Friday, October 14, 2005

File names missing in thumbnail view

Question from Denny:

"All of a sudden...only when I am in "thumbnail view" in "my Pictures"...the writing (heading) under each folder is'nt there. The folders are there...it's just that you have to float your cursor over each one so that the title of each one comes up. Once I go into any of the subfolders it's normal and ok. It's just the first "my pictures" main page. If I change view to icons, etc...I do get the headings or titles of the folders...but not in thumbnail view. Wierd huh? I hope you can help me"

Hi Denny,

See Tip #2 in the following page:

microsoft.com/technet/..tips/default.mspx

Which says:

To turn off filenames, hold down the Shift key when you click to open a folder in Windows Explorer or when you switch into thumbnail view. This will turn of the file names, giving more space for the thumbnails. Doing it again turns them back on.

Hope this helps!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ramesh,

Thanks!!! I was looking for a way to restore, didn't know it was this simple. Thanks a lot.

Kind regards from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks to Google and your blog for this tip! Tony, Reading, UK

Gerrard said...

Ramesh,

Thanks, this one's been driving me mad for ages! Couldn't figure out where the file names had gone.

Cheers, Gerrard, UK.

SKBalan said...

Hi Ramesh,

This is Great! Thanks a lot for this post! I was having the same problem and was worried that something went wrong seriously.

Do keep the good work going on! Best Wishes!
Regards,
Siva

marta said...

Thanks a lot.

My son was on my lap at the time whacking on the keyboard :)

Never knew of this feature until now :)

Anonymous said...

Worked perfectly, Cheers man

Anonymous said...

thanks, i've been looking for ways to fix it

KerepekUdang said...

thanks for the tip man. I've formatted my hhd many times now thinking it was an hdd error. never thought that it was this simple ^^

Anonymous said...

Ramesh,

thanks so much for pointing this out. I cannot understand why MS implemented such a silly "feature". This is terrible user interface design. How should one know that this strange behavior happened because one coincidentally hit shift while clicking...

Cheers,
Joachim

Anonymous said...

hey thanks a lot for this blog...i have been going crazy with this problem......

cheers

aditya
glasgow,scotland

Thameem said...

Thanks for the tip Ramesh. I was working on my system and later noticed that the filenames vanished. Your tip fixed it in no time.

Thanks - Thameem, UAE

Anonymous said...

You are awesome - thank you for posting this! I had the same problem and was having trouble finding the answer! Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Ditto. I thought my hard-disk was turning up its toes.
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

ufff...
thanks! It was driving me nuts

FyreNWater said...

i was scared when someone said i might have a virus. i tried this out and it fixed everything! thanks so much for sharing how to fix this!

rooter said...

Thanks a lot for this.

Joel said...

You are a legend... This little quirk of explorer has plagued me for some time. Thanks

Devon said...

AHH! I've been having to change the names of folders for SO long until I finally decided to Google for a solution, thanks so much for the tip!!

Shijina said...

Ramesh,

Thank you very much for this tip :)