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Adobe Photoshop CS2 Thumbnails PSD File in Windows Explorer

Posted by David  •  Nov 11th, 2006 2:34:02 pm - Subscribe | Mood: good | Music: Lazard - 4 O'Clock In The Morning

So where did the Adobe Photoshop CS2 Thumbnails in Windows Explorer go? They simply disappeared! Well actually CS2 no longer supports thumbnail .PSD files in Windows anymore. But using the instuctions below, you can get them back in no time


  1. Download this file to a temporary folder.
  2. Shut down all Adobe programs.
  3. Set a ’system return point’ to allow you to rollback the changes should anything go wrong (if your system supports it).
  4. Unzip it to C:Program Files Common Files Adobe Shell. You could quite likely already have either of the DLL files. No matter.
  5. Run ‘aiicon.dll.reg’ by double clicking it.
  6. Run ‘psicon.dll.reg’ by double clicking it.


As Requested
How to Create a System Restore in Windows XP

Thats it! Go check your PSD files, they should be back!

Source:
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anonymous Says:
November 26th, 2006

I've hated not having previews of psd for ever! I finally searched and found this! Thank you so very very much!
WooHoo!!! I've got thumbnails!

anonymous Says:
December 07th, 2006

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Not having psd thumbnails was really cramping my work style!!!

anonymous Says:
December 20th, 2006

id done this with tips elsewhere but it didnt work right. i downloaded some thumbnails lite program and it gave me errors. searched again, found your page and everything is back! Thanks!

anonymous Says:
January 04th, 2007

Hmmm, it seems Adobe removed this functionality with Windows Explorer because it can potentially delete your files... Or so I have heard!

I've never had any problems with it though, but be careful and back your work up! wink.gif

anonymous Says:
February 23rd, 2007

you, my friend, are a God. Thank You.

anonymous Says:
March 10th, 2007

These files are a godsent. I don't understand why Adobe does not provide them. Work great with CS2 and Windows XP SP2.

anonymous Says:
March 19th, 2007

It worked very well for me, thank-you. I prefer to use explorer to look at my files and organise them rather than the adobe bridge. I've used this reg file for months now with no problems and I'm very thankfull for you providing it for free, happy.gif

anonymous Says:
March 22nd, 2007

wow! this is amazing! it worked well
thanks a lot!

anonymous Says:
April 16th, 2007

Me too, just wanted to say thanks! happy.gif It's been bugging me for ages...

anonymous Says:
April 18th, 2007

hmm doesnt work for me, Im running Vista does that matter?

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david Says:
April 18th, 2007

Possibly anonymous April 18th, 2007...this has only been tested on Windows XP.

anonymous Says:
May 05th, 2007

Nice one, thumbs back again in explorer grin.gif
I'm not a fan of using adobe bridge, it runs too slow, even on a good system.

anonymous Says:
May 18th, 2007

One BIg Thanks from Macedonia!

anonymous Says:
May 19th, 2007

whoo, finally, thanks for this!

btw. had a hard time to find that system restore point thing in windows.. perhaps you should aim a littel more wink.gif

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david Says:
May 22nd, 2007

I have a created an article on how to create a system restore point just in case things go wrong with Adobe Photoshops Thumbnail PSD Files.

anonymous Says:
May 24th, 2007

You are a my hero! Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo!

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david Says:
May 24th, 2007

No problem, glad to help out.

anonymous Says:
May 25th, 2007

Thank you so much -- works just fine in Vista Home Premium. :-)

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david Says:
May 25th, 2007

Awesome bud, glad to see that its good to go. on the next generation of Windows.

anonymous Says:
June 15th, 2007

Awsome !!

anonymous Says:
July 04th, 2007

doenst work. do i have to reboot after installing?

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david Says:
July 04th, 2007

Nope it will automatically start working, be sure your view is in 'thumbnails'.

anonymous Says:
July 11th, 2007

where adobe photoshop autosave file or back file has been store and how to recover those

anonymous Says:
July 11th, 2007

I could not get the Photoshop thumbnails to work, even after rebooting, _until_ I did a manual right-click and "refresh thumbnail". The other reg file generated an error about not being able to access the registry -- even in safe mode. A few things I noticed (though changing them did not make a difference): The aiicon.dll.reg file seems to reference a file named allcon.dll, but the dll file you provide is named aiicon.dll. Also, in the aiicon.dll.reg file, there seem to be spaces or hard-line breaks in some words, such as "Ico nHandler". FYI. But, my main concern was PS. Thanks for your help.

anonymous Says:
July 17th, 2007

I can't find the "shell" file. Can anyone help????????

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david Says:
July 17th, 2007

Create a folder in your Common Files folder and call it: Adobe Shell

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david Says:
August 11th, 2007

No you must download the file from here. From there you may go off line and install...if thats what you are referring to.

anonymous Says:
August 19th, 2007

thank you so muuuchhh!!!! god, it's wonderful. i've been trying to fight it for such a long time!!

