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5 Ways to enable Thumbnail preview in Windows 10

5 Ways to enable Thumbnail preview in Windows 10: If you are struggling to view thumbnail previews of pictures then you are at the right place as today we are going discuss 5 different ways to enable Thumbnail preview in Windows 10. Quite a few people have a habit of seeing thumbnail previews before opening any image which obviously saves a lot of time but not many people are aware of how to enable them.

5 Ways to enable Thumbnail preview in Windows 10

It’s quite possible that the thumbnail preview might be disabled by default and you may need to enable it again. so don’t worry if you can’t see the thumbnail preview of your images because it doesn’t mean there is any problem with your Windows. So without wasting any time let’s see how to actually enable Thumbnail preview in Windows 10 with the below-listed methods.

5 Ways to enable Thumbnail preview in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Enable Thumbnail Preview via Folder Options

1.Press Windows Key + E to open File Explorer then click on View > Options.

change folder and search options

2.Now switch to View tab in Folder Options.

3.Search for “Always show icons, never thumbnails” and uncheck it.

uncheck Always show icons, never thumbnails under Folder Options

4.This would enable thumbnail previews but if for some reason it doesn’t work for you then continue to the next method.

Method 2: Enable Thumbnail Preview via Group Policy Editor

If for some reason the above settings are not visible to you or you can’t change it then first enable this feature from Group Policy Editor. For Windows 10 home user’s who don’t have gpedit.msc by default follow the next method to enable Thumbnail preview settings from Registry.

1.Press Windows Key + R then type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) and hit Enter.

gpedit.msc in run

2.From the left-hand side menu, select User Configuration.

3.Under User Configuration expand Administrative Templates > Windows Components.

Under File Explorer find Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons

4.Now select File Explorer and in the right window pane search for “Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons.

5.Double-click on it to change settings and select Not Configured.

Set Turn off the display of thumbnails and only display icons to not configured

6.Click Apply followed by OK and close group policy editor.

7.Now again follow the above method 1, 4, or 5 to change the Thumbnail preview settings.

Method 3: Enable Thumbnail Preview via Registry Editor

1.Press Windows Key + R then type “Regedit” (without quotes) and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit

2.Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

3.Double click on DisableThumbnails and set it’s value to 0.

Set value of DisableThumbnails to 0 in HKEY CURRENT USER

4.If the above DWORD is not found then you need to create it by right-clicking then select New > DWORD (32-bit value).

5.Name the key DisableThumbnails then double click and set it’s value to 0.

6.Now navigate to this registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

7.Find DisableThumbnails DWORD but if you don’t see any such key then right click New >DWORD (32-bit value).

8.Name this key as DisableThumbnails then double-click on it and change it’s value to 0.

Set value of DisableThumbnails to 0

9.Reboot your PC to save changes and then follow method 1, 4, or 5 to enable Thumbnail preview in Windows 10.

Method 4: Enable Thumbnail Preview via Advanced system settings

1.Right-click on This PC or My Computer then select Properties.

This PC properties

2.In properties, window click Advanced system settings in the left-hand side menu.

advanced system settings

3.Now in Advanced tab click Settings under Performance.

advanced system settings

4.Make sure to check mark “Show thumbnails instead of icons” and click Apply followed by OK.

Make sure to check mark Show thumbnails instead of icons

5.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 5: Enable Thumbnail Preview via Registry

1.Press Windows Key + R then type Regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit

2.Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

3.Find the DWORD IconsOnly in the right window pane and double click on it.

Change value of IconsOnly to 1 in order to display Thumbnail

4.Now change it value to 1 in order to display thumbnails.

5.Close everything and reboot your PC.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to enable Thumbnail preview in Windows 10 if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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