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    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10
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    How to Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10

    information   Information
    File Explorer can display thumbnail images or icons for files and folders in Windows 10.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable thumbnail previews in File Explorer for your account, all users, or specific users in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Thumbnail previews will only show when turned on and you have a medium icons, large icons, or extra large icons folder view layout selected.

    If thumbnail previews is turned off or disabled, it will also disable previews of files in the preview pane.

    If you choose a file to show as a folder picture, this folder will no longer show a thumbnail preview of its content until you restore the default folder pictures.

    If you change the icon of a folder, this folder will no longer show a folder picture or thumbnail preview.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer Options
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Thumbnail Previews in Visual Effects Settings
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Thumbnail Previews using a BAT file
    • Option Four: To Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in Group Policy
    • Option Five: To Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Thumbnail Previews Enabled and Disabled in File Explorer
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    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer Options

    Note   Note
    This option will only affect your user account, and does the same as Option Two and Option Three.

    Option Four and Option Five will override this option.


    1. Open File Explorer Options.

    2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)


     3. To Turn On Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the View tab, uncheck Always show icons, never thumbnails, check Display file icon on thumbnails, and click/tap on OK.


     4. To Turn Off Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer

    A) Click/tap on the View tab, check Always show icons, never thumbnails, and click/tap on OK.

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    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Thumbnail Previews in Visual Effects Settings

    Note   Note
    This option will only affect your user account, and does the same as Option One and Option Three.

    Option Four and Option Five will override this option.


    1. Open Visual Effects settings.

    2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)


     3. To Turn On Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Check Show thumbnails instead of icons, and click/tap on OK.


     4. To Turn Off Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer

    A) Uncheck Show thumbnails instead of icons, and click/tap on OK.

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    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Thumbnail Previews using a BAT file

    Note   Note
    This option will only affect your user account, and does the same as Option One and Option Two.

    Option Four and Option Five will override this option.


    The .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    IconsOnly DWORD

    0 = Off - show icons
    1 = On - show thumbnails


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_on_thumbnail_previews_in_explorer.bat

    download


     3. To Turn Off Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_off_thumbnail_previews_in_explorer.bat

    download

    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    5. Unblock the .bat file.

    6. Run the .bat file.

    7. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.






    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in Group Policy

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    This option will affect all users or specified users, and does the same as Option Five below.

    This option will override what users have set in Option One, Option Two, or Option Three above.

    This option is not available in the Windows 10 Home edition since the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions. All editions can use Option Four below.


    1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on the arrow to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and open File Explorer. (see screenshot below)

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    3. In the right pane of the File Explorer policy, double click/tap on Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)


     5. To Enable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

    B) Users will now be able to turn on/off thumbnail previews using Option One, Option Two, or Option Three above.


     6. To Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews using a REG file

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    This option does the same as Option Four above, but only is applied to the current user.

    This option will override what you have set in Option One, Option Two, or Option Three above.


    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD values in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    DisableThumbnails DWORD

    0 or delete = enable
    1 = disable


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer for All Users

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Thumbnails_for_All_Users.reg

    download

     3. To Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Thumbnails_for_All_Users.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    9. If enabled, users will now be able to turn on/off thumbnail previews using Option One, Option Two, or Option Three above.





    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    22 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Ohio
    Posts : 464
    Windows 10.0.16299.19 (1709) Home 64-bit

    I'm not sure whether to post here or someplace else, because I'm not sure whether the issue is with W10 and this tutorial, or with my specific installation of W10. In Option Four, Step 1, I followed the link to the W7 tutorial, but I got stymied at Step 1. My Run dialog can't find gpedit.msc, and in File Explorer, I found that it's not in the specified folder. A search found identical copies of it in two other folders:
    C:\Windows\WinSxS\x86_microsoft-windows-g..it-snapin.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.10586.0_en-us_db46a97ac24ebffb
    C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-g..it-snapin.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.10586.0_en-us_376544fe7aac3131
    Anyway, I'm just wondering what the next step to deal with the situation would be.
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  2.    22 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,748
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
    Thread Starter

    Hello Greg,

    If you have Windows 10 Home edition installed, then you will not have the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) available. It's only available in Pro and Enterprise editions.

    If you like, you can use OPTION FIVE instead to apply the group policy.
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  3.    22 Dec 2015 #3
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Ohio
    Posts : 464
    Windows 10.0.16299.19 (1709) Home 64-bit

    Thanks. Since I have the Home edition, I guess everything's normal; at least regarding this issue.
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  4.    22 Dec 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    Thread Starter

    You're most welcome. Yep, that would be normal.
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  5.    24 Feb 2016 #5
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    windows 10Pro x64

    Thanks! Option three wooorks!!!
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  6.    24 Feb 2016 #6
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    I'm glad it could help Gelashvili.
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  7.    06 Mar 2016 #7
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 16
    windows 10Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I'm glad it could help Gelashvili.
    Hi,I said that the third method worked for me,but unfortunately not for all extensions.For example,mpeg and avi files won't show thumbnails.So...
    Heeelllp!!!
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  8.    06 Mar 2016 #8
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,748
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
    Thread Starter

    Hello Gelashvili,

    I'm sorry to hear that. If you like, download and merge the .reg files of your affected file types (ex: mpeg and avi) listed in the table of OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to see if it may help. It'll restore the default associations of these file types.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  9.    14 Mar 2016 #9
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Goodday, I want to ask if any of you knows how to just shows the thumbnail of files e.g. photos and videos but not the folders. I mean folders, generally, stay as icon only, no preview of whats in it. Thank you guys in advance!
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