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Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Explorer Thumbnail Previews in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
01 Jun 2009
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How to Enable or Disable Explorer Thumbnail Previews in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable thumbnail previews in Windows Explorer for all or specific users in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Note   Note
Displaying thumbnails in Windows Explorer will require that Windows Photo Viewer is set as the default program with all of it's default associations (except .gif files) set with it as well.

If you disable thumbnail previews, then they will also not display in the preview pane in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Tip   Tip
If there are a lot of thumbnails in a Windows Explorer window, then it can slow down your computer while you wait for the thumbnails to load. If this happens, then disabling thumbnails will speed up how fast a Windows Explorer window will open by displaying only icons instead of thumbnails.

warning   Warning
When thumbnail previews is enabled, you will need to have the icon view size in the Windows Explorer window set to either Medium Icons, Large Icons, or Extra Large Icons to see a thumbnail of the file or folder.


EXAMPLE: Thumbnails Enabled in Windows Explorer
Name:  images.jpg
Views: 379903
Size:  5.8 KBName:  Folder_ON.jpg
Views: 552626
Size:  3.0 KBName:  Image_On.jpg
Views: 552549
Size:  3.4 KB
EXAMPLE: Thumbnails Disabled in Windows Explorer
Name:  Folder_OFF.jpg
Views: 556016
Size:  2.6 KBName:  Image_Off.jpg
Views: 552481
Size:  3.1 KB



OPTION ONE
To Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in Folder Options

NOTE: This option will only enable or disable thumbnails in your account. If this option is not available in Folder Options, then you will need to enable either OPTION THREE or OPTION FOUR below to enable for all users.
1. Open Folder Options in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the View tab. (see screenshot below)
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2. Do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do.

3. To Turn Off Thumbnails
A) Check Always show icons, never thumbnails, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot above)
4. To Turn On Thumbnails
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Uncheck Always show icons, never thumbnails, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 2)



OPTION TWO
To Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in Visual Effects

NOTE: This option will only enable or disable thumbnails in your user account.
1. Open Visual Effects settings in Windows 7 or Windows 8. (see screenshot below)
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2. To Turn Off Thumbnails
A) Uncheck Show thumbnails instead of icons, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot above)
3. To Turn On Thumbnails
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Check Show thumbnails instead of icons, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 1)
NOTE: If this option will not stay checked when you reopen this window, then you will need to enable either OPTION THREE or OPTION FOUR below.



OPTION THREE
To Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews using a REG File
1. To Disable All Users Thumbnails
NOTE: This option will disable thumbnails for all users on the computer and overrides step 3 and 4 below. This is the same as doing OPTION FOUR with Group Policy. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this option.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Disable_Explorer_Thumbnails_All_Users.reg

download
2. To Enable All Users Thumbnails
NOTE: This is the default setting. This option will enable thumbnails for all users on the computer and overrides step 3 and 4 below. This is the same as doing OPTION FOUR with Group Policy. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this option.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Enable_Explorer_Thumbnails_All_Users.reg
download
3. To Disable Only Your Thumbnails
NOTE: This option will disable thumbnails for only the currently logged in user. This is the same as doing OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO above.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Disable_Explorer_Thumbnails_Current_User.reg

download
4. To Enable Only Your Thumbnails
NOTE: This is the default setting. This option will enable thumbnails for only the currently logged in user. This is the same as doing OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO above.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Enable_Explorer_Thumbnails_Current_User.reg
download
5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

9. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION FOUR
To Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in Group Policy

NOTE: You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this option.
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click on the arrow to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8). (see screenshot below)
Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable-group_policy.jpg
3. In the right pane of Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8), double click/tap on Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

5. To Enable Thumbnails
A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 7)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.
6. To Disable Thumbnails
A) Select (dot) Enabled, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 7)
7. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
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8. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.
That's it,
Shawn



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08 Nov 2009   #1
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Any way to disable thumbnail viewing on the Desktop only ???

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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08 Nov 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Not that I know of.
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19 Dec 2009   #3
HulaLady

Windows 7
 
 
Tried Option 3

Tried both with no changes, but now I can't get it back to what it was prior. Can someone help me with the exact registry files so I can get in there and remove both.

Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello HulaLady, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I would be happy to help, but could you give more details on exactly what problem you are having with thumbnails and if you are wanting to enable or disable them?

Also, check the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial to see if that may be the issue for now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2009   #5
HulaLady

Windows 7
 
 

I used to use Thumbnail Handler which automatically showed my Paint Shop Pro tubes (versus just a PSP icon), but have been unsuccessful locating a program that will do this. I found this site and downloaded both and installed both. Nothing worked, so I am wondering if I should delete the registry files that these downloads installed (thus my asking if anyone had the exact file name that I should delete).

If anyone does have a PSP Thumbnail Handler that works with Windows 7 64 bit, for all versions of PSP, I would appreciate hearing back. Thank you Brink for your prompt response.

I spent hours at this site, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge....

Aloha all
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Aloha HulaLady,

I'm sorry, but I do not know of one for Paint Shop Pro files. Hopefully someone may though.


If you wanted to use the default thumbnail handler again for them, then using Windows Photo Gallery as described in the blue NOTE box at the top of the tutorial will restore that for you. The downloads in the tutorial are just default settings, so installing on or the other will either enable or disable thumbnails. No need to do anything with them other than to make sure that you have it enabled again.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Dec 2009   #7
HulaLady

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you Shawn, for now I have the icon feature turned off (default), so I can see what's in my folders. I have ISOs in the PSP community regarding this issue, if I am successful, I will be sure to post back here.

Happy Holidays
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Dec 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Happy Holidays HulaLady. I hope it goes well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2010   #9
KremmenUK

MSDN Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
Any way to disable thumbnail viewing on the Desktop only ???
That's my problem

They work for a second user and in all my sub folders - just not on the desktop.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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