Microsoft ended the support of thumbnail preview of folders in its latest version of Windows 11. The file is simply now shown with a usual folder logo. Thumbnail preview was an important thing for many peoples, they have to work with many images, have to attach them somewhere then they often attach the wrong image, without folder preview. As the folder preview provides a preview of the file or image on the home screen only, it is easy to find and search for the required file or image.
Is it possible to enable folder thumbnail preview in Windows 11?
Frankly speaking, it is not possible to get a thumbnail preview of the folder in Windows 11, at least to date. Only the shape of the folder icon will be changed into small or big, nothing else than this.
However, you can try to download and install the WindowsThumbnailGenerator from GitHub. Also, keep in mind that you will be required .NET 5.0 Desktop runtime tool in order to use the tool. The thumbnail preview you get using this tool isn’t identical to that of Windows 11. But, at least, you will be able to get a short glimpse of the folder.
The tool uses ImageMagick with C# to generate composite thumbnails from the files in your folders. Also, the tool currently supports only image and video folder previews. Maybe, the support of more files will be added in future, but we are very unsure about that.
Rollback to Windows 10 for folder thumbnail
If folder thumbnail preview is one of the important things in your PC and it is a must required function for you, then you should roll back to Windows 10. Rolling back to Windows 10 is the best possible method, using which, you can get thumbnail previews of the folders in your Windows PC. As a reminder, you can downgrade to Windows 10 for up to 10 days after installing it. If more than 10 days have passed, you must manually uninstall Windows 11 and reinstall Windows 10.
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