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How to Display Icons Instead of Thumbnails in Windows 8

How to Display Icons Instead of Thumbnails in Windows 8

Jul 12, 2012

“Since I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I’ve noticed that whenever I open a new folder containing images or videos, I have to wait while Windows creates thumbnails of every file. This causes a major speed hit on my older computer and I’d rather just view the files as icons instead for better speed. Can I do that with Windows 8?”

As a matter of fact, you can. While the thumbnails that Windows 8 creates for media files are certainly pretty, a slower or heavily fragmented hard drive may churn for a while, making your computer unresponsive until all of the thumbnails are created. If this is a frequent problem for you, you can configure Windows Explorer not to create the thumbnails and to simply display icons instead.

  1. Windows 8 Icons Instead of ThumbnailsMove the mouse to the bottom-left corner of the screen until the Start tile appears.
  2. Right-click the Start tile and select Windows Explorer on the menu.
  3. Press Ctrl+F1 or click the down-facing arrow in the upper-right corner of the Windows Explorer window. This displays the navigation ribbon.
  4. Click the View tab on the navigation ribbon.
  5. Click the Options button on the right side of the ribbon. This displays a new window titled Folder Options.
  6. Click the View tab at the top of the Folder Options window.
  7. Select the Always show icons, never thumbnails check box at the top of the window.
  8. Click OK.