How to Fix Thumbnail not showing on Windows 10 / 11

If you have landed on this page that means your thumbnail preview of images are not showing up on your windows 10 PC. It becomes very difficult to find and open image if no image preview exists on opening any folder. Just a default icon exists for all images and you find it frustrating to open and see every image to find out what its all about. So, here is how to fix it on your windows 10 computer.

No Preview Thumbnails Windows 10


Fix 1 – Using File explorer options

Step 1 – Search file explorer options in windows 10 taskbar search

File Explorer Options Windows 10


Step 2 – Now, click on view tab and uncheck the option saying Always show icons never thumbnails.

Always Show Icon Never Thumbnails Windows 10


Step 3 – Finally click on apply.

Fix 2 – Recreate thumbcache db

1 – Search cmd in windows search box.

2 – Right click and click on run as administrator

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3 – Now, run the commands given below one by one

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

del /f /s /q /a %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\thumbcache_*.db

start explorer.exe

Now, Check whether the thumbnails starts showing up again or not

Fix 3 – Check system settings

1 – Search SYSDM.CPL in windows search box.

2 -Now, click on Sysdm.cpl from the search result

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3 – Now, Click Advanced tab and click on settings

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4 – Now, make sure show thumbnails instead of icons is selected and click on Apply

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That’s it . Now, just open any folder. The image preview will be solid and clearly visible to you. Thanks for reading.