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