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Pictures show as icons instead of thumbnails in library.

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  • Iam running windows 7 professional. I am having an issue with pictures showing as icons instead of thumbnails in the library. It have tried the following fixes to no avail:

     

    1.    Open the folder in Windows Explorer and click the down arrow next to Views at the top.  Choose Medium icons and see if the thumbnails start working again.

    2.   On the picture folder, Click on Organize, then Folder and Search Options.  Click the View tab.  Make sure that "Always show icons, never thumbnails" does not have a check mark next to it.

    3.    In control Panel, Click on the System icon. Click on the advanced system settings link. Under Performance, click on the Settings button. In the Visual Effects tab, Check "Show thumbnails instead of icons.”

    4. Run disk cleanup and place a check in front of "Thumbnails."

     

    None of these has made any difference. I have also saved the picture as another file type and changed the name, which did no good either.

      Interestingly, when I restart windows... they reappear for a time. Only to disappear once again... usually within one day.

      I am baffled! Help!

     

    PS.. Loved XP and not liking windows 7 much at all!

     

    Thanks,

    Joy

    Sunday, September 04, 2011 5:54 PM

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  • As Vegan said, there are many different views available in Windows 7.  You can use the following steps to change the view to show pictures.

    1. Open the folder in Explorer.
    2. Right-click any open space in the folder.
    3. Select Customize...
    4. Under the section labeled 'What kind of folder do you want', select Pictures from the drop-down.
    5. Hit OK.

    The folder should now show your pictures.


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    Monday, September 05, 2011 1:22 AM
  • Thanks for #2

    2.   On the picture folder, Click on Organize, then Folder and Search Options.  Click the View tab.  Make sure that "Always show icons, never thumbnails" does not have a check mark next to it.

    All is now well again.

    Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:36 PM