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Published on 02.10.09 by Brent Trahan

Show Thumbnails

Learn how to set Windows 7 to show thumbnails instead of icons.

Show Thumbnails

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Folder Options from the Control Panel.


    Note: If Folder Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select the View tab in the Folder Options window.


  4. Uncheck Always show icons, never thumbnails in the Advanced settings section of the View tab.


  5. Click OK to save the changes.

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  1. nizel says:

    HI Brent Trahan
    Thanks for this tip, it was annoying me that i coulnt pick up the correct pictures for the technical manuals I am writing. thank you very much

  2. Starling says:

    Thank you. Thank you.

  3. Kevin says:

    I followed the instructions to show PDF’s as thumbnails, but it didn’t work. Do you have any other suggestions? (I’m using Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1.) Thanks.

  4. Richard says:

    I wanted it to show thumbnail previews of website shortcuts, but it doesn’t show them. Anything else I can do?

  5. plumber says:

    I have to say that for the past couple of hours i have been hooked by the impressive articles on this site. Keep up the wonderful work.

  6. Kevin Babbey says:

    Thanks, but PDF’s still don’t display as thumbnails. Thumbnails is not even listed as an option in in the “View” tab.

    Does it have something to do with my version of Windows 7 being a 64-bit instead of a 32-bit?


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