How To Turn On/Off Thumbnail View in Windows 7 Folders

Working with images is an almost daily job for me and many others. It certainly helps if you can see what image files look like before you even open them. It’s also easier to scan long lists of images if you can see a thumbnail preview of each file in the list.

Here’s what I like to see:


Windows 7 typically has a thumbnail view of images turned on by default. You’ll may see this if you open up a folder of images. However, if you’ve played with Windows settings occasionally, the thumbnail previews can get turned off by accident. This happened to me recently and I’ve had to learn how to quickly return the thumbnails to Windows Explorer.

Here’s how to turn on or turn off the image thumbnails:

(Windows 7 and Windows Vista)

•  Open up a folder or double click Computeron your desktop.

• Click the Organizemenu to pull it down. Then select the Folder and search optionsentry.


• Click on the Viewtab to open up those options.


•  Either check or uncheck the Always show icons, never thumbnailsoption.

That’s all there is to it.

If you have any ideas or questions you’d like to share, be sure to add a comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Sathvik Venkatesh

    an awesome teaching.

  • Sathvik Venkatesh

    thnxx a lot!

  • Phil Goetz

    Thank you so much!

  • tanvir

    Thanx for your helpful support

  • Jeremy

    In XP Windows Explorer, it was possible to just type Alt, v (for view), and h, to switch the active folder to thumbnail view, and Alt, v, d, to switch back to detail view. Do you know of any 1-second way to do the same thing in Windows 7? Thanks very much,

  • Ma Lourdes Javier

    it can’t be help … no pictures on my thumbnails at all

  • Ma Lourdes Javier

    even i tried this method he can’t appeared the pictures you need to click to see it >.<

  • Ma Lourdes Javier

    what will i do or to download ???