How to turn off image preview in Windows 10

Windows 10 File Explorer can be customized with a variety of options. One of them is the activation of Thumbnails in graphic files. Although this function is very useful for quickly recognizing the content of each file, it can seriously affect the performance of the system, especially when we open a folder with a lot of images. To avoid this situation, you can ask the browser to show each file’s icon instead of the preview.

To do this, open any folder and click on view.

Open view settingsOpen view settings

Open the additional options window with the button Options.

Open other display optionsOpen other display options

In the pop-up window, open the tab view. Then you search under the section Files and Folders die Option Always show Icons, never thumbnails. Enable this feature by ticking the box on the left.

Enable icons and disable thumbnailsEnable icons and disable thumbnails

To save the changes use the button Apply. Then close the options window to view the result.

Apply to save changesApply to save changes

If you go into a directory with graphic files, you will notice that the preview is no longer displayed. Instead, the file browser will always load the default icon. There is only one exception to this rule. ICO files will still have their own thumbnail because they are an icon themselves.

Image icon instead of thumbnailImage icon instead of thumbnail

This setting applies to all folders in the system. However, if you want it to only apply to a specific folder, you can use the File Explorer view, which doesn’t show preview thumbnails. For example, if you are the rider view reopen, you can view Details activate.

Switch to detail viewSwitch to detail view

The other two views that don’t show thumbnails are Small Icons and List. You can use any of these three options to prevent Windows from loading the previews of your image files.

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