How do I set Windows Explorer to shot Image Thumbnails?

I frequently switch between machines; Windows 7, Windows 8, and Server 2008 R2. Some times when I review a folder containing image files the image thumbnail is displayed, and other times the same image type shows as a generic image placeholder. It is very frustrating, and I can't work out what the setting is to switch the thumbnail display on.

My specific problem is with Corel Draw, PNG, and TIFF Files on a new Windows 8 installation. If I double-click any of the images the appropriate application opens the file. But in the Explorer window all the images are visible as a generic.

I am not at the specific machine at the moment so I tried to view the 'images' folder of one of my web servers - and there they are; rows of little generic images in place of thumbnails?

Can someone assist me understand how to switch the displayed files to the actual image?
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Hello Bird575

You need to associate the respected files to their default programs. I have attached the document for you to follow which will fix your issues.


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Try this...

Hit the windows key + r

type: control folders in the dialogue  box and hit enter

Uncheck "Always show icons, never thumbnails" and click "Apply to all Folders" then click okay.

Plus make sure the view is on medium icons.
Bird757Author Commented:
The first comment is necessary (associate the file type with a program). But the Folder Option to show Icons I had not seen.

Thank you.
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