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How To Enable Thumbnail View

Beginning with Windows Millennium, Microsoft provided us with an additional folder viewing option known as View as Thumbnail. This option resides within the View menu contained in the top toolbar area of My Computer and the Windows Explorer program. This way if we are within a folder containing graphics, we can choose this viewing option and instantly see all our pictures in full graphic format etc. Windows 98 does provide us with a similar thumbnail viewing feature, but we have to manually enable it on an individual folder basics. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to enable the Thumbnail View feature.

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For Windows Millennium And Windows XP

  1. For demonstration purposes, we will enable Thumbnail View upon the local (C:) drive folder.
  2. Double click on the My Computer icon on your Desktop until it opens.
  3. Then double click on your (C:) drive until it opens up for you.
  4. Now click on the word View, which is contained in your top tool bar area.
  5. This will pull down a menu for you to now click on Thumbnails.
  6. Notice how your icons and folders become formatted with a small border around them.
  7. If there are any graphic pictures contained in this folder, they will now be displayed for you.
  8. This Thumbnails option will appear within the View menu for you to select at your option.
  9. Unfortunately, enabling Thumbnail View to a folder will not enable this feature to subfolders.
  10. Therefore, you will have to select Thumbnail View to all your subfolders one by one.

Once again, Windows Millennium and Windows XP have the Thumbnail View selection residing within the View menu contained in the top toolbar area of My Computer and the Windows Explorer program.

Enabling Thumbnail View In Windows 98

  1. For demonstration purposes, we will enable Thumbnail View to the My Documents folder.
  2. Double click on the My Computer icon on your Desktop until it opens.
  3. Then double click on your (C:) drive until it opens up for you.
  4. Then right click on the My Documents folder and choose Properties from the menu.
  5. Now place a check mark in the box next to Enable thumbnail view at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Then click the OK button to save your settings and exit the My Documents Properties window.
  7. Now double click on the My Documents folder until it opens up for you.
  8. Then click on the word View, which is contained in your top tool bar area.
  9. This will pull down a menu for you to now click on Thumbnails.
  10. This Thumbnails option will appear within the View menu for all folders enabled as above.
  11. Unfortunately, enabling Thumbnail View to a folder will not enable this feature to subfolders.
  12. Therefore, you will have to manually enable Thumbnail View to subfolders one by one.
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