Quickly Enable or Disable Thumbnails from Right-Click Menu in Windows 7 & Vista

Windows7 logo Here is a quick way to easily Enable or Disable Thumbnail previews from right click context menu in Windows explorer. This tip is basically for Windows 7 and Vista users who have opted to show icons only, in order to speed up browsing inside explorer.

To Disable Thumbnail Previews (Show Icons only) in Windows 7 or Vista, open Folder Options > View tab. Now check the first option saying ‘Always show icons, never thumbnails’. Click OK

Show icons only

Adding the Enable/Disable Thumbnails option to right-click menu –

1. Download togglethumbs.zip and save it.

2. Unzip the archive and extract the contents to a folder.

3. Move the file togglethumbs.vbs to the C:\Windows directory.

4. Then Double-click togglethumbs.reg to merge the contents to the registry. Click Yes on the confirmation dialog boxes.

The ‘Enable/Disable Thumbnails’ has now been added to the right click context menu. Click it to enable or disable thumbnail previews in 1-click 😀

New Enable/Disable Thumbnails option

Thanks to Ramesh of Winhelponline for providing this great solution.

Note – You can also remove this feature using the Undo registry file provided in pack.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

2 Responses

  1. neelmoney says:

    Thanks friend, I am just collecting tips for windows 7 .I got one here.

  2. rajesh says:

    thanks man. this is cool.. this is one of the feature i missed so mush in vista and win7. i dont know why they dont understand and made it so nonsense in these OS.
    thanks again

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