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How to Get Thumbnail Previews for Photos, Videos and Other Files in Windows 8

windows 8 logo windows 8After you have installed Windows 8 RTM on your computer, one significant change you might notice is that photos and videos don’t show up with thumbnail preview anymore in and just displays the app icon. I have no clue as to how you are taking the change, but if you ask me, I am totally hating it.

Thumbnail preview always makes it easy to look for stuffs in a folder and it’s very necessary to have it in photos and video folders. So let’s see how you can changes few settings in Windows 8 and get back the thumbnail preview mode. There are two ways you can do it in your computer and we will be discussing both of them. You can however choose whichever you like.

Note: Using this trick you will only be able to get thumbnail preview for only those file type that are supported by Windows Operating System by default.

Using Folder Option

Click on the Explorer icon in the Taskbar to open Windows Explorer. It’s not necessary to navigate to the photo or videos app and the trick can be performed anywhere. In Windows Explorer, open the View Ribbon and click on the Option button to open Windows Folder Option.

ribbon options windows 8

In Windows Folder Option, navigate to view app and remove the check from the first item, Always show icons, never thumbnails. Having done that, save the settings and exit Folder Option. After you save the settings you will be able to view thumbnail preview for all the supported Windows files.

folder option windows 8

Using Advance System Properties

Well this was one of the ways of doing the task. In other way, search for Computer in the Start Screen and open Properties. In System select Advance System Properties and click on Settings under performance..

advance system settings windows 8

Here click on the custom option and remove the check against Show thumbnails instead of icons.

performance windows 8


These are the two options available to you to get back the thumbnail preview mode for all the files in Windows 8. I am sure you will love the thumbnails preview over the monotonous and insignificant icon display. What do you think?

Via online-tech-tips

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