The thumbnail size in Microsoft Windows 10 was too small for me. I would have to open each file just to make out what the heck the photo was. I was pleased to discover that you can change the default size of image thumbnails to and make them larger or smaller. Actually, Microsoft has added thumbnail preview function to ensure you get the first frame from the video clips Windows Media Player supports since the release of Windows XP in 2001. However, the fact is, Microsoft only supports very few video formats like MP4, AVI, WMV even in the latest version Windows 10. When you open a folder with photos or video files in Microsoft Windows 10 File Explorer, you will normally see thumbnails (reduced-size versions of photos or videos). Thumbnails will appear for almost all common video formats (e.g., MP4, AVI, MKV, WMV, FLV, MPG, and MOV) and image formats (e.g., JPG (JPEG), PNG, GIF, and PNG).
On the video player page choose the Manage tab in the ribbon. In the Actions group, click edit Properties. Click change thumbnail, and then choose one of the following options: Capture a thumbnail from video. Windows 10 keeps a cache database with images for every file and folder on your PC. This enables Windows to quickly display a preview for each item before you open it. However, there is one problem. Over time, the thumbnail cache grows, getting bloated the more you create new folders and add new files to the system.
Haven’t we all gone through the experience where you sat down to show your recent vacation pictures to your friends, and just as you click on the folder the thumbnails take ages to load on your Windows PC. That can turn out to be quite an exasperating affair, especially if you have to locate a few important photos quickly.
That issue is more rampant in systems carrying plenty of media files inside folders. In a normal scenario, Windows 10 keeps a cache of the thumbnail files for your files and folders. So, when you open a folder, the contents are ready for you to view.
With time, this cache slowly starts bloating as new files are added to the system. And that is one of the reasons that Windows File Explorer takes its own sweet time to display the thumbnails. Or, in the worst-case scenario, your system shows the incorrect previews of the files.
Thankfully, the changes are not permanent, and with the right solution, one can rectify this issue quickly. In this post, we will explore four different ways to speed up the thumbnail loading time in Windows 10.
If you are lucky, you’d need to do only one of the fixes for the issue to be rectified, while in others, you may need to try all the three.
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1. Through Group Policy
Step 1: Open Group Policy by typing Edit Group Policy (or gpedit.msc) in the Start menu. As you may already know, Windows Group Policy has a set of advanced local settings that you can tweak, provided you know your way around them.
Step 2: Once inside, navigate to User Configuration > Windows Components > File Explorer.
Step 3: Now, search for the ‘Turn off the caching of thumbnails...’ option. The chances are that this option will be either in the Not Configured state or disabled.
All you have to do is select Enabled and hit the Apply button.
Once you have applied the above, reboot your computer for the above changes to take effect.
2. Through the Control Panel Settings
Next, we have to make sure that your system is posed to show all the thumbnails of files and folders. To do so, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open the Control Panel of your system and head over to System and Security > System, and click on the Advanced system settings.
Step 2: Select the Advanced tab and select Settings under Performance.
Here, you just have to make sure that the ‘Show thumbnails instead of icons’ option is enabled. If it’s not, check the box and hit OK.
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3. Check the Registry Values
Last but not least, you may want to edit the Registry values. Quite obviously, your system has a ton of maintenance tools that runs automatically. And as you may have suspected, one of its jobs is to clean up the File Explorer’s cache regularly.
Just like your browser and your phone, clearing up the cache makes new space, which is good from the storage point of view. But at the same time, the File Explorer also has to reload the cache, which ends up consuming time.
Hence, if you’re really frustrated with the slow load time, you may want to tweak the values a little so that the Disk Cleanup job is not triggered for the thumbnail cache. Usually, the Disk Cleanup job (going by the name of SilentCleanup) picks up the autorun job with values 1. Naturally, if you change it to 0, it’ll cause the job to skip these keys.
To do so, open the Registry Editor by typing Regedit on the start menu.
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Next, navigate your way around to the following path,
Here you’ll see two values, Default and Autorun. All you have to do is set the Autorun’s DWORD value to 0.
Do so for the following path as well,
Once done, reboot the PC to make the changes take effect.
4. Change the Thumbnail Cache Size
You may also want to increase the cache size if you do have the habit of keeping all your pictures and images under a single folder. And as you might have guessed, the way is through the registry values.
Open the Registry, and navigate to the path below,
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Once done, right click on an empty space and select New. Next, select New > String value and add the term, Max Cached Icons.
Now add the value 4096 and hit the OK button. This tweak will create a 4MB cache file.
If you want a slightly bigger cache file, you can update this update the value to 8192 as well. By default, the icon cache size in Windows is around 500KB.
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Waiting for the File Explorer to load the image and file previews can be an annoying affair. The frustration mounts all the more, especially when you have to to get work done soon. So which of these fixes worked for you? Do let us know in the comments section below.
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