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For some folders, Thumbs.db does now show up even though I am showing hidden folders/files and always showing extensions. How do I get it to always be displayed while using Windows Explorer?

Also, the file shows up when I use the command prompt dir /a but if I do del Thumbs.db it says it does not exist. But if I do del /A Thumbs.db it will delete it properly.

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I agree with Kreker, but couldnt Vote Up as i dont have enough Rep. – leinad13 Jul 13 '11 at 15:16
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" in the Folder Options

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You need to switch to preview mode so that Windows creates the Thumbs.db file.

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The file already exists but it's not being displayed. I can open it using Notepad++ (but I have to manually type the name because it doesn't show up in the file selection) – Joe Philllips Jul 13 '11 at 15:28
Are you sure that the option of showing hidden files is enable on all folders? When you go to enable it press the button "Apply to all folders" – Kreker Jul 13 '11 at 15:30
Yes. There is a hidden folder in the directory that I can see just fine. – Joe Philllips Jul 13 '11 at 15:33
try to delete the Thumbs.db file from the command and lets windows create another one. Maybe works – Kreker Jul 13 '11 at 15:34
after that try to disable showing windows file and re-enable it – Kreker Jul 13 '11 at 15:39

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