What happened to Windows Explorer thumbnails in Win 7?

By emartin ·
More specifically, what happened to thumbnail icons for PDF files?

I used to browse my PDF collection (pretty large by now), while in Thumbnail mode, looking for duplicates by just looking at the graphic of each PDF. Now, after searching through all the views available, no PDF files display a thumbnail.

I know about the Preview Pane that I can use to view a single file, doesn?t help in this case.

Seen lots of posts about 64bit Win 7 causing this, where the user has to use the correct version of Explorer but nothing on the 32bit side.

I had previously installed Foxit Reader 3.1, after Adobe 9.x, and set it to the default program to open PDFs. Found out since then that this feature is not available in Foxit, so I changed back to Adobe. It didn?t help.

Is the problem with Adobe or with Microsoft?

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Change it within Control Panel ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What happened to Windows ...

Select the 'Folder Options' and then the View [TAB].

The very first option is 'Always show icons, never thumbnails'. - It's checked by default.

Now, I'm not a fan of Adobe and utterly detest Windows Explorer, so I'm just guessing here that this might just do what you want.

You might care to untick the 3rd option also:
'Display file icons on thumbnails'. :)

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