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Windows 7: How to make cbr and cbz files show thumbnails?

18 Dec 2009   #1

WIndows 7 Ultimate
How to make cbr and cbz files show thumbnails?

I for some reason am not able to get a thumbnail view of any of my .cbr & .cbz files anymore. I had to reinstall Windows 7 a few days ago and now no thumbnails show for my comicbook files. Pdf's show fine once I locate them with Adobe Pro. And usually when I locate them with a certain comicbook reader program they show up as thumbnails even when viewing in windows explorer. But not now. ANyone know how to make cbr and cbz files show thumbnails in windows explorer?

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19 Dec 2009   #2

7 Prof

Do you have many comic books? If not, changing the extensions to rar, then extracting the cover file and naming that file the same as the comic book name will handle it. If you have extensive collections of comics, then you're probably out of luck because this is an on-going issue with comic readers. Many developers are working on this issue and I am myself waiting for them to release updates that would show the cover fix yet as far as I'm aware of, although this is a low priority thing for me so I've not checked on it lately.
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19 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Hi cocktailmunky,

You may find this link useful. Zip Thumbnails (Updated:version someone has written a thumbnail viewer for zip and cbr comics, I'm not sure about cbz. For the 64 bit version there is also an extra driver (towards the bottom of the forum), download it too if you have Win7 64bit.

I have installed it but can't reboot yet because I'm downloading. If I get to reboot before you reply, I'll let you know if it worked for me.
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19 Dec 2009   #4

WIndows 7 Ultimate

Hey thanks for the advice. Yeah I have like over 2,000 comic files so a shell extension or something would be great.
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28 Feb 2010   #5

windows 7

I know this post is old. But just yesterday I found a tool called "cbxshell" and it
should do what you want. Also thumbnails first file (just pictures?) of .rar and .zip files.
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06 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Have either methods been confirmed?
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06 Apr 2011   #7
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FrozenInferno View Post
Have either methods been confirmed?

Have not tried them, but you can get the software here;

CBX Shell

Download CBX Shell 4.6 Free - Windows Explorer thumbnail and infotip extensions for image archives - Softpedia

Regards....Mike Connor
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06 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Just tried it, worked liked a charm. Cheers.
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19 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
just found a new (to me) comic reader

heve only had this installed for 30 minutes but i like it, go to
MaxComic CBR Reader and CBZtoCBR Converter's home page and download maxcomic
give it a try, i have literally over 5,000 digital comics in my collection
let me know what you think, thx
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