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How to Show Thumbnails Preview for Images/Videos File

Thumbnails is a small versions of images or videos, let viewers see a snapshot of your image or video as they're viewing or browsing. If your Picture library shows default icons for images rather then a thumbnail preview of the files, that will make it hard to find the image you are looking for. If you want to show thumbnails instead of icon, read on. This article describes 3 ways to enable thumbnails previews for images and videos files.


Show thumbnails instead of icons

How to Show Thumbnail Preview in Folder Options

Step 1: Open Folder Options in Windows 10.

While in File Explorer, click View tab, then double-click on Options in the ribbon.

Open Folder Options

Step 2: Click View tab, uncheck Always show icons, never Thumbnails box. Then, click Apply.

Show Thumbnails previews

How to Show Thumbnails in Visual Effects Settings

Step 1: Open System Properties in Windows 10.

Press Win+R, type in sysdm.cpl, then hit Enter key on keyboard.

Open System Properties

Step 2: In System Properties window, select Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

Open visual effect settings

Step 3: On Visual Effects tab, check Show thumbnails instead of icons option.

Show thumbnails in visual effects settings

How to Turn on Thumbnails Previews in Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Open Group Policy Editor.

Press Windows key to focus on Search bar, type in gpedit, then, hit Enter key.

Open group policy editor

Step 2: In the left side of Group policy editor, click to expand User ConfigurationAdministrative Templates> Windows Components, then, open File Explorer.

In the right pane, double-click on Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons to edit it.

Display thumbnails

Step 3: To display thumbnails preview, select Disable option.

Enable thumbnails