it's built-in Media Player Classic (also installed with QuickTime Alternative). I think you could download the filter alone somewhere in here
but I'm not sure how to install it and register it with Windows.

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Hi - I think I have a mental block: I'm sure I used to be able to address emails to just 'Joe' and not Joe Bloggs ([email protected]) for example.
I know I could do it in Outlook, by adding 'Joe' to the 'Display as' option when I added a contact, but am I missing something in WLM?

Answer:How to display only names in emails (Windows Live Mail)

If you go to contacts, hover the mouse cursor over an address, select edit contact, select contact in the pane, in the new pane that opens just have the Christian name showing in the list and save.

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Ok I'm totally at a loss on how to word this so I'm just going to write it out the best that I can...

First I have a batch file that I'm writing that will convert mp4 files to mp3 files (I have a lot) for a buddies band using ffmpeg.

Here's the code that I'm using:

ffmpeg -i folder\video.mp4 -f mp3 -ab 160000 -vn "\different folder\music.mp3"

what I would like to do is add to this so that I don't have to write out this code for every file I have... :/

I have the mp4 files in one folder and than the mp3 files are saving to another folder.

So here's an example of what the code will do if it isn't clear yet.

Folder 1:


what it should do is grab video1.mp4 and convert it.

ffmpeg -i folder\video1.mp4 -f mp3 -ab 160000 -vn "\different folder\music1.mp3"

and than move onto the next one

ffmpeg -i folder\video2.mp4 -f mp3 -ab 160000 -vn "\different folder\music2.mp3"

and than the next one

ffmpeg -i folder\video3.mp4 -f mp3 -ab 160000 -vn "\different folder\music3.mp3"

It's going to have to grab the name from the mp4 file and insert it for the mp3 file.

I can get around pretty good in cmd if it's basic commands but when it comes to something like this I'm a little confused...

Thanks for the help in advance!
I'll see what i can do about searching some more on what I would have to do and if I find the solution I'll post it here if it isn't already answered.

Answer:Batch File that grabs file names from folder to insert into batch file

A DOS "for /f" loop should do the trick, although changing the filename extension for the output to do everything in one line escapes me at the moment.

Perhaps you could do a dir .\folder\*.mp4/s/b > mp4s.txt, then make a copy of that and edit each line to rename the file to the destination name, and save it as mp3s.txt. Then you just feed both the source (mp4s.txt) and destination (mp3s.txt) filesnames into the for /f loop which handles the ffmpeg conversion.

Quite a crude solution and you'd have to handpatch the destination filenames, but i can't think of how to get a source mp4 filename and then just change the extension.

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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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I frequently use disc cleanup and I would like to know if there is a way to make the job easier in regards to the thumbnails file.

Is there a way to make the size of the thumbnails file smaller so these files don't accumulate as much, or even better, is there a way to have Vista purge these files automatically so I don't have to do the disc cleanup method?


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I have window 10 home.

I'm in the directory on my hard disk c:\
I can see maybe 2-3 thumbnails preview the rest are icons and i have like 400 items most of them thumbnails/images of some types: png jpg bmp.

My hard disk c: have 93.6 GB free out of 139 GB
And i tried already in the menu: View > Options > Change folder and search options > View and then unchecked Always show icons, never thumbnails. But it didn't help much.

I did new windows 10 clean install today and not yet installed new updates since there was no space on C: so i startec lean up some stuff and so far i have 93.6 GB free space. Maybe the problem is that i need first to install all the updates ?

I tried now to go drive D and same problem most of the images without preview.

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Some of the thumbnails aren't showing up windows explorer even though they are the same file type. There will be 12 episodes of a show in .AVI or .MKV, and only 9 will have thumbnails, the other 3 don't. I have the Haali Media Splitter on to show thumbnails and I installed the Windows Service Pack to to it too (not sure which one is actually working, if I had to guess I'd say it's Haali).

To enable the thumbnails on Haali Media Splitter I click it, the went: options → explorer integration → show thumbnails (yes) → thumbnails offset (10000)

Not sure what is wrong...can anyone help?

And this is a problem with pretty much all the file types, some thumbnails showing and some not when they're in the same folder and I got them from the same source (all the files in a folder are either AVI or MKV, but the problem happens with both)

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Hi, I used this tutorial last year, it worked fine and then just a few months ago this happened.

Whenever I save or open a file, this is is what the pop-up menu looks like > link (the folder doesn't work too, but a while ago I restored the icons to default from the tutorial, and now it looks like this)

When I open it using windows explorer and Internet Explorer (ctrl+O) it works fine, but when I use Maxthon 3, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome it doesn't work. So maybe the problem isn't the browser, maybe it's the computer?
I don't know what happened, it's been months since like this and it's been annoying me (because I can't choose which to upload w/o seeing the thumbnail) so I tried different solutions found in the internet that DIDN'T work:
(I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate x64)uninstalling then re-installing the browser
going to folder and search options > view > unchecking "Always show icons, never thumbnails"
going to control panel > all control panel items > performance information and tools > adjust visual effects > checking "show thumbnails instead of icons"
going to computer > right click hard disk > properties > disk cleanup > checking "thumbnails" > clean up system files (this kind of messed up my thumbnails more)
I tried opening command prompt then type sfc /scannow but it stopped at 20% and said "Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation."

