Windows 8 How To: Enable and Disable Thumbnails
Written by Alan Saturday, 4 August 2012 08:00
Windows Explorer for Windows 8 is different in the sense that it has a new ribbon interface, which was borrowed from the Office world. However, like in previous versions of the Windows operating system, users can still choose how they wish to view files within Explorer. There are options for small, medium, large, and extra large icons, as well as list, details, content, and tiles.
This view can be changed easily at any time by simply clicking “View” at the top of the menu bar. From the View ribbon users will find all those choices listed in a box labeled “Layout” on the ribbon (see image below).
Users can permanently enable or disable thumbnail view for Explorer. From the same View ribbon, click “Options” on the far right and choose “Change folder and search options”.
In the resulting dialog box click on the “View” tab and locate “Always show icons, never thumbnails” (this should be at the top of the list). By default Windows 8 has this box unchecked so that users can view thumbnail images, but checking the box and then clicking “OK” will disable that feature. You can change this back and forth when needed.