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How to have the old XP behavior of view as->thumbnails?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    How to have the old XP behavior of view as->thumbnails?


    Hey guys,

    after upgrading from XP to Win8, I've probably already spent hours removing most of the little bits and unnecessary pieces of UI changes they implemented. I'm pretty much done, but there's one thing left.

    See, the problem is with the view and thumbnail functionality. XP would only display preview thumbnails of pictures if you rightclicked in a folder and selected View->Thumbnails. In Win8, I like to use View->Big symbols because I find the Medium symbols to be kinda small, but then of course Windows automatically starts creating thumbnails of pictures and previews of folder contents. Now I know I can prevent that if I just switch to a smaller icon size or disable it in Folder->View->Options->View Tab->check "Always show icons instead of thumbnails". But this change seems to be global, it prevents any thumbnail functionality anywhere on the computer. Seems kind of dumb if the only choice is between "if you want thumbnails just in certain places, you better get used to smaller icons everywhere" or "if you want big icons, you better get used to have no thumbnails anywhere", especially since that choice wasn't present in XP since the Big icons and Thumbnail view were actually the same in size

    My question basically is: is there any kind of way for me to have Big Icons view while activating the thumbnails only in certain folders?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sorry, but thumbnail previews is a global setting that is either all off or all on.
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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sorry, but thumbnail previews is a global setting that is either all off or all on.
    Wow, so they just HAD to dick around with it and change it when it was working perfectly? Well at least it's good to know that I didn't miss some kind of setting, thanks
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. Sorry about that.
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    ...although as I recall that functionality was a little flakey. Above a certain amount of folders, it couldn't reliably remember folder settings. Unless I'm thinking of something else...
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