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Windows 7: Customizing Folders

14 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
Customizing Folders

First of all, I'm not sure I'm in the right section of the forum. (I guess someone will move it if it's in the wrong place).

My problem is this ... I have a number of reference books on my computer in .pdf format.

When I had the same books on my XP system and I would go to the folder and set the 'view' to Medium Icons or Large Icons and be able to view the cover of each book or magazine (making it easy to see if it's the book I want or not without having to open it).

Now I am using Win7 and don't get me wrong, I love it ... it works well, but ... when I go to the folder, no matter what 'view' I set it on, I am unable to see the book covers etc...

does anyone know if this is fixable or have any idea on how I can make this happen?



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14 Aug 2010   #2
Lasy B

Windows 7 x64

First Off, Welcome.

If you are running 64 bit (and I suspect you are) there's no "official support" from Adobe.

A third party option which will display .pdf as well as many other non native images as thumbnails is Mystic Thumbs which (sadly) costs $15 but is worth every cent.
I did have another work-around to show just pdf files as thumbnails. I'll see if I can find it for you.
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14 Aug 2010   #3
Lasy B

Windows 7 x64

OK. This one's free, Adobe Reader Pre-view Viewer and Thumbnails Fix.
I've used this one before but cannot confirm it works any longer as Adobe Reader is a thing of the past on this PC! Improves 32bit thumbnail view as well apparently.
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14 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7

I can't seem to get either one of those to work ....... argh! Thanks for your help!
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14 Aug 2010   #5
Lasy B

Windows 7 x64

You do have to "activate" the free download. They also suggest (with the free one) to re-install Adobe Reader so that it recognizes the .dll files you've just installed.

One final thought, have you cleared your IconCache and Thumbnail Cache?
I'd try these first before re-installing Adobe Reader.

GoTo > C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local, and delete the IconCache.db file.

Then GoTo > Start > My computer > right click C: or your System Hard Disc Drive, select Properties, select Disk Cleanup. When its done its search, make sure to tick Thumbnails. Run the Cleanup.

Finally Re-start your PC.
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14 Aug 2010   #6
Lasy B

Windows 7 x64

I hope I've got this right.
You want to view your books not like this:- But like this:-
Customizing Folders-pdf.pngCustomizing Folders-spike.png

*My other book option was The Joy of Train Spotting!

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14 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7

yes, this is totally correct ... FINALLY someone actually gets it.

I don't see how to activate the free download ...
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14 Aug 2010   #8
Lasy B

Windows 7 x64

It (Adobe Reader Pre-view Viewer and Thumbnails Fix) creates a shortcut in your start menu in a folder called (funnily enough!) Adobe Reader 64-bit fixes!! :)
This will give you one or two options.

There are two more things to try I can think of.

Have you got Show thumbnails instead of icons ticked in Performance Options?
GoTo > Start > right click My Computer, click on Properties, click on Advanced system settings, in the Performance box click on Settings, Show thumbnails instead of icons is about the 12th one down.

Then open any Explorer Window, in the toolbar click on Tools > Folder options..., under the View tab make sure that Always show icons, never thumbnails is un-checked.

Delete your IconCache and Thumbnails cache again as above and re-start.

As I say, I'm no longer in the position of verifying this as I no longer use Adobe Reader. I just know they did when I had Reader. I bought the Mystic Thumbs one in the end because I run Photoshop and Illustrator and they have the same display issues.

My only other suggestion if none of this works (and I'll be sorry I couldn't help you) would be to start another thread in General Discussions and call it something like "Viewing PDF files as a Thumbnail image" and post a picture of what you mean, like above (use them if you like!!) or link to this thread.

One thing I would implore you to do though (you'll only get nagged if you don't !!) is specify whether you are running 32-bit or 64-bit in your "My System Specs".
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

If you are not comfortable using fixes for Adobe, PDF X-Change viewer is an alternative to Adobe Reader.

Little light and supports Windows Explorer thumbnails in x64.

Tracker Software Products :: PDF-XChange Viewer, Free PDF Reader
It has a free version (reader Only) and a paid version that offers many more options.

It can also be used to generate PDF thumbs in x64 for those who simply prefer Adobe.

You have a couple options.

1) Install it and use as your default PDF viewer for all PDFs including web pages.

2) If you prefer to use Adobe as the default reader:
You can install PDF X-change and use it to generate Thumbs. Then right click the PDF file and choose "choose default program" and change the default back to Adobe Reader.
You will now have PDF thumbs, and Adobe will be the deafualt reader for them.

The downside is you'll have to do this every time you get a new PDF. Make default PDF X-change, then back to Adobe once thumbs are made.

Ideal Solution? Probably not. but it works.

Also, If you do not enable the option to use it in web pages, Adobe will still handle PDF files in I/E, Firefox.

Your choice.
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14 Aug 2010   #10
Lasy B

Windows 7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
If you are not comfortable using fixes for Adobe, PDF X-Change viewer is an alternative to Adobe Reader.
Good tip Dude! I didn't know but I'll remember that (And I'm using PDF X-Change!!).
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