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david Says:
August 19th, 2007

Not a problem, glad I could help.

anonymous Says:
September 05th, 2007

You are an utter blessing. I can now easily categorize 6 years of photoshop file sooo much easier. thank you thank you thank you!!! I kiss you.

anonymous Says:
September 09th, 2007

It worked a treat for me - I would, however, like to know the location (path) of the entries that are placed in the registry just so that they could be removed if necessary. Does anyone know?

anonymous Says:
September 10th, 2007

cool! it worked! thanks!

tim923 Says:
September 14th, 2007

Extract files to: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell

You may have to add that Shell folder like me. Double click both registration files.

tim923 Says:
September 14th, 2007

C(colon)(backslash)Program Files(backlash)Common Files(backslash)Adobe(backslash)Shell

My backslash and colon didn't show up.

anonymous Says:
September 16th, 2007

HAHA! It works like a charm on Windows XP Pro with Photoshop CS3.

Thank you so much, I've needed this forever. =D

- Stewart.CelerMedia

anonymous Says:
September 28th, 2007

Works! Windows XP Pro SP2 + Adobe Photoshop CS2

anonymous Says:
October 08th, 2007

thanks alot that was easy.. just took 1 minutes of my time to google it and problem solved. should have done this months back.

-davezak

anonymous Says:
October 25th, 2007

For Photoshop CS3 and Illustrator CS3, you'll need to create the Shell directory, but other than that, it takes only a few minutes to do and works fantastic for the new Adobe Creative Suite.

anonymous Says:
November 09th, 2007

Great! Worked with CS3 and Vista. I tried it beforehand and it didn't work. This time I did it all with administrator privileges, (including registry edit) and voila! Thanks!

anonymous Says:
November 19th, 2007

Hi@ all!
Can someone pleace helpe to view the thumbnails under windows xp x64?!
Thanks for your help!

anonymous Says:
November 22nd, 2007

I completed all the steps listed, but didn't help. Image priviews are also saved in Photoshop. No thumbnails. Can somebody help?happy.gif

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david Says:
November 22nd, 2007

THis worked in Vista, be sure you follow the directions step by step...and if a directory doesnt exist when following these steps...then create one, and proceed.

anonymous Says:
November 26th, 2007

Just installed CS3 on a WinXP sp2 ... got 'em back! Thumnails are go - David, you're a legend !

... now if I can just find a way to thumbnail MP4 videos from my Nokia N93i ...

anonymous Says:
December 05th, 2007

Yes, Yes, Yes...I will throw my accolades on the pile also. A very heavy picture utilizer I was frustrated to death without psd icons and resorted to saving in (UGH) tiff but now I can go back to psd. Worked flawlessly...thank you very much! kdl

anonymous Says:
December 06th, 2007

It worked for my XP as well. I did have to create a Shell folder within the Adobe folder, and some I have to right-click and refresh thumbnail, but nevertheless, YEA!

anonymous Says:
December 13th, 2007

Thanks for this mod, worked great!

anonymous Says:
January 01st, 2008

THANKS BUNCHES - this is VERY useful and will be linked from my blog, frequented by digital scrapbookers

anonymous Says:
January 07th, 2008

At the end, I suppose Adobe Disabled the icon to force everyone to used the Adobe Bridge, which it's good but quite clumsy! This DLLs were sent from Heaven.

OS: Windows Xp-Sp2, INtel Dual Core

anonymous Says:
January 26th, 2008

Thanks! It was a pain not having previews of psd. I searched and found this! Thank you so much!
I ran the files per your instructions and got thumbnails!

anonymous Says:
February 07th, 2008

What can I say... thanks a lot mate!

anonymous Says:
February 08th, 2008

Good Work - its quite interesting and work very easily - save lots of time to recognising the files by names- THAAAAAAAAAANK YOUUUUUUUU

anonymous Says:
February 23rd, 2008

AWSOME!
thanks to the programmer and everyone or whoever brought this to the public.

(little side note, you do not need to have photoshop or any other adobe program installed, or to specify... adobe reader is the only INSTALLED program i have and the tumbnails STILL show for every psd image!)

anonymous Says:
February 24th, 2008

when i double click it is request open file with ?? what do i use

thanks

anonymous Says:
March 11th, 2008

I can follow your instructions to Adobe/Shell. I don't see Shell on my computer. I'm using Windows XP, PSCS2. Where do I find the Shell?

anonymous Says:
March 12th, 2008

Thanks a lot!! Great job!

anonymous Says:
March 12th, 2008

I tried this on Vista Home Premium, followed the steps completely and it didn't work. I really wanted this as it would save me a lot of time with work when I have to open so many PSDs just to find the one I'm looking for.

