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Turn off Thumbs.db
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 1 | Unrated
Turn off Thumbs.db

Thumbs.db is a file which is created in a folder with Movies or Pictures so that you can view a piece of their content without actualy opening them (you can't see thumbnails unless you have the option to view system files turned on). Thumbs.db is there so that you don't need to reload a thumbnail everytime you browse that folder. Sad fact is, is Thumbs.db takes up about 2kb per file and if you edit a lot of stuff its annoying to keep seeing them popping up all over your computer. You can remove thumbs.db quite easily by following these steps:

1. Go to Run in the startmenu
2. Type gpedit.msc
3. Click OK and the Group Policy will open
4. Go to User Configuration/Administrative Template/Windows Components/Windows Explorer
5. Scroll down to the bottom of the long list of stuff that now shows up in the menu on the right. Double-Click on Turn off caching of thumbnail pictures.
6. Click on Enable then Apply, Ok. And now you no longer have this annoying problem.

 

Note:

Alternatively or if you use XP Home you can make this change in Control Panel > Folder Options > View > "Do not cache thumbnails"

Disabling thumbnail caching will considerably slow down opening folders in thumbnail view. So if you use thumbnail view a lot, think about it.

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    didnt work
     
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    It worked.
     
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    I only found 2 thumbs.db after searching the drives. So i think it works.
     
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    very nice, thank u for the info
     
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    It was simple, clear, and it worked. Thank you.
     
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    Well explained and best solution
     
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    Thanks :)
     
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    it worked.......:)
     
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    OMG thanks! its really works goog job
     
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    I could follow everything, but when I got to the Windows Components folder, there was only Searh, not Windows Explorer. So this didn't help me. I am using XP Professional. Thanks
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by David McAllister)
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    User - Comment #23. Turning off hidden works unless you want to see hidden files, like I do. Turning off hidden files only hides the problem, it doesn't correct it.
     
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    it worked out in a way you said. ThankYou
     
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    Thanks for the help. Worked
     
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    just what I needed
     
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    A clear explanation is always appreciated
     
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    thnks so much..it worked..
     
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    Clear, concise and easy to follow
     
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    hi thanks
     
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    it worked like magic
     
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    damn didnt work any optional?
     
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    thank you so much
     
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    Very Very Easy To read.Thank You
     
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    Thanks for the info.
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    For Windows XP Professional, just go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View (tab)> check off "Do not cache thumbnails.
     
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    thnx
     
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    This article was fabulous...simple,clear and it worked to solve my problem...Thank You.
     
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    This is the correct procedure: 1. Control Panel 2. Folder Options 3. View. 4. Click on "Hide protected files of windows" (Recomended) 5. Apply and accept. 6. Enjoy your PC
     
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    if works...
     
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    Doesn´t work ro.rica@hotmail.com
     
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    ok.good
     
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    awwww its not work LOL
     
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    I love this, it works on xp thx mate
     
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    Sounds very great, yet to check performance. Reliability thank anyway.
     
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    The article is indeed very well written, but "Turn off caching of thumbnail pictures" is not there!! Is it because the OS is 2000 Server?
     
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    Brilliant!
     
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    Greatest of the world!
     
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    thanks
     
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    it dint work
     
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    excellent... i worked immediately
     
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    Good
     
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    Good solution it works
     
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    quick, to the point and well explained.
     
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    its working thank U
     
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    not true... cpu's are fast enough these days that caching thumbnails is uncessary unless you have 500+ images per folder
     
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    i have done but not mentioned that how i can remove existing thumb.db files
     
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    good.......thanks for info
     
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    its very useful to me
     
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    TQ
     
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    It deepens a user's knowledge of unfamiliar parts of windows XP such as group polices.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    very helpful
     
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    does not work
     
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