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How to Fix Thumbnails Problems on Windows 10?

If you have thumbnails problems on Windows 10, like appear blank, or just display improperly or any error related to them. Don’t worry it’s easy to fix in minutes.

Thumbnails on Windows 10 are alternative to generic icons for documents, the system creates small pictures of image or document contents called thumbnails.

These Thumbnails are new tiny images windows store them in a special database file called the thumbnail cache. Windows does not have to recreate thumbnail images every time you open a folder.

In case of having a problem with any thumbnail, it’s not a problem at the main folder. it’s likely that the thumbnails stored in the cache for those particular files have been corrupted or are missing.

In this case, you need to clean your thumbnail cache to let windows recreate faulty thumbnails from scratch the next time you restart your device. Let’s see how to do it.

How to Fix Thumbnails Problems on Windows 10?

How to Fix Thumbnails Problems on Windows 10?
How to Fix Thumbnails Problems on Windows 10?
  • To clear the Thumbnail Cache in Windows 10, open the “Start” menu and type “Disk Cleanup.” Click on the “Disk Cleanup” app that appears.

  • Scroll down the “Files To Delete” list and check the box beside “Thumbnails.” (It may already be checked by default. In that case, leave it how it is.) Click “OK” to remove all the selected data from your system.
  • A pop-up dialog box will ask, “Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files?” Click “Delete Files.”

  • Another pop-up will appear, this time showing you the progress of deleting your Windows thumbnails.

After the thumbnail cache files have been deleted, restart your computer.

On the other hand, you can turn thumbnails off completely.

Open the “Start” menu and type “File Explorer Options.” Click on the first result. (You can also launch these options in File Explorer by clicking on View > Options in the menu bar.)

In the file explore window, click on the “View” tab. In the “Advanced Settings” list, put a checkmark beside “Always show icons, never thumbnails.” Then, click “OK.”

That’s all.


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