Tip Sections
Click to expand Windows:

Click to expand Apple:

Click to expand PDA's:

Click to expand Internet Browsers:

Click to expand Office:

Click to expand Misc:

News Sections
News Search
XML/RSS Newsfeeds
Pocket PC Site

How To Guides
How To Edit The Registry
How To Back Up Files
Before Changing Settings

How To Back Up Files
Before Changing Settings

Contacting Us
Send In A Tip
Tip Corrections

Designer Dream
Join Our Affiliation Program


Home : Windows XP : Turn Off Thumbnail Caching


Tip of the day
When entering a URL into Internet Explorer - just write the name of the site and then press CTRL and Return together to add the www. and .com at the end.

Windows XP - Tips Section
Turn Off Thumbnail Caching
Posted By: Byron Hinson
Last Updated: September 4th 2003
Tip Difficulty Level: Novice

Another very basic tip here. Every time you go into a folder which contains either pictures or movies, Windows creates a thumbnail image so you can get an idea of what the picture/movie content will be. The thumbnail cache helps speed up access to the thumbnails instead of having them load up every time you go into a folder, but each picture you have in a folder will take up around 2kb's, so imagine a folder with 200 photos and what size the cache could end up being.

How This Tip Works

The fact is though that these days having a thumbnail cache isn't that important, the thumbnails load up here in my machine in seconds without it. So here is how you remove the caching system for thumbnails:

  1. Click on "CONTROL PANEL" from the Start Menu.
  2. Click on "FOLDER OPTIONS" in the Control Panel.
  3. Click the view tab
  4. Finally - tick the "DO NOT CACHE THUMBNAILS" box and then click APPLY.

Your Windows XP system will now no longer cache thumbnails. If you wish to go back to caching them, get back to the folder options menu like we did about and untick the box.


Return to the ActiveNetwork Return to the tips index

Designed By Designer Dream