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Windows 7: Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable


01 Jun 2009   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Explorer Thumbnail Previews in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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16 May 2011   #20
aerrow

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
help

is there a way to off thumbnail preview for folder and on for picture files like .jpg,.png,.bmp....


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16 May 2011   #21
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Aerrow,

Turning off thumbnail previews as in the tutorial is a all or none setting.

For a folder, you could workaround this by changing the icon of that folder. It would then display that icon instead of the thumbnail preview.

For specific image files, you might be able to workaround this by setting some image viewing program that doesn't support Windows thumbnail previews as the default program with Open With to open those file extensions with instead of Windows Photo Viewer.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 May 2011   #22
aerrow

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

lol. i know tht
but changing icon everytime i creat a newfolder is a pain..
anyways.. thanks..
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17 May 2011   #23
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry Aerrow.
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18 May 2011   #24
aerrow

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

its ok.. i changed imageres.dll and tht kinda statisfied me .. i guess
thanks anyway ^^
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18 May 2011   #25
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm glad to hear that you found a workaround that will work for you.
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18 May 2011   #26
aerrow

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

thanks, lol
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19 May 2011   #27
daisensou

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello Brink.

Quote:
Turning off thumbnail previews as in the tutorial is a all or none setting.
Seeing thumbnails loading in small icons is a really, really sad sight and waste of processing power. Worse yet, while I have things well organized here, thumbnails come in handy when I have a bunch of sequential images with only some small differences but are a hindrance when trying to extract thumbnails of large images (TIF and high-rez JPGs) (seeing the address bar slowly filling up is kind of depressing, hahaha).

So there is no way to get closer to the XP behaviour (a hack or 3rd party app to display thumbnails on the fly, only when I select "View > Thumbnails\Large icons")?
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19 May 2011   #28
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Daisensou, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Not by default in Windows 7. I'm sure that there may be some 3rd party image viewing apps out there that you can view the images like that in it instead. I don't use them, so I don't know of any off hand. You might post a new thread on what features you would like one to have in the Software forum area to see if someone may know of a program that may do it.
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19 May 2011   #29
daisensou

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

SQUEEEEE! I think I did it!

It's not a "seamless" integration to the Explorer shell, but it's good enough!

Turns out IrfanView has a nice thumbnail mode (its icons are a relic from Windows 95, but the application sure is awesome, I guess ResHack can be used to "fix" the icons).

So... time to patch it up on Explorer, while there may be other ways to do it, I settled in using Classic Shell, this way I can add some custom buttons on top of the other goodies CS delivers.

The button uses this simple command: "PathToIrfanViewFolder\i_view32.exe" "%1 /thumbs"

*Well, if the command above doesn't work (aka nothing happens), change the %1 to %2, that'll probably fix it.

Clicking on it will launch IV in thumbnail mode pointing to the current folder, from there you can open the images with an external application (right click), but it seems to lack the ability to drag-n-drop to other applications :\

Anyway, I'm quite happy with the result, save for the drag-n-drop situation.

Thank you Brink for the tutorial in disabling Windows 7 native thumbnail support, hope this info end up being useful to other people.
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