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    What are Windows Thumb.db files?

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    What are Windows Thumb.db files?

    Post  Peppies™ on 16th January 2011, 16:20

    Windows creates a file called "Thumbs.db" for folders that contain pictures. The Thumbs.db file caches a thumbnail version of the pictures in the folder, making it quicker to view the thumbnail images each time the folder is opened.

    The Thumbs.db file is often viewable when the "Show Hidden Files" option is turned on in Windows. To activate this setting, first open a folder in Windows. Then choose "Folder Options" from the Tools menu.

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    Click the "View" tab of the Folder Options window and check the option that says "Show hidden files and folders" as shown below.

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    Click "Apply" in the lower-right corner of the window to apply the changes to the current folder. Click "Apply to All Folders" to show hidden files in all folders. Then click "OK" to close the window.


    How to Remove the Thumbs.db File

    You can delete the Thumbs.db file by simply dragging it to the Recycle Bin. However, the file will be regenerated each time you open the folder, which means deleting the file has little effect. To prevent the Thumbs.db file from being created, follow these instructions:

    1. Open a folder (or the specific folder you want to change).
    2. Select "Folder Options" from the View menu.
    3. Click the View tab.
    4. Check the "Do not cache thumbnails" option (see below).
    5. Click "OK" to apply the change and close the window (or click "Appy to All Folders" to make the change systemwide).

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    The "Do not cache thumbnails" option prevents the
    Thumbs.db file from being created.

    If you change your mind regarding either of the above settings, you can revert back to Windows' default settings by clicking the "Reset All Folders" option.

    Note: Windows Folder Options can also be accessed from the Control Panel, but any changes made within the Control Panel options will have a systemwide effect.


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