Aug 11, 2008

Windows Vista Quick Tip: Turning on/off Thumbnails

As I posted last week some time, I recently upgraded my entire home network to a Windows 2008 domain, which includes Windows Vista Clients.

Well, my wife got to playing with her desktop for the first time last week, and one of the things she noticed was that when she went to view her photos in her pictures directory, that there weren't any thumbnails for her to preview the images. Me being her free tech support (I think that is why she still puts up with me) she asked me to fix it.

There are two ways to get the thumbnails back. The first way, you do the following within the folder you meant to view thumbnails in:

  1. Click on Organize > Folder and Search Options

  2. Click the View Tab
  3. Uncheck the "Always show icons, never thumbnails" option

  4. Click Apply, then OK.
The other option is to:

  1. Click Start > Contol Panel
  2. In classic view, click on Folder Options
  3. Click the View Tab
  4. Uncheck the "Always show icons, never thumbnails" option
  5. Click Apply, then OK.

You guessed it, the second option is basically the same as the first. To turn the thumbnails off, you just check the box instead of uncheck it. Do you have any other cool, quick Vista tips you want to share? Hit my up in the comments.

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