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Windows 7: Folder contents view on Desktop

23 Dec 2017   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Folder contents view on Desktop


I create a new folder on desktop, right click desktop > left click folder.

It shows new folder as empty yellow folder.

Used to be this way-

When I copy a word doc & a jpeg pic to this empty folder, the folder without opening it will at a glance on desktop, show a small word doc & jpeg is in it, like a tiny preview of whats in folder without clicking folder to open. The right side of folder looks like a bulge with doc & jpeg there.

Something changed-

Now I don't know what I did but if I do the above the folder at a glance on desktop looks like an empty folder (all yellow). When I add a doc & jpeg to it, it still is all yellow, no bulge on right side showing I have files in it.

Where is the setting to make folder show whats in it at a glance without clicking anything on desktop ?


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23 Dec 2017   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Have a look in folder options (type in start menu search) there should be an option always show icons never thumbnails or similar - only thing that comes to mind
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23 Dec 2017   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit, Linux Mint 19.0 Xfce 64-bit

Try the attached .bat file.

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File Type: bat Icon Cache Rebuild.bat (608 Bytes, 0 views)
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24 Dec 2017   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks to all for your input.

I found the fix.

Right click desktop > view> Change from Small icons to MEDIUM icons> reboot :)

Now with Medium selected I can see in the folders general contents without opening it.
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