Monday, January 04, 2010

Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews Quickly Using Right-Click Menu in Windows Vista and Windows 7

If you had disabled thumbnail previews in Windows Explorer for performance, but want to have a means of enabling or disabling thumbnail previews in a jiffy, here is a solution for you. To enable or disable thumbnail previews in Windows Vista and Windows 7, you normally click on the Organize button in the folder view, choose Folder and Search Options, select the View tab and then select or deselect the Always show icons, never thumbnails.

 note: Of course, one can change the folder view options to Tiles or Details, and apply the setting to other folders. This article is for users who prefer the "icons" view, but want to enable or disable thumbnails quickly without getting into Folder Options.
Here is a REG file and a VBScript that adds a Enable/Disable Thumbnails option to the right-click menu. This script works in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
1. Download and save it to the Desktop.
2. Unzip the archive and extract the contents to a folder.
3. Move the file togglethumbs.vbs to the C:\Windows directory.
4. Double-click togglethumbs.reg to merge the contents to the registry.
The Enable/Disable Thumbnails option is now added to the context menu, which will be seen when you right-click on the Desktop and when right-clicking on an empty area in a folder.


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