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Windows 7: Text Thumbnail Handler or App

06 Feb 2017   #1

Windows 7 x64
Text Thumbnail Handler or App

Hey Guys.. I need anyone's help since am going crazy here.

I can't find a working handler (*.dll) or an App that can activate
Text Thumbnail "Thumbnail NOT preview" in my windows 7 x64 system.

Searched aloooooot.. and nothing.

The following 3 links offers a handler sources,
(Exmp: *..recipe, *.cpp, *.snl, .....etc)
yet Not a single clear explanation regarding how to convert these sources files to *.dll ...!!
.NET Shell Extensions - Shell Thumbnail Handlers - CodeProject
GitHub - csuft/WindowsThumbnail: A sample project to demonstrate COM initialization with IInitializeWithFile interface.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2017   #2

Windows 7 x64

More Info,

There is Directory Opus application which replaces windows explorer
and it has a text-thumbnail plugin.

I don't want to use Directory Opus since I am using clover and happy with it.

I just wonder if there is a way I can at least get Directory Opus's plugin
to work without running the app itself?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2017   #3

Windows 7 HP 64

Not sure if I understand what you want.
Thumbnails are associated with the program that opens the file. If text files are open with Notepad, the Text Thumbnail will be from Notepad.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Feb 2017   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Clover doesn't work with text thumbnails:
Text Thumbnail Handler or App-clover.jpg
Irfanview Thumbnails does work:
Text Thumbnail Handler or App-irfanview-thumbnails.jpg
Irfanview also works:
Text Thumbnail Handler or App-irfanview.jpg
XYPlorer Free also works:
Text Thumbnail Handler or App-xyplorerfree.jpg
It's possibly best to use a third party app instead of trying to add shell extensions to explorer that may induce crashes.

Irfanview and plugins can be found here: IrfanView - Official Homepage - one of the most popular viewers worldwide

There's no need to associate file types.

Currently XYPlorer Free is only a time limited trial version. They have given away fully functional free versions in the past and may do so in future. I use the portable no install version with no time limitation. This version is currently unavailable from the manufacturer.

From the blurb that was included in the version I use:
XYplorerFree may be freely distributed in unmodified form.
So I guess I could upload a copy.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2017   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Another one:
STDU Viewer Free
Text Thumbnail Handler or App-stdu.jpg
Text Thumbnail Handler or App-stduviewer.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2017   #6

Windows 7 x64

Thanks for reply.. I tried both Irfanview & Xyplorer yesterday, neither showed
text thumbnail, although I liked Xyplorer as a file manager..

I will try STDU and get back to you for help if there will be any..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2017   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Hmm. They both show text file thumbnails and previews for me. I just have to figure out why. Let us know if you want the free Xyplorer without an expiry date built in. The way I use it is to launch from the right click context menu.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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