Personalization Change Folder Picture in Windows 11


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Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, File Explorer will show a thumbnail preview of folder contents on the folder's icon. Usually, the last item added to the folder will show as a thumbnail preview on the folder's icon.

If you like, you can choose any .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .ico, .wmf, .dib, .jfif, .jpe, .fpx, or .mix image file you like to show as a picture on the folder's icon instead of the thumbnail preview.

This tutorial will show you how to choose an image file to show as a picture on a folder's icon in Windows 11.


If you disable thumbnail previews, folder pictures will also not show, and only the folder icon will show.

Folder pictures will not show while using a Small icons, List, or Details folder layout.




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EXAMPLE: Thumbnail preview or picture on folder icon

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Option One

Change Folder Picture


1 Right click on the folder you want, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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2 Perform the following steps: (see screenshots below)
  1. Click/tap on the Customize tab.
  2. Click/tap on the Choose File button under Folder pictures.
  3. Navigate to and select a .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .ico, .wmf, .dib, .jfif, .jpe, .fpx, or .mix image file you want.
  4. Click/tap on Open.
  5. Click/tap on OK.
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Option Two

Restore Default Folder Picture


This will have the default thumbnail previews show on the folder's icon.


1 Right click on the folder you want, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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2 Perform the following steps: (see screenshots below)
  1. Click/tap on the Customize tab.
  2. Click/tap on the Restore Default button under Folder pictures.
  3. Click/tap on OK.
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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Just realized that 11 gives no indication of what (if anything) might be in a folder, and came here looking for a fix. You say that this is back as of 22557, but do you have any idea when this will trickle down to us "outsiders"? ;-)
 

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Just realized that 11 gives no indication of what (if anything) might be in a folder, and came here looking for a fix. You say that this is back as of 22557, but do you have any idea when this will trickle down to us "outsiders"? ;-)

Hello, :)

Build 22557 is part of version 22H2, so it should be available to the public sometime in the second half of 2022. Most likely around October or November.
 

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