How to Display Thumbnail Preview on Windows 11?

Windows 11 is a new operating system that is supposed to offer thumbnail previews of images and videos, among other things, but it doesn’t work correctly for many users. One of the most common complaints is folder thumbnails not appearing when browsing through File Explorer on a computer or laptop. Thumbnail Preview in Windows allows you to look at your files without opening them. Thumbnails are the perfect option for organizing and viewing files.

The best way to find your files is to view thumbnails, which show you what’s in a particular folder and make it easy to find. An image of a graphic or document is reduced in size to serve as an icon for a larger image so that multiple images can be displayed on one screen simultaneously or transferred more quickly. This risewindows article will show you how to enable thumbnails in Windows 11.

How to Enable or Disable Thumbnail Preview on Windows 11?

As mentioned above, thumbnail preview is enabled for your PC by default, but if you need it, you can turn it on/off when required. For that, use the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, open File Explorer by pressing the Windows + E keys on the keyboard.

Step 2. Now, click the ellipse (three dots on the toolbar) and select Options to open the Folder Options dialog.


Step 3. Then, navigate to the View tab. Then check or uncheck the box beside “Always show icons, never thumbnails” to disable or enable the thumbnail preview. Since you will see Thumbnail Preview in Windows 11, leave this field unchecked.

Step 4. After that,  click Apply.

Step 5. Next, click OK.

Step 5. After completing all the steps, in File Explorer, click on View in the toolbar and select Medium icons, Large icons, or Extra large icons.

So, thumbnails will appear in preview mode.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this article will be helpful to you.

Good luck & stay healthy, guys.

Also, read How to Change Mouse Hover Time to Display Taskbar Thumbnail Live Preview on Windows 11 and 10?

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