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    How to Turn Preview Thumbnails On or Off in Windows Explorer in Vista


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    Re: Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

    Thanks for the quick response, Shawn. Might I ask why this ability has been removed when it was there in XP? I can see no reason for it and the increase in work times that this causes is horrendous. I have thousands of saved Web pages. The example I posted is a review of a Nikon camera and it goes to 35 pages. This particular review was better than most in that each page of the review had a defining name, but I have many hundreds of saved pages of Computer hardware reviews that are simply named "page 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, etc, etc". I now have to wait whilst each page loads to see which part of the review it refers to, whereas under XP I simply open the folder and immediately have, in the case of the Nikon review, 35 thumbnails. Very large ones too on a 24" monitor.
    I really appreciate your response, Shawn, as I have been trawling the Net for weeks over this. There must be thousands of us out here with this problem and there is no respose whatsoever from Microsoft. If it's a security problem, why doesn't MS say so and tell us the reason ? If it is we should surely be given the option of switching it on or off, as we can with UAC.
    As a workaround I reboot into XP, open up the relative folder, take a screenshot of the large thumbnails and retain in the same folder. When I am back with Vista I can open the JPG and see what each page is. However, each time I do that I ask myself why the hell do I have to do this? It's crazy.
    I guess if you can't come up with a fix, Shawn, nobody can, but it can't be that hard surely ? Maybe Bill can have a go at it for something to do during his retirement !
    Thanks again, Shawn.
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    Re: Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

    LOL, I agree Fred.

    I have found a program out there that will allow this in Vista, but it will only work with the 32 bit Vista.

    Ave's Vista Apps: HTML Thumbnails in Explorer

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    Re: Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

    Thanks, Shawn, but I wasn't joking when I said I've been at this for weeks. I found that site very early on and managed to get that fix into the registry after a bit of trouble, but it didn't work. If it's only for Vista 32, that might explain why, but not really. I had thought that it might be a problem only with Vista 64, so I've already tried on a 32 bit setup. Not Ave's fix but a test to see if the thumbs were there in 32 bit. I also tried it on a Vista business install and a Vista Ultimate. Still no go.
    I might add that "preview" in Windows Explorer doesn't work either with web pages. It's Ok with other file types, jpg etc.
    You obviously have a lot more contacts than I, so maybe somebody can at least tell me why we have this major omission in Vista.
    I appreciate your attempts to help, Shawn and in particular the fact that I get sent an email when there is a response. I've joined so many Forums over the last few weeks that I've lost track of who is who. I've saved all the Web pages I've visited but that only rubs this problem in as when I open the folder where I saved them I have a load of pretty meaningless URL pages each with a generic Icon ( unless I boot into XP again !)
    Thanks again, Shawn.
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    Re: Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

    Yep, I can confirm it. All thumbnails views for the .htm, .html, .mht, and .mhtml file types have been removed in Vista for security purposes. The only way to see previews of them is with using the Preview Pane in Vista, and maybe with that program for the 32 bit Vista.

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    Re: Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

    Shawn,
    thanks to you for good exposition of the subject matter.
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    Your welcome Cmanmohan.

    I like to keep the suspense up until ending it with a solution.

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    Re: Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

    Thanks for that, Shawn, but like I said, "preview" doesn't work either with Web pages.
    I was the first amongst a whole bunch of people here to switch to Vista and that was mainly 'cos I had to have it to run MS FSX Flight Sim. In fact it was the only reason really, plus building a new high end setup. I am already very peeved at not being able to use either of my two Scanners, one being an HP flatbed and the other a very expensive slide and negative scanner. Neither HP or MS would come to the party with drivers for them. That was the only reason that I kept XP up to date.
    I shall now go back to XP as my main Operating system and relegate Vista to the backup and use it only for Flight Sim work. I shall also tell all of my friends to stay with XP. I am really, really upset by this, Shawn. No reflection on your goodself intended of course, but I can't be satisfied by a "security" excuse from MS unless I get chapter and verse on this. It has taken me weeks of effort to arrive at this negative outcome. I have just this week watched "Pirates of Silicon Valley."
    "Pirates of Seattle" could just be their Epitaph in years to come.
    Thanks for the info, Shawn.
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    Re: Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

    Fred,

    Sorry, I misundertood that part. You should be able to see the .htm, .html, .mht, and .mhtml file types in the Preview Pane. I see them fine in mine when I highlight one of these file types.


    Double check that you have the Preview Pane set properly. This tutorial will help show you the settings to check.

    Preview Pane in Vista Windows Explorer


    Next, make sure that Internet Explorer is set as the default program with all of it's associations set to it. This tutorial will show you how to if needed.

    Default Programs - Program Default Associations

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Thumbnails in Windows Explorer





    Sorry, Shawn but Web bpages do not show up as previews in Vista explorer ! Here are two Screenies. As you can see, the JPG shows but the ".MHT" does not. I had already followed the instrutions in your excellent tutorial and all of my settings are as instructed. I found your site early in the piece and had already tried everything listed.
    My last idea is to install "Firefox" and see if that is an answer. It's nearly 2:00AM here so I'm off to bed . Any other ideas to get previews in explorer would be appreciated. How about posting a Screenie showing this Web page as a preview in Explorer in your setup ? If I see that I'll keep trying but I don't believe it's possible.
    Night, night, Shawn.
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    Re: Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

    Sorry Fred,

    I think you may have misunderstood what I meant with previews. There are no thumbnail previews of the .htm, .html, .mht, and .mhtml file types in Vista, but you can see a preview of these files in the Preview Pane instead. I attached a screenshot of this webpage saved as a .mht file being viewed in the Preview Pane.





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