Pleeease help ... Read more

Answer:No thumbnails in open/save file

Welcome to Seven Forums Cath.

First of all I don't understand how you are opening a folder with a browser?
Press the windows logo key + Pause Break to open System Properties and follow the diagram below to "For Cath" and check "Show Thumbnails Instead of Icons".

Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

This may help too: Icon Cache - Rebuild


Thumbnail Cache - Clear and Reset
You may need to do a repair install since sfc /scannow won't run.

Repair Install

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I'm getting more and more used to Windows 7. Generally I like to see everything as files and folders; I don't care to see photos as thumbnails. I like to see file name (with extension), size, date, etc. How do I do this in windows 7.


Answer:windows explorer: want file name not thumbnails

use details view?

File and Folder Arrangement - Change in Windows Explorer Window

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

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I was wandering around in the option menus of my Windows 8.1 where I had no business being, and I accidentally chose an option which disabled the thumbnails of my jpeg files from showing.   How do I get the Windows to show a thumbnail of the photo
inside my jpeg's, PLEASE ???

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Hello all,
I have what I consider to be a rather unique situation. I have recently been trying to restore an old, uncropped version of a file from about 10 years and about 3 computers ago, naturally impossible under general circumstances. However, the thumbnail for the file still shows the original version, while opening the image in windows media viewer or ms paint reveals that the file in fact contains the new version.

My query was since the thumbnail seems to be saving the original non-cropped version, has it kept a copy of the old file? If so, can the old version be opened so I can view it? I lack information about thumbnails to know whether this is possible or impossible.

Thanks for any assistance.

Answer:Viewing source file for thumbnails.

You would need a copy of the original file. A thumbnail is just a smaller version and does not contain this file. The best you could do is resize the image to whatever size is needed but the quality of the image would suffer.

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when i send e-mail in Outlook 2000 and select the names of the people i want to email. I just get...yourname (email) the TO bar...I was wondering how to display the name and email address all at once. Similar to the way AOL does Please help me!!!!

Answer:Display email address in outlook 2000 instead of just names when sending

Unless you're using your company's global address list, you must have saved the e-mail addresses yourself (either in your personal address book or in Contacts).

If so, the name is just a short identifier for that e-mail address. You can change the names to include the e-mail address by editing it the name:

In Contacts, right-click the contact, click Open.
Change the Full Name line to read:

Contact Name: E-mail address
e.g. John Smith: [email protected]
In the File As line, make sure it says the same as above.
Click Save and Close.

Alternatively, use:
File, Address Book, double-click the addressee, click the Name tab.
Add the e-mail address to the end of the surname and make sure it appears the same in the Display line.

If you're using a global address list, I'm not sure how you'd change it, maybe someone else can jump in and help you?



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Being that Gmail is pretty good, is there a way to do away with Outlook and use Gmail but display all my email names. They all happen to be Gmail accounts anyway. Just wondering if there is a way without logging in & out of each name

Answer:Solved: Is there a way to use Google like Outlook to display multiple email names

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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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Hello Sir, I m using Windows 8.1 and i m getting one issue.. Video file Thumbnails not showing in My Laptop.. Check screenshot ::-
In This ScreenShot .avi and .mp4 File exist.. But not showing thumbnails.. Please help.. And here is My Thumbnails View Setting ::-
Please give me solution what to do now.. Please.. Hope You guyss Reply soon...


Answer:Video File Thumbnails Not Showing In Windows 8.1

hello ,And welcome to eightfourms in the directory folder you have posted the picture of ,go to view and try settinh to large icon, looks like you may have it set to details or list ect ect

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VLC is not showing thumbnails view of video files. My Video files are generally flv. I have not checked whether it is showing thumbnails for other type of video files or not.

Answer:VLC not showing thumbnails view of Video File

a piece of software called icaros can help. If specified in the settings it will take responsibility for thumbnail generation of various file types

Icaros 2.3.0 / 3.0.0 RC4 - Download

background info that led to my discovery is on this forum

Mpg files Windows 10

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I'm an new user to Photoshop CS(Windows) ... I find that in the file browser (I'm looking at RAW images) ... SOME images do not have thumbnails desplayed ... only a generic ICON ... this is maybe 15% of the images...

.... if I select one of these images I can see it in the preview window, and I can open it into Photoshop (via the Camera Raw plug-in) ... but I can't see a thumbnail in the main browsing window ...

... this makes it very difficult to select images for further editing...

... if you know how to correct this problem, or know what the cause might be, please let me know.

Thanks, Peubear

Answer:Photoshop CS File Browser No Thumbnails Some Images

Howdy and welcome

interesting problem

Don't have your answer but...

Are these all from the same camera/card?

