[Solved] Fix Cannot See Video, Pictures Thumbnail Preview In Windows Explorer

Many of our readers who use different versions of windows have faced this problem, when they are not able to see thumbnail preview of images in windows. This error is faced by almost every windows user sometime or the other. This problem could happen due to windows desktop update go corrupt and does not load images thumbnail preview instead show the icons of images even in big size in windows explorer.

Cannot See Thumnail Preview Of Images In Windows Explorer

For some users they can’t see some images preview for images with certain extensions or some times they cant see thumbnail preview loading some some JPG or JPEG images only which they captured from their camera and then transferred the same to their PC.

There are many ways to fix this problem in any version of windows, all the methods below works in all the versions of windows from windows xp, vista, windows 7 and windows 8 as well.

Change The Icons Size To See Thumbnail Preview Of Images

By default based on the way you view the files, you may not be able to see images thumbnail preview in windows in certain folders event if this feature is working fine in windows. As by default My Picture in windows is set to show images in large icon size so that you can easily see the thumbnail preview.

Follow the step by step guide for this in windows explorer after opening the folder of images for which you can see the images.

  1. Open the folder you want to change.
  2. Click the arrow next to Views on the toolbar.
  3. Move the slider up or down to change the appearance of the icons

Increase Icon Size To See Thumbnail Preview

The slider has seven rest positions: Tiles, Details, List, Small Icons, Medium Icons, Large Icons, and Extra Large Icons. You can move the slider to any of these positions, or fine-tune the size of the icons by moving the slider to any point between these positions.

Enable Visual Settings To See Thumbnail Preview Of Photos

Follow the procedure below to enable visual settings because of which you may not be see thumbnail of images in folder.

1. Open Control Panel and switch to classic view

2. Click on the System icon.

3. Click on the Advanced system settings link in the left pane

4. Under Performance, click on the Settings button.

In the Visual Effects tab, Check  the setting “Show thumbnails instead of icons” as shown in the image below.

Show Thumnails Instead Of Icons

Please Note: If by any chance you are facing this problem in windows xp, then click on “Restore Thumbnail Views in XP” to download a fix which is an .exe file on this page. Save it to your hard drive and double click it to run it. You will find it under 17th Column right side or download the file from this direct link.

Another way to make sure you have this issue fixed in windows, is open windows explorer and click Alt To shown File menu and then go to folder options as shown in the image below.

Folder Options Widnows

Check out the view tab in folder options and make sure you have the setting Always show icons, never thumbnails” should be unchecked as shown in the image below.

show thumnails always

In case you can’t get it solved by following any of the methods above, then you may try to clear the thumbnail cache in windows to see if that fix the same for you.

Another Way To Enable Thumbnail View In Windows Explorer

To enable the Thumbnail view for a folder in Windows Explorer:

  1. If you have not already done so, install the Windows Desktop Update component. For more information about how to install the Windows Desktop Update component, read how to How to add or remove Windows Desktop Update
  2. Right-click the folder for which you want to enable the Thumbnail view, and then click Properties.
  3. Click to select the Enable Thumbnail View check box, and then click OK.

To view the contents of a folder by using the Thumbnail view, open the folder for which the Thumbnail view is enabled, and then click Thumbnails on the Viewmenu. The image files in the folder are displayed as miniature versions of the actual images in the right pane. The following file types can be displayed by using the Thumbnail view:

  • .bmp (Windows Bitmap files)
  • .gif (Graphics Interchange Format files)
  • .jpg, .jpeg (Joint Photographic Experts Group files)
  • .htm, .html (Hypertext Markup Language files)

Other file types may be displayed by using the Thumbnail view. Files that cannot be displayed by using the Thumbnail view are displayed with their default icons.

Cant See Image Thumbnail Preview For Images With Certain Extensions

One great software is SageThimbs which is an open source free software, It is actually a Windows Explorer context menu extension, there is no an executable file that you should launch to bring it up. To use it, just open any folder with image files in Windows Explorer, and then right-click a file you want to preview. You’ll see the thumbnail immediately in the context menu. Easily preview almost any image format using this powerful shell extension.

Just in case you want to see the image preview of photoshop images with .PSP extension then you can try “PSP Thumbnail Handler” developed by Bot Productions. This utility will restore the thumbnail preview function for Paint Shop Pro .psp images in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and other versions suffering from this problem.

At last if nothing works, you can install another third party tool called Media Preview which comes with a configuration tool, to allow you to speed up thumbnail generation if you still find it slow. Some functionalities of the tool are currently disabled and should be implemented in the next version.

Check Windows Registry For Thumbnail Preview Problem

1. Open Start menu >> run and type regedit

2. It will open registry

3. Verify that the following registry entries exist for the type of file that you are trying to preview:

Registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\file type\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}
Value: (Default)=”{7376D660-C583-11d0-A3A5-00C04FD706EC}”


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