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Windows 7: I want .jpg to show Thumbnails ONLY!

16 Jul 2014   #11

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

I don't know exactly why you need or want to use Explorer to "manage" your image collection. My own feeling is that there are obviously far superior dedicated image-browsing products available (for free and for pay), same as there are better audio and video and multi-media player programs available than MS provides. It's almost always better to use "the right tool for the right job", rather than a "one size fits all" as Explorer tries to be.

Anyway, I've been using ACDSee as my image browser probably since back in 1993. I've come through many versions of course over these decades, but continue to use the old tried-and-true version 4 for my primary image collection browser (about 850,000 images) because it is so fast and lean and does exactly what I need it to do and is not bloated as the newer versions of the product are. The current "standard" product is up to version 17, and the "pro" version line is up to 7.1 (which I actually do have and use occasionally). But for my image browsing and organizing needs, version 4 is perfect. You can open multiple ACDSee program windows, and then drag/drop from one to the other, etc.. You can also drag/drop within one program window, from the thumbnail pane over to the Explorer pane. Lots and lots of additional functionality I could talk about.

The primary presentation (which you can modify) is (1) Explorer tree in upper-left, (2) preview pane in lower-left, and (3) thumbnail pane on right which can show thumbnails, details, or details+thumbs. You can alter the sizes of everything shown, as well as the annotation information that shows in the thumbnail frames. Hovering the mouse over a thumbnail reveals all data. Lots of ways to display, browse, slideshow, etc.

The "pro" version provides lots more tagging and categorizing and light-table functionality, intended for use by photographers, etc., who might take thousands of shots and want to compare them side-by-side on the screen as they narrow down the select to eliminate the chaff and just see the wheat.

Anyway, I'm sure you've considered something other than Explorer, but I can really vouch for ACDSee. The very basic version 4 view looks as follows, but the "pro" version is much more modern and sleek and "dark skin" (which is very trendy lately, a la Photoshop):

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16 Jul 2014   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

They're back . So I am happy, will wait to be sure. The answer I believe was installing Win7codec. I am not sure what happened. But I know I had trouble with some of my video slides, and had to even change a movie from mp4 to avi. I had tried to reinstall the codec before but was getting spyware of adware or virus. So I had to look around for the right one. I got from Codec Guide: K-Lite Codec Pack - For XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 site, I believe, anyway that is the page they sent me to. Well, I will have to get busy on that one website I have promised to do. I really need the money, and I was afraid she would think I was stalling.
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16 Jul 2014   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I didn't see your post, dsperber, sounds like you have quite a display. I am just happy my images are back. I just need to see them when I design. When I program I don't, hence the images, media, documents sub-folders. Those are thumbnails, the rest are details, with 'date modified', 'size'...
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16 Jul 2014   #14

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Thank you for the update "codec"
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 I want .jpg to show Thumbnails ONLY!

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