How to disable thumbnails for files on Windows 10

Even in our era of fast-paced PCs, many people utilize removable or connected drives that can be slow and frustrating to browse, especially when we have to wait for each new thumbnail to load into File Explorer. Fortunately, by disabling thumbnails completely it is easy to speed up file browsing in file explorer. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to disable thumbnails for files on Windows 10.

Disable thumbnails for files on Windows 10

To disable thumbnails for files on Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step.

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type File Explorer in the search box and then click the File Explorer as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the File Explorer option, the following screen will appear in front of you.

Click the View tab from the top ribbon on the File Explorer screen as highlighted in the above image. Another ribbon will appear under the first bar as the following image is showing.

Now click the Options option from this ribbon as highlighted in the above image. It will show another option as the following image is showing.

Now click the Change folders and search options option as highlighted in the above image. As soon as you click the Change folders and search options option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Click the View tab as highlighted in the above image. It will show the following options as this image is showing.

Check the Always show icons, never thumbnails checkbox. After that, click the Apply and then the OK button as highlighted in the above image.

Now thumbnails for all files will be disabled.

Conclusion

To check the new environment, open a folder full of documents or photos if you like. Instead of thumbnails, you can only see regular icons of each file which will most likely speed up your potential file browsing experience. By following this procedure, you will be able to disable thumbnails for files on Windows 10.

 

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