Restore Photo Thumbnails in Windows 10

This is a guide on how to restore photo thumbnails in Windows 10.

Ever since I have installed Windows 10 on my primary devices there has been one minor annoyance that’s been driving me crazy. When I went into my “Pictures” folder instead of seeing the photo thumbnails I loved all so much I saw a bunch of icons like you see to the left.

If you’re like me then when you import pictures from your phone, camera or quad copter you rarely label them in the process. This wasn’t that big of an issue in the past since I could preview the pictures without actually having to open them.

Of course this was just a minor annoyance and I put it off until today. I decided that it was finally time to figure out how I could restore the photo thumbnails. It turns out that it’s relatively easy. If you want to restore yours then just do the following.

Open up Windows Explorer by clicking on this icon in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen:

Explorer Icon

When Windows Explorer opens up click on the “View” tab at the very top of the window. Then click on “Options” on the right to extend a drop down menu. Then click on “Change folder and search options”. That will open this window:

Folder Options

Click in the box next to “Always show icons, never thumbnails” to remove the check mark and then click “OK”.

After you have completed this process your computer should again show photo thumbnails. This makes it so much easier to quickly find the pictures you are looking for.

I kind of  wonder why Microsoft didn’t just make this the default option  like they have in the past. Maybe it has something to do with system performance… or maybe it’s some programmers practical joke… The world may never know.

Now that you have those photo thumbnails back check out the article below if you’re interested in learning how to change the size of them.

Technipages – Change Image Thumbnail Size



ZACH TOMLIN IS THE OWNER OF TOMLIN TECHNOLOGY. TOMLIN TECHNOLOGY IS AN IT SUPPORT COMPANY LOCATED IN WESTMINSTER, MARYLAND. PHOTO THUMBNAILS: HOW TO RESTORE THEM IN WINDOWS 10

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14 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this. have been trying everything and this was so simple. Thanks again.
    Kind Regards
    Ted

    Ted
    • Hey Ted, You are welcome. I felt the same way. It was definitely an annoyance. Glad I could help.

      Zach

      Zach Tomlin
  2. Thanks, Zach, as Ted remarked, so easy!

    Weejock
  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It might have been a minor annoyance to you, but it was making me crazy. Thanks again!

    Maria
    • You’re very welcome, it’s great to see our blog helping people!

      Matt Dotterer
  4. Thanks so much! You just helped me figure this out in under a minute!

    Val
  5. Thank you so much. My thumbnails were there then an update and they were gone! Like others before have posted, I have tried everything. I am a former tech and like I have always stated, it’s not the hardware that’s that much different it’s the software running the hardware. This is a prime example and proof of what I have been stating since 94 when the first PC really started flooding the market. WOW 286’s anyone remember them?
    Anyway, thank you so much for this tid-bit.

    Janette Buchanan
    • You’re very welcome. It was cool to see that you are a former tech!

      Matt Dotterer
  6. Thank you so much for the clear, concise answer to my issue. keep up the good work.

    Ruth Hall
  7. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, I can now see thumbnail pictures instead of icons. Makes it so much easier to pick the photos to post to fb. I’d better bookmark this site for future use.

    Anne
    • You’re quite welcome, I can certainly understand how seeing thumbnail pictures can make it easier to post to Facebook! Thank you also for bookmarking our site. We plan to create more useful blog posts in the future for ideas that we think can help people!

      Matt Dotterer

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