Summary: Often, thumbnails of image files are not visible in File Explorer folders on Windows 10. You can see image file icons with .jpeg, .png or other file extensions, but no thumbnail preview of the photos. This post shares 8 methods to fix ‘photo thumbnails not appearing’ issue on Windows 10 PC. It also shares the best photo repair software – Stellar Repair for Photo in case there is corruption in the image files.
‘I upgraded to Windows 10, and now half of my JPEGS will not show thumbnails. But if I right- click and open them with Windows Picture Viewer, I can see all of my images there. How can I fix this?’
A thumbnail is a smaller or miniature version of your image file. It is usually preferred to have a quick look at large-sized pictures stored in the folder that may otherwise take a long time to open.
But sometimes, you may not see thumbnails of your photos in the folders. Although the image file icons with names and file extensions appear, preview of the image would be missing. The problem is mostly reported in Windows 10.
Wrong thumbnails or no thumbnails could be a Windows OS bug or file systems error caused due to corruption in files or drive.
Windows File Explorer settings to show thumbnails can get disabled and show image file icons without picture preview. Other than these, if thumbnail cache files get corrupt, then too, you won’t be able to preview pictures in File Explorer folders. It is also possible that your photos are corrupt due to which thumbnails are not visible in the folder.
However, Windows allows you to troubleshoot the problem. Here we bring the various methods to try in Windows 10 and fix the ‘picture thumbnails not showing’ issue.
If the Windows 10 File Explorer settings is somehow changed to show only file icons and not thumbnails, you won’t be able to preview pictures in folders.
Follow the below steps to disable this setting in File Explorer:
Check if this enabled thumbnails for pictures in Windows 10.
Set the File Explorer Options to Default, so that the thumbnails again appear on your Windows 10 PC. To do so, follow the below steps:
Windows 10 image thumbnails not showing problem should resolve now.
Check and change the visual effects settings of your Windows to show pictures thumbnails by following the below steps:
For every photo on your computer, Windows 10 creates a cache file. Over time, the thumbnail cache piles up and sometimes get corrupt too. As a result, you are not able to view thumbnails or see wrong thumbnails of the photos in File Explorer folders. However, Windows 10 allows you to delete thumbnail cache and rebuild the thumbnail cache database. You can remove thumbnails cache by using Disk Cleanup tool and fix the ‘picture thumbnails not showing’ issue.
Follow the below steps to delete thumbnails cache using Disk Cleanup:
Alternatively, you can try command prompt to delete thumbnail cache on Windows 10 system by following the below steps:
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
del /f /s /q /a %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\thumbcache_*.db
The thumbnail previews of JPEG, PG, TIFF, and other image files should be visible now in Windows 10.
SFC scan is a system file checker that can fix any system file issues. If the picture thumbnails are not showing in Windows 10 due to system file error, ruuning SFC scan can resolve the issue.
Follow the below steps to run SFC on Windows 10:
Once the scan is completed, check if the ‘thumbnails not showing’ issue is fixed in Windows 10.
If you continue to face image thumbnails issue after running the SFC scan, run the DISM Tool. DSIM can repair, if required, as well as update the system files fixing the Windows problem.
Follow the below steps to run DSIM Tool:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
Thumbnails are the smaller sized version of the original pictures. If image thumbnails are not showing up and you are not able to open the photos also, chances are, the image files have turned corrupt.
Further, the software can also extract thumbnails of your images. You can repair and obtain thumbnails of JPEG/ JPG, TIFF, DNG, RAW, ARF, SR2, NEF, MxPEG, and SRF and other image file formats.
This post shares 8 methods to resolve thumbnails issue on your Windows 10 PC. As you may not be aware of the cause of the problem, it’s better to try each, and one should fix picture thumbnail preview not showing on your system.
Do share with our readers, which method worked in your case, in the comments box below.
Nishat Paiker is an expert technical writer and editor with over 8 years of experience. She has deep knowledge about data recovery and loves to explore new technology and DIY tools. Nishat has keen interest in photography. You will often find her giving photography tips and hacks.
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