I cannot see thumbnails of PDF files on Windows 7 64-bit. Is there any solution to this problem?


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  1. Open Adobe Reader.
  2. Choose File > Open, and browse to the folder containing your PDFs.
  3. Switch the file view to show icons. This causes Adobe Reader to load (and cache) thumbnails for the files in this folder. If necessary, scroll up and down to make sure all the thumbnails have loaded.
  4. Click Cancel, and close Adobe Reader.
  5. Refresh that folder in Windows Explorer, and bask in the sweet thumbnaily goodness.

Annoying if you have a lot of folders, but effective :)

  • This is not the best solution. You have to do this every time you want to see the thumbnails.
    – Devid
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 21:35
  • This does nothing for my installation. Viewing thumbnails from either Adobe Reader or Acrobat produces no images. Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 20:34

This happens because Adobe haven't made available a 64-bit version of their ifilter, which Windows 7 needs to index pdf's and make thumbnails. However, Foxit PDF viewer has a 64-bit ifilter, but I'm unsure if it will also make thumbnails.

  • labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/PDF_iFilter_8_-_64-bit_Support this links contains adobe's 64-bit ifilter. I am installing now, I will write the result soon. Thanks for your answer.
    – mokaymakci
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:37
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    it doesn't work :(
    – mokaymakci
    Commented Oct 7, 2009 at 18:48
  • It's still in beta isn't it? The Foxit pdf ifilter has received some recognition as it's apparently being used in Microsoft's own hosted services! Look here for the free (desktop) download: foxitsoftware.com/pdf/ifilter I'm installing that now, will let you know how it goes..
    – tplive
    Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 7:48
  • I installed this Foxit PDF IFilter in Windows 7 x64 and it still does not generate thumbnails for PDFs in Windows Explorer.
    – cowgod
    Commented Jan 12, 2010 at 6:08

The PDF XCHANGE works perfectly - http://www.docu-track.com/download/PDFXVwer.zip

  • It produces thumbnails in Windows Explorer?
    – endolith
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 13:50

According to this knowledgebase article, another option is to run a copy of windows explorer in 32-bit mode. Then Adobe's 32-bit previewer will kick in.

  • Didn't work for me. Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 20:34

Installing Foxit Reader (606.0722_enu_Setup.exe - 29MB) will save this problem for me .it is free and really pretty and really worth seeing and testing this solution


I use an old version of the full application (Acrobat 9.5.5) as well as Adobe Reader. I had Acrobat set as the default application, as I'd prefer. I read here that setting Adobe Reader as the default will fix the problem. Required a reboot as prompted and then worked for me like a charm.

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