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Windows 7: Icons for PDF files in Windows Explorer

19 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Icons for PDF files in Windows Explorer

I'm a bit puzzled as to why I sometimes see a nice icon for a PDF file in Explorer which shows me a miniature first page of my document. This is incredibly useful. Some applications which produce a pdf file seem to do this and others do not. For instance if I use Microsoft Office to create the file I do not get the picture, just the standard PDF twirl symbol which is the same for every file. Other applications like for instance the scanning application provided by Brother with its printers create a file which displays the miniature picture. Can anyone enlighten me as to why this happens and is there anything I can do to my Office created files to have the miniature picture shown in Explorer?

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24 Nov 2013   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

It is a x64 dll issue if you are using Adobe Reader. This fix usually works if that is the case.

Fixes for 64-bit Adobe Reader preview handler and thumbnails

A Guy
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26 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks, yes that seems to address it, but do you have any idea why it only seemed to affect some of my PDF files - I could see the icon for some PDF files but not others!
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