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Windows 7 Tips and Tricks - How to Disable Thumbnail Previews

When you have thumbnail previews turned on, clicking on a file shows you a quick picture of that document. This can be useful when you are scrolling through large numbers of pictures or graphics files, but there is a tradeoff. The thumbnail preview can be very resource intensive, especially on computers with a limited amount of memory. You may find that leaving this feature enabled slows down your computer and makes it harder to get your work done.

Fortunately, the Windows 7 operating system makes it easy for users to disable the thumbnails preview feature. Disabling this feature is one way for systems administrators to preserve resources and prevent calls about slow computers.

To disable the thumbnail preview feature in Windows 7, just follow these simple steps.
1. Open Windows Explorer
2. Go to the Tools Menu
3. Choose Folder Options from the list of choices
4. Check the Always Show Icons, Never Thumbnails box
5. Click OK to accept your choice

This tip works in Windows Vista as well. Whether you have Windows Vista or the newer Windows 7 operating system, you can control the appearance of the files in your folders.


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