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Can I View Photo Thumbnails In Windows 7?

Monday, December 14th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography, File & Disk Management
 
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A reader has a question about viewing photos in Windows 7 and Windows 10. “When I had XP and went to view my pictures I had a choice of thumb nails,list,details or tiles.In windows 7 there is only list,details or tiles.Is there anyway to get the thumb nails back. It is a real pain trying to figure out which picture is which. Does windows 10 have thumbnails?”

First let’s look at your photo viewing options in Windows 7. We’ll open File Explorer and go to the Pictures library.

Windows-7-photo-library

In the upper right of the window, you’ll see a photo icon with a drop-down arrow.

Windows-7-photo-icon

Click that arrow and you’ll see several option for viewing pictures.

Windows-7-photo-ichoices

Here’s what it looks like when you choose Extra Large Icons :

windows-7-photo-extra-large-icons

Compare that to the Large Icons view:

windows-7-photo-large-icons

Medium Icons look like this:

windows-7-photo-medium-icons

This is the view for Small Icons.

windows-7-photo-small-icons

And for Tiles:

windows-7-photo-tiles

You can also choose List.

windows-7-photo-list

Or Details.

windows-7-photo-details

And also Content.

windows-7-photo-content

Click the drop-down arrow next to Arrange by to arrange the photos.

windows-7-photo-arrange

In Windows 10, click File Explorer and choose Pictures, and you’ll see a similar view.

explorer-pictures

You’ll find the option to change the view at the top of the window. Select the View tab and you’ll see the same options as in Windows 7.

Windows10-pictures-view-tab

~ Cynthia

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One Response to “Can I View Photo Thumbnails In Windows 7?”

  1. AnneG says:

    I have selected the icon view as explained but I still see only the image depicted like the view for small icons only larger. The actual picture or image does not show.

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