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I'd like to turn off Windows 7 (video) thumbnails displayed in Explorer. I found this solution for Windows XP but it doesn't work for Windows 7 ("The module shmedia.dll failed to load").

Disable thumbnails in Windows XP?

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To disable video thumbnails only, download and run ShellExView (a great system tool from NirSoft). Disable the "MF XXX Property Handler" lines. Close and restart explorer windows. You are done :)

screenshot: http://i.stack.imgur.com/tQhMU.png

  • Thanks for the heads up on ShellExView. I used it to disable thumbnail preview for another file type (LibreOffice ods file) by disabling "<program name> Thumbnail Viewer" and restarting the explorer.exe process. – reflexiv Nov 8 '14 at 16:44
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There are a couple of potential options.

  1. Open Explorer/Tools/Folder options/View and check the first box Always show icons, never thumbnails

  2. You can customize the way way each folder controls the display of the objects within. Right click on a folder and choose Properties then Customize In the drop down list for Optimize this folder for, select General items

  3. Changing the View type will work too.

  • Thanks, the second option worked great (first option would remove other functionality I want to keep, image thumbnails). – Sam Jun 16 '10 at 14:33
  • Hmm... I just tried this in Windows 7 and it didn't remove the thumbnails from the video files contained in the folder. – Dave Jul 30 '15 at 5:59

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