How Do I Get Video Thumbnails to Show up in Explorer in Windows 8?

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How Do I Get Video Thumbnails to Show up in Explorer in Windows 8?

After the successful installation of Windows 8, every time certain type of files are saved in a folder, the icon of the folder changes, and starts representing the type of files that it has. Many times a small tilted cascaded view of the files is displayed as the icon of the folder. However, when users open that folder, the icons of the files that it has are displayed quite normally along with their corresponding names.

This default configuration is appreciated and mostly used in corporate sectors where only specific and important files are stored in the computers, and users are quite familiar with them. On the other hand, in homes (or sometimes in production environments as well) users might want to eliminate the requirement of double-clicking every video file to view its contents. When such is the case, they can configure Windows 8 to display the thumbnails of the video files that the target folder contains.

Although modifying the size of the icons of a folder becomes effective for all types of files that the folder contains, it is strongly recommended that each folder should contain certain types of files only. For example, video files should be kept in one folder, and audio files should be kept in a separate folder. Likewise document and excel sheet files should be kept in their corresponding separate folders as well.

How to Show Thumbnails for Video Files

To enable Windows 8 to show thumbnails for video files in Explorer, step-by-step instructions given below should be followed:

  • Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator or standard user account.
  • Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop window.
  • Once on the desktop screen, click File Explorer icon from the taskbar.
  • On the opened Libraries window, navigate to locate the video files that are to be viewed in thumbnail preview.
  • Once located, right-click anywhere on the white area.
  • From the context menu that appears, hover mouse to View.
  • From the displayed submenu, click Extra large icons or Large icons option to get the video thumbnails in Windows 8.
  • Close the opened window when done.