Change Preview Pictures Of Folders In Windows Vista – 7

Tricks to Change Image of Folder Thumbnail Preview in Windows Vista Explorer

Windows Vista provides you multiple choices for selecting the preferred type of display of files and folders. In this OS, when you open “Windows Explorer” window, you can select to display all the files and folders list in Tiles view, Medium Icons, Large Icons or Extra Large Icons.

Windows Vista OS displays a preview thumbnail on the folders icons with the help of the contents present inside the folders. These contents are usually image and picture or any file type icon if no graphic file is present in the folder.

In “Windows Explorer” window, the facility of previewing thumbnail picture on the icon of folder listing lets you to get a fast and ample glance about the file contents inside of the folders. However sometimes, the preview image of the thumbnail is not the one of that you want. In such types of cases, you can modify it or you can define yourself an image to be used, to be located and displayed on folder icon.

In order to do this you have to follow the steps given below: –

  1. Go to “Windows Explorer” and then at folder parent level after that right click on that folder of which you want to change preview image. Now select Properties from the menu which appears.
  2. Just click on Customize button.
  3. Just below “Folder pictures” section, you have to click on “Choose File” option.
  4. Select “Browse” on the dialog box appears, and then you’ll need to select an image to represent the folder, plus to display on the folder icon, and then click Open.
  5. The picture selected by you will be displayed as thumbnail preview image on the icon of the folder instantly.
  6. To relapse the setting or to remove the modifications you had done, just click on Restore Default button.

Here is an alternative method:

  1. Firstly, copy the picture in .JPG or .GIF extension from that folder, which you want to preview.
  2. Simply, rename the image file name as Folder. For instance, Image xxxx.jpg must be renamed as foldername.jpg, which is corresponding to the folder name.
  3. Set the selected folder-picture file as hidden to avoid displaying it while listing out folder’s contents.
  4. To relapse back the original Windows Vista assigned folder pictures you just have to delete the foldername.jpg file.

Note: – File extensions like .BMP and .PNG are not supported for the alternative method.

Change Folder / File View Of All Inner Folders And Files In Windows

Windows XP Tricks – Changing All the Folder Views and File Views Simultaneously

Sometimes when you are looking at a folder which has got hundreds of files, having the Folder View or File View as Thumbnails or Tiles can be quite exasperating. You would prefer it better as List View or Details View, so that you would not have to scroll up and down much, trying to find the files.

Similarly, if you are looking for music video files and if you are quite unsure about the names of your newly downloaded music files, you would better prefer the Folder View to be Thumbnails. The Thumbnails images might help you to quickly identify the file you want to play.

Well, let me tell you about the easy way in which you can change the folder and file view of your computers in a couple of simple steps.

Click on the ‘My Computer’ icon on your computer desktop.

On the top, select the “View” tab and select the folder view according to your preference. You get to select between thumbnails, list, icons, tiles and details. Once you make the appropriate choice, go to the “Tools” tab, and select the last option, “Folder Options”.

In the “Folder Options” box, you’ll need to select the “View” tab. Now, on the upper half, you will see quite a big button which reads, “Apply to All Folders“. Just click on that button.

Now when you go to any drives or folders of files, you will see that the default folder view or file view has changed, according to the one that you had chosen.