Thumbs.db: Prevent Windows from Creating Thumbnail Cache

Posted June 19, 2004 by AlexTheBeast in Windows

Thumbs.dl files are everywhere. If you do not want Windows to save the thumbnail cache, you can make a few adjustments so that it will not.


When a folder is in thumbnail view, Windows creates a thumbnail cache in order to function in this view. This cache is saved so that Windows does not have to regenerate these thumbnail files everytime somebody views the folder.

Some users find this creation of thumbs.dl files to be a nuisance since the files take up valuable space on the hard drive and since Windows sometimes will automatically change the default view for a folder if it contains the thumbs.db file.

Here is how to turn off the thumbnail cache and thus the creation of the thumbs.db files:

    1. Navigate to the Control Panel.
    2. Select Folder Options.
    3. Click the View tab.
    4. Under advanced settings, select Do Not Cache Thumbnails.
    5. Click OK.

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