Personalization Disable Folder Thumbnail Previews without Disabling File Thumbnail Previews in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to disable only folder thumbnail previews without disabling file thumbnail previews for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

File Explorer can display thumbnail previews of files in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, File Explorer will now show previews of items within folders.

File Explorer displays a thumbnail preview image of the last item added to the folder by default.


Thumbnail previews will not show while using a Small icons, List, or Details folder layout.


If you disable thumbnail previews in File Explorer, it will disable both folder and file thumbnail previews.

If you reset folder view settings to default, it will undo this disabling of folder thumbnail previews.



EXAMPLE: Enable or disable only folder thumbnail previews

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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (disable) or step 3 (undo) below for what you want.

2 Disable Folder Thumbnail Previews without Disabling File Thumbnail Previews

A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4.​

Disable_folder_thumbnail_preivews_without_disabling_file_thumbnail_previews.bat


You can change the Logo string value in the command line below in the BAT file to use a custom thumbnail you want applied to all folders instead of the default folder icon used in the BAT file.

You would change imageres.dll,-3 (default folder icon) in the single command line to the full path of the image file with its file extension you want to use instead.

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell" /V Logo /T REG_SZ /D imageres.dll,-3 /F

For example:
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell" /V Logo /T REG_SZ /D "C:\Users\Brink\Pictures\MyCustomImage.png" /F


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

echo.
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
timeout 2 /nobreak>nul
echo.

DEL /F /S /Q /A %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\thumbcache_*.db

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell" /V Logo /T REG_SZ /D imageres.dll,-3 /F

timeout 2 /nobreak>nul
start explorer.exe

3 UNDO Disable Folder Thumbnail Previews without Disabling File Thumbnail Previews

A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4.​

UNDO_Disable_folder_thumbnail_preivews_without_disabling_file_thumbnail_previews.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

echo.
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
timeout 2 /nobreak>nul
echo.

DEL /F /S /Q /A %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\thumbcache_*.db

REG Delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell" /V Logo /F

timeout 2 /nobreak>nul
start explorer.exe

4 Save the BAT file to your desktop.

5 Unblock and run the BAT file.

6 You will now see a command prompt open and close to run the commands in the BAT file.

7 You can now delete the BAT file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Like this one :thumbsup:. And what about vice versa ("File" thumbs off, "Folder" thumbs on)?
 

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Like this one :thumbsup:. And what about vice versa ("File" thumbs off, "Folder" thumbs on)?

I haven't found anything for only file thumbnail previews. Still an all or none with it. :(
 

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As always "To be or Not to be..." . Thanks.
 

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I tried this today on 22H2 (22621.1265) and it didn't work. The folder preview thumbnails are still there after running the batch file.
 

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I tried this today on 22H2 (22621.1265) and it didn't work. The folder preview thumbnails are still there after running the batch file.
Hello, and welcome. :alien:

I just tested this on build 25300, and it's currently still working on it.

You might test running the BAT file again to see if something may not have finished the first round.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Greetings.

Well, I tried this and it works but with one small problem at my NexusLite OS.

I can't figure out how to deal with this problem.
Would anyone be able to help me ?

I will explain my problem here.

Before using Disable_folder_thumbnail_preivews_without_disabling_file_thumbnail_previews.bat
I had such folders - very strange and very disturbing because I did not know whether it was already a file or still a folder at first glance.

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After using .Bat the folders appeared normal but I noticed that when I create a new folder a different icon appears.
afterbat.jpg




Could someone please help me?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11

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