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    Newbie (sorry) I don't want icons. I need thumbnails.


    I tried searching this topic with no luck. My apologies as I'm sure this has been asked before.

    I need to see my thumbnails. 99% of my files are Photoshops and I need to see them, not the PS icon. I can only find "Show Icons Oly - Not Thumbnails" in my advanced folder settings. How do I do the opposite. Show all thumbnails - not icons? Many thank yous in advance!


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    Hi there

    There are a few free get arounds but these don't seem to work reliably.

    64 bit systems particularly give problems -- Adobe stopped the psd file thumbnail integration with Windows (File) explorer a while ago.

    A 15 USD solution is available -- normally I always try and find free stuff but if you are doing a LOT of photoshop work with psd files then this seems to me a worthwhile investment. Works with Windows 8 64 bit systems too.

    FastPictureViewer Codec Pack: PSD, CR2, NEF, DNG RAW codecs (and more) for Windows 8 Desktop, Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP

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    How about Irfanview Thumbnail viewer, or XnView XnView Software · Software for reading, organizing and processing images
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    As Jimbo mentioned, it's because there's no codec installed to view PSD thumbnails.

    But just to add, personally I would move to using TIFF instead of PSD. You can do everything with a TIFF you can with a PSD, but TIFF is much more flexible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evster2012 View Post
    I tried searching this topic with no luck. My apologies as I'm sure this has been asked before.

    I need to see my thumbnails. 99% of my files are Photoshops and I need to see them, not the PS icon. I can only find "Show Icons Oly - Not Thumbnails" in my advanced folder settings. How do I do the opposite. Show all thumbnails - not icons? Many thank yous in advance!
    How about your jpeg files? can you see them as thumbnails?
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    Could be what you need...
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    If you have Photoshop then you should have "Bridge" which allows you to view PS photos.
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    LEE & ARC1020 both have given good advices. Don't install any extras if you don't have to just for the sake of being able to view thumbnails on PSD files.
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    Hi there
    I think some have misunderstood the posts.

    It's not whether the OP uses GIMP / Photoshop or whatever -- all these applications can view all sorts of "picture" or image type files. What the OP wants is simply to quickly use Windows explorer (or file explorer as it's now called) to get a quick view of the image without having to open or start any other application.

    jpg / png files are COMPRESSED files so you lose resolution every time these are opened and modified -- plus of course you can't handle things like Layers, RAW camera files, CMYK colour schemes for pre-press etc.

    I don't know how the OP is using photo shop but there are loads of reasons as to why he might want the .PSD format.

    Incidentally jpg and png files display decent thumbnails in Windows explorer .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    I think some have misunderstood the posts.

    It's not whether the OP uses GIMP / Photoshop or whatever -- all these applications can view all sorts of "picture" or image type files. What the OP wants is simply to quickly use Windows explorer (or file explorer as it's now called) to get a quick view of the image without having to open or start any other application.

    jpg / png files are COMPRESSED files so you lose resolution every time these are opened and modified -- plus of course you can't handle things like Layers, RAW camera files, CMYK colour schemes for pre-press etc.

    I don't know how the OP is using photo shop but there are loads of reasons as to why he might want the .PSD format.

    Incidentally jpg and png files display decent thumbnails in Windows explorer .

    Cheers
    jimbo
    That is what I thought. Maybe all photo files were set to open with Photoshop as a default while the poster was installing the Photoshop.
    To be able to view thumbnails, associate your photo files with a windows default program for viewing pictures such as Windows Photo Viewer. To do this, go to Control Panel>>>Default Programs>>>Associate a file type or protocol with a program>>> and then choose all photo file types then Click "Change Program" on upper right corner.
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