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PDF files don't show thumbnail previews

  1. #1


    Mumbai, India
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    Windows 8.1 Pro, OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, Ubuntu GNOME 15.04

    PDF files don't show thumbnail previews


    PDF files on my laptop show thumbnail previews erratically. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. In the attached screenshot, you can see that Word is showing nicely but the PDF file won't. Default app is Reader (the Metro app).
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  2. #2


    Posts : 153
    windows 8 pro x64


    To my experience, you need to install a third party pdf viewer such as adobe acrobat reader, pdf x viewer, foxit reader...
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  3. #3


    Mumbai, India
    Posts : 98
    Windows 8.1 Pro, OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, Ubuntu GNOME 15.04


    Quote Originally Posted by ecevit View Post
    To my experience, you need to install a third party pdf viewer such as adobe acrobat reader, pdf x viewer, foxit reader...
    I have Foxit Reader installed. It isn't my default application. Even when Foxit was made default, it didn't show thumbnails.
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    Posts : 141
    Win 7 & Win 8


    Right-hand click on a (pdf) file and (chose open with) next (chose default program)
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    Mumbai, India
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    Windows 8.1 Pro, OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, Ubuntu GNOME 15.04


    Quote Originally Posted by averchat View Post
    Right-hand click on a (pdf) file and (chose open with) next (chose default program)
    Err. I know that. I just mentioned that Foxit was my default. It is Reader now. What are you trying to say? I didn't get you
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    Posts : 141
    Win 7 & Win 8


    The thumbnail should show as foxit, not the default win 8
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    Mumbai, India
    Posts : 98
    Windows 8.1 Pro, OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, Ubuntu GNOME 15.04


    I have changed the default to the reader metro app from Foxit. Thumbnail never showed even when default was Foxit. Just showed the Foxit logo
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by pratnala View Post
    I have changed the default to the reader metro app from Foxit. Thumbnail never showed even when default was Foxit. Just showed the Foxit logo
    This thread seems to have slowed.....any updates? I too have tried a 3rd party like Foxit, but it doesn't generate PDF thumbnails in explorer. I'm not sure if Foxit does this on 64-bit systems though.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    This will fix it. I had the same problem.
    http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2008/05/09/foxit-pdf-preview-handler.aspx
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Thanks - but your link points to a page that says:

    "This page contains the most current links to download the Foxit PDF Preview Handler for Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Windows XP"

    I'm talking about Windows 8, not Vista or XP. Also, I'm not looking for a "preview" (Windows can do that already), but to show the PDF icons as thumbnails, i.e. to show an image of the first page of the PDF as the icon.
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