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Thumbnail Size in folders
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 1 | Rating:
Thumbnail Size in folders

The thumbnail view in windows explorer gives you easy access to a portfolio of images, but the default image size may not be to your liking. To control the thumbnail dimensions, go to

 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.

Make a new DWORD value named ThumbnailSize. Double click the value and type in a number in decimal anywhere from 32 to 256. Making it smaller will display many more images on the screen for quicker perusual. Its an immediate change by the way, so keep regedit open and mess around...

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have changed the registry before, but I need more details. How do I make a new value? - Terry@Matson.info Thanks!
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by Terry)
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    I figured it out! Thanks!
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It answered my question.
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    got it working! but ignored the bit HKCU and used HKEY as HKCU didn't exist on my machine or any I've worked on.
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by J Young)
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    FYI HKCU means HKEY_CURRENT_USER which should definitely exist on all machines.
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Does not do anything on my explorer... my thumbnails get messed up somehow at times and explorer ignores the command. i try extracting thumbvw.dll and pasting it into windows ans windows system but now they're really big. This task does not change that.
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Quick, effective!
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    perfect
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works. It would be better if the author spelled out HKCU. Took me 5 or 6 seconds to realize what it is exactly.
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    worked great. value at 100 is the max size for thumb image...
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work.
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have done it , wonderful , thanks . deyamag@gawab.com not activated because I can't login gawab.com & hotmail.com
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because it jut works, and it remark the use of the DWORD data type. Much of other tutorials doesn't.
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked just as described.
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I'm looking at the Registry, Explorer but have no idea how to "Make a new DWORD value named ThumbnailSize
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Assumes far too much knowledge. I can edit registry settigns but not with this littel information.
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks so much for this fix. My window thumbnails are back to the right size. Catherine
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    'thumbsize' is there, just 'modify' the decimal setting [ left click - modify ] default is 60 but try 70 - 80 etc. Leave Regedit open [ but iconised ]and take a peek with my computer. Still not right ?, close my computer and do again.
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Easyto follow and worked! Ta.
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work at all
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by nate)
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    Comment on max size 100. this is the hexadecimal equivalent of decimal 256. There's a checkbox on the "Edit DWORD Value" pop-up to choose either base.
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This fix worked straight away. Would have been nice if Microsoft included this option instead of having to fish through the reg. Thank you for sharing this
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by Avi)
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    you make my day
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by Arthur W)
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    Now the question is, how to set the Maximum thumbnailsize? will love to have over 256.
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Not Immediate, must close and reopen explorer
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by Fedor)
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    It`s working
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by DJ)
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    Thanks, exactly what I was searching for. Instructions fine for someone with moderate experience, I worked out what needed to be done in a few seconds, could have been spelt out better for novices.
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it didn't work
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Complete and concise!!! I wonder if all instructions on the web were like this one...
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Allright, for ppl already knowing how to make a reg: Having [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer] "ThumbnailSize"=dword:00100000 in a file and [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer] "ThumbnailSize"=dword:000000100 in another makes you switch fast btw big and small!
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It does not either tell you HOW to make a DWORD value (or even what that is) or where to go to findout how to make a DWORD value.
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by Dan Russell)
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    This method works very well. To see the results, close Windows Explorer and re-open it. Don't use refresh, it won't show the change.
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wrong answer
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very clear because I knew what HKCU meant. would every body?
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks for posting it, but.... we definitely need to be able to resize the images in Windows Explorer, but this explanation is too terse for normal people, clearly aimed only at skilled geeks. If they are the only intended audience, this deserves a higher rating than I gave it.
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    HKCU, needs to be clarified, and steps to open registry, and create dword needed.
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesnt work
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works!
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by Allen)
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    Less experienced users: click start in bottom left (menu) Choose RUN type REGEDIT you should have 5 catagories on the left side you may hit the [little -] signs to close open menu items FIND HKEY_CURRENT_USER Open It (CLICK THE [little +] or double click the word) FIND Software -Open It FIND Microsoft -Open It FIND Windows -Open It FIND CurrentVersion -Open It FIND Explorer. **(Right Click.. choose NEW... DWORD Value...[a highlighted box appears in the right pane...] type "ThumbnailSize" (without the quotes)...press Enter... Now Double click ThumbnailSize... Choose Binary and type your value... 32-256. 32 in real tiny... 256 is real big.... 100ish is almost default NOTE: remeber to choose DECIMAL before changing the number value. HOPE THIS HELPS A FEW OF YOU...
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    does not work
     
  • Comment #41 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This told me exactly what I was looking for.
     
  • Comment #42 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent tip! Thank you!
     
  • Comment #43 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Concise, clear answer.
     
  • Comment #44 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great option that should have been built into XP as an adjustable option from menu.
     
  • Comment #45 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    brilliant
     
  • Comment #46 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good one. found this very useful.
     
  • Comment #47 (Posted by Craig)
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    Thanks Allen.
     
  • Comment #48 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I liked the tweak but it did nor seem to be an immediate change as the author claimed...
     
  • Comment #49 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #39 is a good help for those struggling with technology !
     
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