Quick Tips: Removing thumbs.db files

When viewing a folder with the Thumbnail view, WindowsXP creates a thumbs.db file. Find out how to turn this feature off.

When viewing a folder with the Thumbnail view, WindowsXP creates a thumbs.db file. This is a cache of the current...

pictures in that directory. If you want to turn this feature off and save a little disk space, do the following:

  1. Start the Windows Explorer.
  2. Go to Tools / Folder Options / View.
  3. In the first section under Files and Folders, check Do not cache thumbnails.
  4. Now you can search for the thumbs.db file on your computer and remove them.

This was last published in June 2006

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