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The Thumbnail at the Bottom of the Folder Window Missing?

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    The Thumbnail at the Bottom of the Folder Window Missing?


    Dear Brains,

    On the other Windows PCs I've used, there has always been a small thumbnail at the bottom of the window showing details of the item/photo selected, but with Window 8, this is missing.

    Some details are there, but they are not easy to take in at a glance and I really miss the thumbnail preview. Also, and this is really annoying - the details don't state the size of videos. I'm not going to rundown Windows yet again, as I'm hoping I'm missing something simple.

    Is there a way to get this feature back? I've worked hard to make 8 useable, but this little, yet much missed, detail eludes me. Although I'm sure more annoyances will come along .

    Thanks for any help .

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    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Do you mean in windows/file explorer?
    You can play with your view settings here

    Click image for larger version
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    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dubbledoo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Do you mean the "details pane"?

    Details Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Dubbledoo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Do you mean the "details pane"?

    Details Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer
    Thanks for the welcome Brink (and replying Antspants).

    In a way yes, but it used to be a long the bottom and less intrusive, but with all the info I wanted. I don't like the Details Pane along side like that. Very intrusive to be left activated permanently like I want.

    Is it possible to have it like in W7, as in the picture below (If I get it attached properly!).
    Click image for larger version

    Many Thanks.
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    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    It involves patching a system file, but you could move the Details Pane to the bottom in Windows 8.1 using this below.

    Shell32 Details Pane Mod for Windows 8.1 Only! - Windows 8 - MSFN Forum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    It involves patching a system file, but you could move the Details Pane to the bottom in Windows 8.1 using this below.

    Shell32 Details Pane Mod for Windows 8.1 Only! - Windows 8 - MSFN Forum
    Thanks for that. It looks a bit unstable though and my small internal computer can't compute whether it's safe. I don't want to mess my system up!
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    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Agreed. It's better to toggle the default details pane on/off as needed instead.
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    You seem to know what you're talking about Mr Brink, so that's good enough for me .
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