anonymous Says:
March 14th, 2008

When we double-click on the files: aiicon.dll.reg and psicon.dll.reg (in the shell folder) we were then able to view the Illustrator and Photoshop CS3 thumbnails in Internet Explorer. However, there seems to be inconsistency in viewing the Illustrator thumbnails all the time. I've had to go back into the "shell" folder and re-click on the aiicon.dll.reg file in order to view again. Has anyone run into this? Do you know what is wrong?

anonymous Says:
March 17th, 2008

I am running Vista with CS2, followed the directions, including creating the shell, didn't work for me. I tried it twice. I wish it had worked for me. Congrats to those of you who it did work for. And thanks for taking the time to post this. It's awesome for those it works for.

anonymous Says:
March 20th, 2008

Why is it still not working for me?

I've tried Multiple sites with suggestions on how to fix it. Everyone seems to be able to get it to work. But I still can't.

Please, help me.

anonymous Says:
April 02nd, 2008

your rock, unlike windows, thanks

anonymous Says:
April 09th, 2008

Thanks. This works also with CS3. Follow the directions and see it working.

JP

anonymous Says:
April 09th, 2008

Have you devised this solution for Vista x64 already? Please upload it man! This happens in vista also vith .wmf .pcx and other file formats wich have no problem in XP.
Greetings

anonymous Says:
April 09th, 2008

to the guy up there with the .mp4 thumnail question i have the fix. this fix also will work for .mov files, and any other video format your cmoputer willplay, if it cant play em ,download k-lite codec pack,
anyway,

copy and paste this to notepad document, and save it .reg
then merge it to your reg, and ur done

enjoy

DsW____________________________________________



Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.3gp\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.asf\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.avi\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.dmf\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.divx\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.flv\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mkv\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mp2\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mpv\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mpeg\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mpe\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.m1v\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.m2v\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mpg\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mp4\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mov\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.rm\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.rmvb\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.vcr\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wmv\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11D1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590}"










________________________________

open note pad copy and paste above text and instead of saving it as .txt change the extention to .reg then click and click yes, and enjoy

anonymous Says:
April 09th, 2008

i just wanna say thank you man psd files are working, i am using cs3 and just went into c: programfiles/commonfiles/adobe/shell and added your files and clicked on both reg entries, and walla

thanks buddy

anonymous Says:
April 28th, 2008

Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

anonymous Says:
May 02nd, 2008

Menno van 't Hoff
It works great with CS3 and XP SP2. Thank You!!

anonymous Says:
May 05th, 2008

WOW Thanks a Million! happy.gif

anonymous Says:
May 06th, 2008

Thx, it works perfectly.

anonymous Says:
May 08th, 2008

* A-W-E-S-O-M-E *

BEEN LOOKING FOR A FIX LIKE THIS FOR 2 YEARS!!!
THX!

anonymous Says:
May 09th, 2008

recanting what everyone else has said... THANK YOU!!!
it sucked not having that preview...

sincerely,
acee
acee@w3rkshop.com

jgooda Says:
May 15th, 2008

great, finally found it. Thanks

anonymous Says:
May 16th, 2008

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!

anonymous Says:
May 16th, 2008

THANK YOU!

For those having trouble and using non english Windows, try to edit the .reg files to the right folder. In my case, i'm using a portuguese version of windows and had to change:

"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"

to

"C:\\Programas\\Ficheiros comuns\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"

to match my language folders.

Thank you very much, once again. It works like a charm...

anonymous Says:
May 17th, 2008

Thank you so much! Especially having this up and available for the last 2 years!!
It worked first time for me on my Vista machine.

anonymous Says:
May 26th, 2008

OMG you are my new hero! I've been tearing my hair out for about 1 year now. I have Windows Vista Home Premium/SP 1 and Photoshop CS (cool.gif.

Thank you Thank you Thank you
--Suzanne

anonymous Says:
May 30th, 2008

snap.

anonymous Says:
May 31st, 2008

David, I feel I must add my comment too, after looking for this solution for hours with no luck, I finally found your blog.

Absolutely fantastic! I cannot thank you enough it worked first time too.

Best wishes, Dave

anonymous Says:
May 31st, 2008

yeah I must add my thousands thanks to the previous posts!!
Thank you very much!!!

anonymous Says:
June 02nd, 2008

I have been unable to get this to work. sad.gif I have CS2 on an hpa430n computer (windows xp) I followed the directions exactly as stated. I did have to create the adobe shell folder. I read how some people had to right click on the thumbnail and click 'refresh thumbnail'. But when I right click on the PSD I do not have this refresh option. I tried restarting my computer but that didn't work either. Bummer. sad.gif

anonymous Says:
June 21st, 2008

Hey, Thanks man.
CS3 + Vista = Worked like a charm happy.gif Many Thanks
Now is there any chance you could sort something out for Eps, Tif....

happy.gif

anonymous Says:
June 24th, 2008

Hi, I have Windows Vista Home Preminum x64 with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended and I cannot get this to work. Under XP Professional however, it worked fine...

