October 21, 2011

Do you keep seeing a file on your computer called thumbs.db? Ever wonder what that is? Thumbs.db is a special file used by Windows XP. It’s a collection of thumbnail images of pictures in the current folder. Thumbnail images, in case you don’t know, are small versions of bigger pictures. Thumbs.db is not used in Windows Vista or Windows 7.

thumbs.db is a hidden file so if you are seeing this file, that means your computer is set to show hidden files, which is not recommended.

To turn off the display of hidden files in Windows XP, follow this procedure.

  1. Click on Start and then click on Control Panel.

  2. On the left side of the control panel, if it says “Switch to Classic View”, click on that. If it says “Switch to Category View”, proceed to the next step.

  3. Double-click on “Folder Options”

  4. At the top of the Folder Options window, click on the “View” tab.

  5. Under “Advanced Settings”, you should see an option called “Hidden files and folders”. Underneath that, click on the circle to the left of “Do not show hidden files and folders”

  6. While you are here, you might want to make sure that there is a checkmark next to “Hide extensions for known file types” and “Hide protected operating system files”.

  7. Click OK and then close the Control Panel and you are done.

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