bannerwelcome
Search Real Knowledge
View Sitemap | Search Tips
 Home   Advertise  File Downloads Computer Center Windows XP Tips Vista Tips  Glossary  News Letters  Resources 

What's Up With This Thumbs.db File That's All Over My System

Beginning with Windows Millennium, Microsoft added easier access to the Thumbnail View feature by directly placing it into the View option that appears within the top tool bar area of Windows Explorer and My Computer. This way if you entered a folder containing pictures, you could easily view the folder contents in Thumbnail View and see all the pictures in Thumbnail format. This feature is also included within Windows XP.

However, whenever you would change the Folder View back to Icons, Tiles, List and/or Details, a mystery file called Thumbs.db is created within that folder. This thumbs.db file is generated by Windows and is simply a database file containing a list of the images you displayed in Thumbnail View. No harm is done to your system during their creation and no harm comes about by deleting them. The only drawback is if you have a lot of folders with a lot of pictures and view them in Thumbnail View. Then they can consume up valuable hard disk space. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to search for and delete all of these Thumbs.db files.

line

For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Search and then Click on the All files and folders option.
  3. In the All or part of the file name: box type in Thumbs.db
  4. Quickly ensure that the Look in: pull-down menu is set to Local Hard Drives (C:)
  5. Now Click on the Search button to search for all Thumbs.db files on your system.
  6. In the All or part of the file name box type in Thumbs.db
  7. After the Search completes, click on the word Edit contained in your top tool bar area.
  8. This will pull down a menu for you to now click on Select All.
  9. Now Press the Delete key on your keyboard to delete all the Thumbs.db files on your system.
  10. Then Close the Search Results window to return back to your Windows session.

For Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Now Click on Search and then Click on For Files or Folders.
  3. In the Search for files or folders named: box type in Thumbs.db
  4. Quickly ensure that the Look in: pull-down menu is set to Local Hard Drives (C:)
  5. Now Click on the Search Now button to search for all Thumbs.db files on your system.
  6. In the All or part of the file name box type in Thumbs.db
  7. After the Search completes, click on the word Edit contained in your top tool bar area.
  8. This will pull down a menu for you to now click on Select All.
  9. Now Press the Delete key on your keyboard to delete all the Thumbs.db files on your system.
  10. Then Close the Search Results window to return back to your Windows session.
line

Want To Get The Best Prices Available?
line
E-Mail
Darren@nypoet.com