Fix : Pictures not showing thumbnail view / thumbnail view not working in Windows 7

After reading this post you will be able to fix an issue with your Windows 7 computer, where when you open up a pictures folder or library you are unable to view thumbnail view even on selecting thumbnail view as an option from the view menu.

Note: Make sure you are using Windows Aero as the theme.

To Check;

  • Right Click on Desktop
  • Click on Personalize
  • Make sure one of the themes from Aero section is selected. Refer screenshot below



FIX : If Aero is already selected

Method 1

  • Go to the pictures library
  • Click on organize( left side )
  • Folder and search options
  • Click on View tab
  • uncheck the checkbox that says “Always shows icons and not thumbnails”
  • Click Apply, OK ( Refer Screenshot below )



Method 2

  • Right Click the computer icon
  • Click on Properties
  • From the links on the left hand side
  • select advanced system settings
  • Click on advanced
  • Click on performance
  • Click on Let windows choose what’s best for my computer
  • OR
  • Select “ Adjust for best appearance”
  • Refer screenshot below



Method 3

  • Go to the start menu
  • Type run
  • Right Click the run program & Click on run as administrator (make sure you are the administrator)
  • type gpedit.msc
  • User Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • Start Menu and Taskbar
  • Turn off Taskbar Thumbnails
  • Click on enable, if it’s disabled or click on disable if it’s already enabled.
  • Restart you computer
  • Follow the steps mentioned above to get to “ Turn off taskbar thumbnails”
  • Click on not configured
  • Apply, OK

General Instructions

  • Make sure your computer’s display / graphic card drivers are installed and updated
  • Download and install the latest drivers from your motherboard / Computer Manufacturer’s website
  • Run Windows Update to update your windows installation for best results