This article teaches you how to display thumbnails of pictures in folders on your Windows 10 computer. While image preview should always be on by default, some versions of Windows 10 may have it unintentionally turned off. You can enable previews in Windows Explorer settings, although you’ll also need to ensure your folder is viewed with a view option that allows thumbnail previews.
To do this, click the Windows Explorer folder-shaped icon at the bottom of the screen or press ⊞ Win + E . If you don’t see the Windows Explorer icon at the bottom of the screen, you can also click Start, enter windows explorer and Click Windows Explorer in the menu at the top.
Using the left column of Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder where you want to enable image preview.
View A toolbar is displayed.
Options It shows a box with a checkmark on it. A pop-up will appear.
This is in the “Files and Folders” section near the bottom of the window. If you don’t see this field, double-click the “Files and Folders” heading to make it appear. If the tick here has already been removed, you may need to fix a corrupt thumbnail cache first.
Apply OK Both options are at the bottom of the window. This will apply your settings and close the window.
To see thumbnails, your folder must display files and folders with a view option that supports it, such as Extra Large Icons. To change the current display setting, proceed as follows: Click on the Display tab. Click one of the following “Layout” options: Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, Tiles, or Content.
Windows 10 keeps a thumbnail cache for all files on your computer. If this cache gets corrupted, the images in your folders may no longer display correctly. If you’ve already tried enabling image previews, clearing the thumbnail cache may fix your problem.
To do this, click on the Windows logo at the bottom left of the screen.
Type in disk cleanup and then click Disk Cleanup when it appears at the top of the Start menu. A pop-up will appear. You may have to click on the Disk Cleanup icon if it appears in the taskbar to open a new pop-up.
You can uncheck all of the other boxes in the main window, but “Thumbnails” must be checked.
Delete Files Disk Cleanup will start deleting the thumbnails on your computer from the cache.
This may take a few minutes, especially if you’ve never deleted your thumbnails before. Once the pop-up disappears, you can continue.
Go to the folder where you want the thumbnails to appear. After a few moments to refresh, your images’ thumbnails should appear.
If the thumbnails are still not showing, you may need to disable the “Always show icons, never thumbnails” settings and make sure your folder is showing in the correct view option.
Most versions of Windows 10 have image preview turned on by default. A corrupt thumbnail cache can have various causes such as a system update or a virus.