So in windows 7, you could see the photo thumbnails before you clicked on a photo to open it. Now, in windows 10, all you get is this:

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So in order for me to find a picture, I have to double click it and hope to find it. Is there a way to enable a preview of some sort so I can quickly find what I need?(Just like on windows 7 where it showed the picture)

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    Don't forget to mark the answer you said helped as the answer. :) Dec 6, 2015 at 13:12
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    Please mark the answer below as the answer. It worked for me.. ;) Jan 23, 2016 at 2:42

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In Windows Explorer, go to the View Menu > Options > View Tab, and deselect "Always show icons, never thumbnails"

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    Thanks. This is just retarded problem. I cant believe if this comes as default. Oct 6, 2015 at 16:56
  • does it affect performance. Nov 27, 2016 at 22:50
  • In my Windows 10, View is a tab with a ribbon and Options is a menu on the far right of the ribbon. Apr 20, 2017 at 13:08

I haven't changed any settings yet I see the icons. Try clearing your thumbnail cache. Search Disk Cleanup in Start/search bar and open it. Check Thumbnails and click OK.

Disk Cleanup

If that does not fix it, rebuild your icon cache. I would also recommend restarting your computer after trying these options.

  • I've tried everything, even went on the 'rebuild your icon cache' site, restarted etc, nothing works :(
    – timoleonn
    Aug 8, 2015 at 10:05
  1. hit the VIEW tab
  2. hit OPTIONS

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  • this doesn't answer the question, but it answers the question I came here for which is also helpful for people. Thanks! May 24, 2016 at 18:48

Try right-click on any image -> Properties -> Change(around the top at the right) -> try changing it to photo gallery or windows photo viewer

  • I only 'Photos', 'Microsoft Office Picture Manager' , 'Paint' and look for another app on this pc. :(
    – timoleonn
    Aug 8, 2015 at 10:04
  • Try this to get back Photo Viewer. Then try setting the default app to Photo Viewer and clear/rebuild caches.
    – MC10
    Aug 8, 2015 at 14:26
  • windows photo viewer is not availabe for me too.. I like the way windows 7 showed photos. Hate windows 10.. except that microsoft forced me to upgrade.
    – alpha_989
    Dec 14, 2017 at 19:48

Yes: right-click on the folder and select View > Large icons.

  • It's already viewed at 'Large Icons' :(
    – timoleonn
    Aug 8, 2015 at 10:06
  1. Click on the file folder icon at the bottom of your screen in the taskbar to open File Explorer.

  2. Click on View in the File Explorer toolbar in the top of the window in that application.

  3. On the right side click Options.

  4. Click on Change folder and search options.

  5. Click on the View tab in the new pop-up Options window that comes up.

  6. Click on Apply to folders.

  7. Uncheck Always show icons, never thumbnails. Stupidly this is the Windows 10 default setting.

  8. Click Apply, then OK.

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