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Can't see Icons in "Thumbnail" view in Windows Explorer.

By thewolfe ยท 7 replies
Dec 11, 2002
  1. Can't see Icons in "Thumbnail" view in Windows Explorer.

    I have messed around changing some of my standard icons and have changed some associations and know am unable to view the picture of the icon in Windows Explorer in "Thumbnail" view.

    What is the default File association for icons .ico?

    On my Me machine they are not associated with any program. However, in Win2k the "Always use this program...." is grayed out so I can't set it to no association.

    I have also downloaded and been using Ifile, IconShop and IconEdit32.

    Hope I've made this somewhat clear
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,218

    See if IconShop or IconEdit32 either one will give you the option of associating .ico files, through their "settings" or "options". If you have an image viewer that supports .ico file extensions, you can associate them with it.

    What is your default image viewer? If it has the ability to view .ico files, then you can associate them with it.

    If you can't associate it through one of the programs interface, then you can do it through any Windows Explorer window.. Just click Tools in the menu at the top and choose Folder Options>File Types>then find the extension and change the program that opens it.
  3. thewolfe

    thewolfe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 237

    I can view the icons in acouple of the edit programs but...I would like to be able to see the icons in "Thumnail" view while in Window Explorer.

    I know it's possible bewcause it works on my WinMe machine.
  4. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Posts: 322

    If your using XP, Use "ICON" view instead of "THUMBNAIL" view...

    Its worth a shot...
  5. thewolfe

    thewolfe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 237

    If you mean under "Views", I'm on Thumbnail.
  6. thewolfe

    thewolfe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 237



    Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 192573

    To resolve this issue, verify that the following registry entries exist for the type of file that you are trying to preview:

    Registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\file type\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}

    Value: (Default)="{7376D660-C583-11d0-A3A5-00C04FD706EC}"

    Thanks for he help.
  7. bjc

    bjc TS Rookie

    Same Icon Issues

    I know it's been a while since anyone's added to this forum but I thought I'd add the solution I found to the same issue...

    I had 4 Icon programs on my computer and uninstalled 3 and then I couldn't get the file associations back... I found this


    Web Site and simply did this:

    In explorer, open Tools/Folder Options/Filetypes
    Click on "New"
    Type "ico" in the box
    Click "Advanced"
    It should choose "Icon File" automatically.
    If it doesn't, select it from the drop down box.

    There's more info on the site but that's all it took for me! FYI: I have Windows XP Service Pack 2
  8. pravin_sn

    pravin_sn TS Rookie

    I also faced the same problem and came across this posting while searching for a solution.

    I solved it by doing this in Windows Explorer
    a) Go to menu option \Tools\Folder Options\File Types
    b) Search for the .ico entry in the list of file extensions. On my system, this showed that ico files were associated with Microsoft Paint.
    c) Click on 'Restore' button and then click OK and close the window

    Bingo ! Now you can see all the icons.

    I download 800 icons from html~Creek http://datacreek.com/design/ and am able to see all of them in the 'Thumbnail' view of Windows Explorer. My OS is Windows 2000.
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