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Windows 7: Folders as icons, pictures as thumbnails

19 Nov 2014   #1
Anixx

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Folders as icons, pictures as thumbnails

Is it possible to show folders as icons in Windows Explorer rather than thumbnails while still having images and videos shown as thumbnails?


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25 Nov 2014   #2
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I wish.

I'm sure there's some way to do this, but I don't know how. I've been looking for a way to do this for years (since the days of Windows Vista).
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08 Dec 2014   #3
giova

windows 7 proffesional x64
 
 

xmmm...I am wondering the same thing.
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11 Mar 2015   #4
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sorry to bump such an old thread, but I've found a solution to this.

Step 1: Disable all thumbnails (don't worry, we'll get our file icons back soon enough).

Step 2: Download the program SageThumbs.

Step 3: In the SageThumbs settings, choose the file types you want to display as thumbnails.

Step 4: Enjoy no more live folders!
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12 Mar 2015   #5
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

I knew about this but in my view it is not exactly a good solution. The set of filetypes for which it can display thumbnails is smaller than what Windows thumbnailer can.
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19 Mar 2015   #6
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anixx View Post
I knew about this but in my view it is not exactly a good solution. The set of filetypes for which it can display thumbnails is smaller than what Windows thumbnailer can.
After trying if for a while, I actually agree with you. I find it pretty annoying not having filetype icons. Plus, thumbnails are loaded significantly slower.

I'm pretty sure imageres.dll is what handles icon rendering (not alignment, so modifying that won't solve our 32x32 icons issue) so that's where I would start looking.
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19 Mar 2015   #7
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

I am quite sure Live Folders can be disabled via registry, by unregistering the preview handler for the folder file type.
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19 Mar 2015   #8
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I was wondering if that could be the case. Do you have any idea where in the registry that would be?
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09 Oct 2015   #9
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Butters View Post
Step 2: Download the program SageThumbs.
SageThumbs does not work with PDF files which is very important for me.
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10 Oct 2015   #10
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Nor does it work with video files AFAIK. It's especially problematic when you are viewing icons that are 16x16px (details view or small icons) when it doesn't show a filetype icon, but rather the thumbnail (which is useless with 16x16 icons).

I've done a bit of messing around, and I have found some of the icons in imageres.dll that are used in live folders. However, I don't think we'd get very far by simply editing these though (due to the way Windows renders live folders). I think it would be better to fully disable folder thumbnails whilst not messing with picture thumbnails somehow. I'm sure some modification can be made to imageres.dll, but I currently don't know how it would be done.
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