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What is Thumbs.db? And how do I get rid of the Thumbs.db file?!

September 14th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Ahhhhh! This stupid thumbs.db file is showing up everywhere and I can’t get rid of it! What is it and why is it in almost every folder?


Thumbs.db is a “Windows Thumbnail Cache” file. This file stores thumbnails of all thumbnail-able items in that one folder for quicker viewing access. These include files with the following extensions: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF, AVI, PDF, PPT and HTML.

Will I lose my pictures or the ability to view thumbnails if I delete this file?
No you won’t lose any data or functionality if you delete the thumbs.db file… but it will keep coming back unless you do the following:

  1. Double click the “My Computer” icon on your Desktop or Start Menu to bring up an Explorer window.
  2. On the top menu, click “Options” and then “Folder Options”
    Explorer Window
  3. Click the “View” tab and check the “Do not cache thumbnails” options.
    Do not cache thumbnails

That’s it!

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