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Windows 7: Folder Thumbnails

08 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
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.

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08 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64

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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08 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64

Hey Jack

Right, as you stated, by naming one picture "Folder.jpg" it does indeed show that on the folder. As to the randomness of the others, ie not calling one folder.jpg, i get a view of maybe three files on the folder front, which i really like, but it seems as you say windows makes it's own mind up, although i haven't cleared the cache.

I would have thought that as the file names are alpha numeric, wouldn't it choose to sort them in that order? i did look at the file sizes as i thought it may have been sorting them by size but it appears not to be the case.


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08 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64

Hi Stool,
This, I know, is of no use to you, but I spent that long trying to figure it out / scratching me head, on sorting the "image order" that in the end I gave up and (nearly) just lived with it. I'm watching this thread though in case anyone comes up with the real answer. I hate being beaten

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17 Jul 2010   #5


The folder view works on the date, not name etc. etc.
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