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Always Show Thumbnails

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management

Chris from South Carolina writes:

Is there any way to make closed files that I constantly reuse open always with thumbnails of the photos they contain? I know how to go to the properties and make this choice but it never seems to stick. How to I make this change for ALL FILES throughout my computer? Tied to this, I always have to resize the file every time I open it (like when I open a file of photos to pick the photos of items to sell on Ebay for example). In Windows 7, how to I make all folders open large, all the time?

Hello Chris!

To make files automatically show thumbnails, you have to change a setting in the Control Panel. The easiest way to get to the control panel is simply to type Control Panel in the search bar on the start menu. Once there, click on Appearance and Personalization.


Then, click on Folder options.


Under folder options, click the View tab at the top.

Finally, make sure to uncheck the square that says “Always show icons, never thumbnails” and you should see the thumbnails when you load up all your folders.


For the second part of the question, if I’m understanding you correctly, you would like to keep your windows the same size. When you close a window, the next window will open to that size. However, it does follow the last window you close. So if you have a small window, and a window that is maximized, if you close the small window first, then the maximized window, the next window you open would be maximized. Likewise, if you close the maximized window first, then the smaller window, your windows will be the size of the small window next time you open one.

~ Audra


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2 Responses to “Always Show Thumbnails”

  1. Vijay says:

    Hi Audra,
    it seems Chris’ question is about something more particular than the Windows Explorer view of in subfolders; it seems Chris’ question is rather about an application’s (maybe a Microsoft Office application like MS Word or maybe WinZip or etc) file he opens that has a bunch of embedded picture files…which he would rather view as a series of thumbnails in the file? rather than the inserted full picture?

    And to reduce Chris’ frustration with the file application window size, may the following suggestion give him more control: hold the Ctrl button as he closes the application window?

    hope this helps give better context!

  2. Suresh says:

    I was having the same problem and did not know to to set it right. Now I do. Thank you very much!

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