How to show pictures in folder Windows 10/11

How to show pictures in folder Windows 10/11. In Windows Explorer will support thumbnail images in Extra large iconѕ, large iconѕ, medium iconѕ, content or tileѕ. So you can easily search for the videos and images you want. However, in the process of using Windows 10/11; Sometimes File Explorer does not display thumbnails of videos and images. Maybe because you haven’t enabled thumbnails first or because ᴠiruѕ; Or maybe it’s caused by the error of updating Windows 10/11… Ngolongtech will show you how to show pictures in folder Windows 10/11.

How to show pictures in folder Windows 10/11
How to show pictures in folder Windows 10/11

Check View Options

The first action is to check if Windows 11 or Windows 10 is set up to show thumbnail previews in File Explorer. You can do that through the File Explorer Options dialog box.

1. Select the Search icon or box   on the Taskbar and enter  file explorer options  .

2. Select  Open .

3. Switch to the  View tab  .

4. Uncheck the box next to  Always show icons, never thumbnails  .

5. Select  Apply  , then select  OK  .

If you had to enable the option in step 4, File Explorer will generate thumbnails immediately. If you don’t have to do anything, continue with the rest of the fixes.

Force Restart File Explorer

File Explorer can also crash for no reason and stop working properly. The fastest way to fix that is to restart it using Task manager.

1. Press  Shift  +  Ctrl  +  Esc  to open Task manager.

2. Select  Mere deatils  (if necessary) to expand the default Task manager view.

3. In  the Processes tab  , locate and select  Windows Explorer  .

4. Select the  Restart button  to restart File Explorer.

5. Exit Task Manager.

If image or video files (and folders in Windows 10) still appear empty, try restarting the operating system instead.

Clear the thumbnail cache

If the thumbnails are still not showing, you are most likely dealing with a corrupted thumbnail cache. Deleting it will help File Explorer recreate the previews from scratch.

1. Open the  Start menu  and select  Settings .

2. Select  System  >  Storage .

3. Select  Temporary Files  .

4. Check the box next to  Thumbnails   and select  Remove files

5. Restart the computer.

Clear the thumbnail cache (Alternative method)

If you are having trouble clearing the thumbnail cache through the Storage Settings in Windows 11 or Windows 10, try this alternative method involving the Disk Cleanup app.

1. Press  Windows  +  R  to open the  Run box  .

2. Type  cleanmgr  and select  OK  .

3. Check the box next to  Thumbnails

4. Select  OK  .

Restore File Explorer’s Defaults

Restarting File Explorer’s View options to their defaults can also fix an error that prevents Windows 11 and 10 from displaying thumbnails correctly.

1. Find and open the  File Explorer Options dialog box  .

2. Switch to the  View tab .

3. Select  Restore Defaults  .

4. Select  Apply  , then select  OK  .

Revert default apps

Is the problem limited to a specific image or video format? Setting a different default program can cause that. Try configuring it to open in a native Microsoft app.

1. Right click on any file in the file format and point to  Open with  .

2. Select  Choose another app  .

3. Select a native app – for example,  Photos  (for pictures) or  Movies & TV  (for videos).

4. Check the box next to  Always use this app to open files .  .

5. Select  OK  .

Install relevant Codecs

Conversely, image and video files related to unsupported formats in Windows may not display thumbnail previews. You can try to fix that by installing the relevant codecs.

For example, the iPhone’s default HEIC image format will not render thumbnails on Windows, unless you install the HEI C Image Extensions.

On the other hand, K-Lite Codec Pack can help you with uncommon video formats.

Update graphics driver

Outdated graphics drivers cause performance problems and prevent various Windows features (such as thumbnail previews) from working properly. Check on the video card manufacturer’s website (such as NVIDIA or AMD) for a newer driver version, or use the free driver update tool to keep everything up to date.

Also, you should check Windows Update for any display driver updates that have been verified by Microsoft.

1. Open the Settings  app   .

2. Select  Windows Update  .

3. Select  Check for updates  . After Windows Update finishes scanning for updates, select  Advanced Options  . On Windows 10, select  View optional updates  and skip to the next step.

4. Select  Option updates  .

5. Select any driver update related to the monitor and select  Download & install  .

While you’re at it, we also recommend applying the latest updates to Windows itself. They often contain fixes for system-related features and can only help patch problems with File Explorer.

Run SFC scan

Try running a scan using the System File Checker. This is a command line tool that helps to solve possible file corruption problems in Windows 11 and 10.

1. Press  Windows  +  X  and select  Windows Terminal (Admin)  or  Windows PowerShell (Terminal)  .

2. Enter the following command:

sfc /scannow

3. Press  Enter  .

The SFC scan usually takes a while to complete. If it manages to find and fix the error, you may want to continue by running the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool.

Run an anti-malware scan

If the issue of not displaying thumbnails persists or recurs, you may be dealing with File Explorer hijacking software. Use Windows Security to perform a full scan of your computer for malware.

1. Search and open  Windows Security  .

2. Select  Virus & threat protection  .

3. Scroll down to  Virus & threat protection settings section  and install any pending anti-malware definition updates. Then, scroll up and select Scan options.

4. Check the radio button next to  Full scan  .

5. Select  Scan now  .

Alternatively, you can use a specialized malware remover like Malwarebytes to find and remove dangerous forms of malware.

File Explorer Show thumbnail previews again

If you work with images and videos, thumbnail previews are indispensable. Hopefully the above solutions helped and File Explorer is back to displaying them correctly. It’s an essential feature well worth the time to fix. If the problem recurs (and is very likely), just run through the fixes above and you should be fine.


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