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Windows 7: XP-Style Folder Thumbails in Explorer


18 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
XP-Style Folder Thumbails in Explorer

Hello

I'm just curious to know if this is possible (either with settings built into Windows 7 or a third-party program).

If we cast our memories back to Windows Explorer in XP, I remember that if you right clicked a folder (directory), properties and then 'customize' you could set the folder icon to be a thumbnail image; like so:



(Sorry about the size, i just found it through a google search)


Anyway, I want to do something similar for my music folder; where i have a picture of the band on the folder, not this 'slipped-in' image that you get currently.

Here's my current folder structure in Windows 7.



Ive tried going to customize, choose file to show on folder etc. - but that doesnt change anything.

I also want it to show like this in the music library.

Many Thanks


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19 Jul 2011   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

I do not know a easy way but here is one way of doing it.
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Open your music folder go to Organize then Folder and search options.
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Go to the View tab and put a check mark by Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
And uncheck Hide Protected operating system files. Click Apply and OK. (you can change this back when done)
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You will get a warning click yes.
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You will see Album Art jpgs you will need to convert one of them to .ico I used gimp.
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After you have converted it put it back in your music folder.
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Close your music folder and right click on it and choose Properties go to the Customize tab and choose Change icon.
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Click on the Browse button and browse to your music folder.
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Choose The Album Art and click open.
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Choose The Album Art and click OK.
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Click Apply and OK
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You may need to right click and click on Refresh.
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Jerry


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19 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Aah yes that is a way to do it... I didn't realise you could do it in GIMP! (I'm used to working with Photoshop & Fireworks)

Many thanks for your suggestion!
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19 Jul 2011   #4

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by deadevil13 View Post
Aah yes that is a way to do it... I didn't realise you could do it in GIMP! (I'm used to working with Photoshop & Fireworks)

Many thanks for your suggestion!
You're Welcome if this solved it at the top of your first post should be a place to mark as solved.
Jerry
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20 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

*cough* use the Music Library. Top right "Arrange by" pick either Artist or Album, adjust the view to thumbnails. When set to Artist, double click to open to Album view, change the settings to how you want, open an Album change the song list to what you want. From there on, all Albums and Songs will have to same settings.


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20 Jul 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
*cough* use the Music Library. Top right "Arrange by" pick either Artist or Album, adjust the view to thumbnails. When set to Artist, double click to open to Album view, change the settings to how you want, open an Album change the song list to what you want. From there on, all Albums and Songs will have to same settings.
Good to know logicearth I don't use libraries I did not know that thanks.
Jerry
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