The only thing that happened to me was viewing Nikon RAW/NEC files they would show generic in the browser window but not show in the preview window until I added the NEC plugin to CS


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I'm not talking about PSD files here, just jpgs and other "regular" image formats. I have no problems with seeing thumbnails by default in any other software's File Open dialogs other than Photoshop (CS4 in my case). No matter what I have tried in Folder Options (yadda yadda) PS CS4 refuses to display thumbnails unless I manually choose "Icons" from the view menu once I am in the dialog. (Ideally I'd like it to automatically display Extra Large Icons.) This is driving me nuts as I work on jpg photos all day and every day. Sure I can use Bridge, but it is SO slow, or something else, but someone out there must have a fix? I can't see anything obvious in the Adobe areas of the registry and don't know enough about it to hack it myself. Grateful for any help!

I realize you can use Libraries to get thumbnails, but that's about as many clicks (or more) than File>Open>View>Ex Large thumbnails ... every single time!!

I am using Win7 x64, Photoshop CS4 x86


Answer:File Open dialog and thumbnails ... Photoshop

Hi Robin, here are a couple of posts that I could find related to your question.

Adobe Forums: Set thumbnail view as default in the...

How to default to thumbnails opening photoshop - FM Forums

Hope this helps!

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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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I know that if in Folder Options I choose "Always show icons, never thumbnails' the '.thumbs' file stops being created everytime you view an image file in Explorer. But I do want to see thumbnails, or more specifically I like the idea of viewing the image of the *.jpg, *.dng etc. when in Explorer. However, what I don't like is getting a '.thumbs' file being created.
I'm sure it is possible to have one without the other but can't recall how to do so.
Thank you

Answer:Viewing thumbnails as images but without .thumbs file

In Windows Explorer [Win7 and earlier] go to Organize, Folder and Search Options, View tab and the first item Files and Folders and uncheck the first thing about Always show icons, never thumbnails. At least that is what works with my Win7 Ult. But then I use the Extra Large Icons view for pictures and don't get the .thumbs part.

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I know there are some threads about this. but I couldn't solve my problem using those. so I decided to make a new thread instead of bumping the old ones.
Well, Here is my problem:
recently I installed a fresh copy of windows 8 on my PC. it was nothing wrong with it till I installed Kaspersky Endpoint Security 10 (v. & did a reboot.
Now non of my files including picture, audio & video files show thumbnails or even tags (ex mp3 files).
I've tried the solutions stated about turning thumbnails on & off with no luck. in my folder options the option "Always show icons, never thumbnails" is UNCHECKED.

Has anybody faced the problem?? Is the issue from Kaspersky?? Are there any workarounds??

I truly Appreciate any help.

PS. I also have some difficulties pinning folders to windows explorer taskbar icon since then.

Answer:File Thumbnails & Tags Not Showing in Explorer

How about trying to do a system restore?
System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8

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VLC is not showing thumbnails view of video files. My Video files are generally flv. I have not checked whether it is showing thumbnails for other type of video files or not.

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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 can't see my file names in Thumbnails view in My Documents folder, although I can see the thumbnail and the name in other folders.I know I can just switch to Tiles and Icons (etc.) view, but I like to see my pictures before I open them, since I can't remember the names for them. I don't mind not seeing the names for my pictures, but it can be very frustrating to find a folder that I'm looking for in the same view (Thumbnails) without a name showing underneath, because they all look the same.I have to put my mouse over them or switch to other views every time I want to open a particular folder in My Documents.I don't know when or how they disappeared, but can somebody help me fix this?

Answer:Help With File Names

To fix the Filename problem :

Go to "My documents" click on View and select List then go back to View
then hold down the Shift Key and click on Thumbnails.

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Question: file names

i have found files with the names of crypto and IMJP8_1

are these ok

Answer:file names

Welcome to MajorGeeks, harrygodfrety

Computer File Extensions

CRYPTO - CryptoMite Encrypted Archive (BAxBEx Software), etc
IMJ - Pegasus Image Corp Bitmap , etc

Note: It's a very bad idea to post your e-mail addy -- spammers & bots would have a field day with it.


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Chas thought I might need to be here with my question. I recently found a file directly under C:\Program Files called .autorun and in one of the logs thrown out by runkeys, I found an entry .owner
Why is there a . before these names? When I first saw it I thought it was malware.

Answer:why is there a . before some file names?

Personnaly i nerver saw those kind of extension files but autorun.exe is when you insert a cd it will start right away when your put in your cd drive.....

Did you check with google ???

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Question: file names

having downloaded a flv to mp3 convertor it asks for a file name associated with the music to convert so where on earth do i find the file name have tried wild-card names but no go.

Answer:file names

Quote: Originally Posted by oldfogey

having downloaded a flv to mp3 convertor it asks for a file name associated with the music to convert so where on earth do i find the file name have tried wild-card names but no go.

The file name it wants is the name of the flv file (guess youtube downloads) , which you want to convert to mp3 .

Usually such programs have a browse button ... through which you are to navigate to the file which is sought to be converted . Browse to the location , select the flv, the filename will be automatically taken .

For some better help, provide the download link here , so that we may try the program and guide you the steps with screenshots .

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