How to Fix Thumbnail Preview Not Showing in Windows?

Thumbnail Preview Not Showing

This is a quite seen issue in Windows 7, 8 or in Windows 10 and Windows 11, where users can’t see thumbnail previews while viewing images, pictures or photos on their Windows. In simple language i would say, thumbnail preview not showing in Windows PC.

This generally happens due to changes in settings in Windows Folder Options/File Explorer Options.

You should be looking for a solution for this issue. Don’t worry, will get the image thumbnail previewed for you easily with a simple tweak.


For instance, check the image below to see how your images look when the image thumbnail preview doesn’t show:

thumbnail preview issueHow to Fix Picture Thumbnails Not Showing Issue?

This article tells you that the very easiest way to fix this problem is in Windows 7, 8.1 or Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Don’t go anywhere, keep reading this post, and your thumbnail preview issue will be resolved within next two minutes.

To fix this, we need to access Folder Options for Windows 7 and 8.1.

For Windows 10, you need to access File Explorer Options.

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Follow the steps given below to fix this:

Step 1. Open the Control Panel.

Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.

Then, type control and hit the Enter button on your keyboard or click on the OK button to open the Control Panel.

Step 2. Once the Control Panel opens, locate Folder Options in Windows 7 and 8.1.

In windows 10, locate File Explorer Options and click on it to open.

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Step 3. Once you are done with Step 2, Folder Options or the File Explorer Option window will appear on your screen.

  • Click on the View Tab
  • Uncheck Always show icons, never thumbnails.
  • Then, click Apply and OK to close the window.

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Well, you just fixed your problem.

Lastly, now go back to your image folder and check the thumbnail preview and you will be able to see it as shown in the image below:

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