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    Getting rid of my thumbs

    When I zip or catalogue pictures on my PC, I often see a Thumbs.db file that is lying around in the zip file or folder. Why is this there, where does it come from and can it be disabled as I find myself deleting it constantly with no markable results in effect?!!

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    Re: Getting rid of my thumbs

    You could ask Jezza to cut off your thumbs with his chainsaw. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    The Thumbs.db is automatically created when you view a folder containing images in thumbnail view. Next time, the folder will be displayed faster.

    If you don't want this:
    - Open Windows Explorer.
    - Select Tools | Folder Options...
    - Activate the View tab.
    - Tick the check box "Do not cache thumbnails".
    - Click OK.

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    Re: Getting rid of my thumbs

    Thumbs.db is Microsoft's way of caching thumbnail images of any image or movie file in a folder. The idea behind creating a thumbnail cache is to improve the speed of displaying thumbnails the next time you open the folder by caching a set of thumbnails for the image and video files in the folder

    If you want to turn OFF this feature:

    1 Open up the Control Panel
    2 Select Folder Options
    3 Click the View tab (see picture below)
    4 Check "Do not cache thumbnails"
    5 Click the OK button
    Jerry

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    Re: Getting rid of my thumbs

    Very much I you both thank. That my question does answer from both you sides. I see also the impeccable timings at 16:54 as both post you replied to me came at this time through.
    You have made me cheerful at the moment

    PS: As can you see....having the thumbs now from my cache removed...it my language order has affected, so I now type sllooowwww...
    Regards,
    Rudi

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    I'm trying to consolidate disk memory. I've read that deleting Thumbs.db files can save space.

    If I delete the files without turning off the cache feature, will the thumbnails be created again?

    Is there a reason not to turn this feature off?

    Can I turn it back on again?

    These are likely simple questions, but these days it seems that it doesn't take much to scramble the whole system.

    Thanks.

    Neal

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    [quote name='NealNYC' post='765685' date='16-Mar-2009 15:32'][/quote]

    Deleting those files will save a small amount of space. You might want to use a tool such as CCleaner - Home. You can set many options and you always get to review what it is going to do before proceeding.

    Joe

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    [quote name='NealNYC' post='765685' date='16-Mar-2009 21:32'][/quote]
    You won't save much disk space by deleting Thumbs.db files - probably not more than some megabytes (MB). With today's hard disks, that's insignificant.

    If you leave caching thumbnails turned on (in the View tab of Tools | Folder Options in Windows Explorer) when deleting the Thumbs.db files, they will be created again as soon as you look at a folder in thumbnail view, either in Windows Explorer or in the Open or Save dialog of an application.

    If you don't want the thumbnail feature, you can turn off caching thumbnails, and if you change your mind, you can turn it back on whenever you want.

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    That makes complete sense.

    It sounds fundamental, but seeing it in the context of the Lounge gives it credibility.

    The reason I even considered deleting the Thumbs files is that I just discovered that my 80 gig hard drive is down to a mere 5 gigs of available memory. I have no idea what could have occupied so much space. I don't even know where to look to see what's in there. As far as I can tell, the data files I've created and work with don't take up that much space.

    As ever, all suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks.

    Neal

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    SequoiaView is a small, free and handy tool to find which files and folders take up a lot of space on your hard disk.

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