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    Pictures are Blank


    Pictures I save from the Internet are coming up as blank icons. For instance. Today I "saved as" a birthday clip art to my desktop... it come up a blank square. I can click on it and it asks me how to open it. I select PSP and then I save it as a Jpg and the icon appears. I never had this problem before. In fact a lot of my previously copied photos are now showing up as PSP files but not a picture of what it is.

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    Posts : 54
    Windows 7 Pro plus Windows 8.1 Pro VM


    It sounds like a file association problem. Blank icons suggest they're not associated with anything.
    When you right click and save a file from a web page, what type of file are you saving it as ?
    In most cases it would be a jpg or jpeg file type.

    Go to where you set your default file associations in Win 8 and make sure all your image file types are associated with your favoured Image Viewer.
    Do this for bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg and png files at least.
    PSP type files are the exception as they are exclusively PaintShop Pro files.
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    You could also run sfc /scannow as admin and see whether it rectify the problem.
    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8
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    Posts : 34
    Linux Lite 3.2 x64


    Are they initially being saved as .jpg's? It could be a browser setting. Try the download in a different browser.
    One setting I think everyone should turn off is "hide extensions of known file types" in folder options.
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    Thank you... I'm still looking for where I set the file associations.
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    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Somehow you might have altered the PC for 'best performance', rather than 'best appearance' , which unchecks thumbnail view.

    In Search box type: system > Click on its icon > Click on Advanced System Settings > Click on Settings in the Performance section (top) > Make sure Show Thumbnails Instead Of Icons is checked > Click OK

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    When I search for Performance Options this is all I get.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Screenshot_3.jpg  
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    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Type 'system'

    Type: System > Click on its icon > Click on Advanced System Settings > Click on Settings in the Performance section (top) > Make sure Show Thumbnails Instead Of Icons is checked > Click OK
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    Where do you type system? I'm not a geek, can you tell. It's this windows 8 that makes it so hard to find anything. When I clicked on the Windows key and typed System I got a description of my computer, the ram, memory etc. etc.
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    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Hold your pointer right into in the top right corner of your screen and click on the Search icon. Then type 'system' as in the image below.

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