Thumbnail Display Problem

Category: Quickies , Windows


Suddenly Explorer can no longer display thumbnails. Except for .bmp files all I get is black line box with the blue E -- NOT a thumbnail of the .jpg or .gif file. Short of FORMAT what can I change to fix this annoyance?


I'll betcha that cleaning out your Temporary Files will do the trick. When the Temporary Files folder fills up, Explorer behaves very strangely. A related problem is trying to save a graphic from a website with "Save As" and it presents only the BMP format option.

From Internet Explorer, click on Tools, Internet Options, and then Delete Files under the Temporary Internet Files.

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Posted by:

29 Aug 2005

Try re-installing the Windows Media Player. I suspect that the file associations for the graphic-format files got messed up somehow, and these associations have to be restored.

Posted by:

Jock McGillicuddy
20 Aug 2008

When using Windows Explorer in XP SP3 I have selected "Duration" as a field under Details to show the time of my music & video clips. Irrespective of file type the Duration column remains empty! I have tried de selecting it and re selecting again but it makes no difference - Any suggestions Bob?

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Duration column only contains info for my MP3 (audio) files, but not my MPG (video) files. What kind of files are you viewing?

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