Please help!

anonymous Says:
July 09th, 2008

Thank you! It works like a charm and was easy to do.
You might update the instructions in two ways:

1. Indicate where the backslashes in the path are, as tim93 did:
C(colon)(backslash)Program Files(backlash)Common Files(backslash)Adobe(backslash)Shell
2. Point out that some of us might have to create this (backslash)Shell directory, even if we have Photoshop CS2 installed.

Thanks again -- Bruce

anonymous Says:
July 13th, 2008

Thanks, I've got my thumbnails back in cs2 and vista. I've no idea why I've left it so long.

BTW I had to create the shell folder and for some reason I could not extrate the files to the folder, I had to copy them there.

Thanks again.

anonymous Says:
July 14th, 2008

I installed CS3 (on Windows XP SP2). When I tried to view Photoshop thumbnails in Explorer, I was shocked when I saw the black space where there should have been an image. Lucky for me, I found your straightforward instructions, and I've got .psd thumbnails...not to mention that you just taught me how to use System Restore. Thank you!! -- BAC

anonymous Says:
July 16th, 2008

Just installed - works fine on Vista Business with SP1. Just one comment - it would have been nice to see what the registry files were doing before I imported them. Win9x .reg files would have let me look at them easily before taking the plunge. Cheers.

anonymous Says:
July 16th, 2008

Can anyone help me get this to work with Vista x64? I have CS3 installed and this patch worked fine in XP Pro.

Thanks, gohan2091

anonymous Says:
July 20th, 2008

Awesome. Works perfectly with CS3. Thanks man.

anonymous Says:
August 04th, 2008

What the hell is wrong with these massive software companies? Why do they insist on changing things! Glad this worked, else I'd be back to using PS7.

Adobe, stop messing around with things! its bad enough that you can't use CS3 created brushes in anything other than CS3.

anonymous Says:
August 04th, 2008

P.s Thanks a million for the fix :-)

anonymous Says:
August 07th, 2008

Great thanks from Poland wink.gif Works very well on xp and cs2

anonymous Says:
August 23rd, 2008

Sweet! Works like a charm.

anonymous Says:
September 03rd, 2008

Thank you, thank you, thank you....this change in Adobe was driving me nuts, I have to incorporate hundreds of images into my books, and it was a real time waster! Thanks so much for clear concise instructions.
K from Calgary

anonymous Says:
September 05th, 2008

Excellent, just what the doktor ordered! Thanks.
-David

anonymous Says:
September 06th, 2008

Didn't work in XP with SP2 and CS2. Figured out that the reason was that my copy of CS2 is on my E drive. Anyone else, you may find you need to change:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32]

and

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}\InProcServer32]

to reflect the fact that we use a different drive letter. After doing that, it does indeed work, instantly happy.gif

Thanks!
Phil, Wales

anonymous Says:
September 21st, 2008

見てよ。

anonymous Says:
September 24th, 2008

ah well if work will insist on using PCs then this makes it a bit easier...

anonymous Says:
October 08th, 2008

Oh thank god. I just got a new PC and a new copy of PS and not having thumbnails when I have 1000's of photoshop files was a nightmare....

anonymous Says:
October 08th, 2008

It didn't worked on Vista Ultimate with CS3.

anonymous Says:
October 10th, 2008

It worked for me in CS2.
First I created an Adobe Shell folder in the Common files folder but that did nothing [and the refresh icon was not available when I right clicked a file]; so I tried again by creating a shell folder within the Adobe folder - that worked [I still had to right click and refresh the icon but now the option was available]!!
Thanks heaps [I only lost the icons when I installed an OnOne plug-in and their tech support made me change the registry so their software could find the right folder!!]

anonymous Says:
October 17th, 2008

Worked perfectly for XP service pack 2 and CS3. Thanks

anonymous Says:
October 19th, 2008

Thank You SO MUCH! I'm running Vista Home Premium and it worked perfectly!

anonymous Says:
October 21st, 2008

Thanks!
Phil, Wales

__ i have the same problem only your comment was not helpfull at all, becuase i have no idea what your talking about, u wront , you might need to change


idn't work in XP with SP2 and CS2. Figured out that the reason was that my copy of CS2 is on my E drive. Anyone else, you may find you need to change:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}InProcServer32]

and

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}InProcServer32]

to reflect the fact that we use a different drive letter.

what the hell, how does that code of nonsence "reflect the driveletters" why are u so veg?
???/?


please help?


DsW

anonymous Says:
October 28th, 2008

Cooooooooool
the best

anonymous Says:
November 05th, 2008

Nice Nice, even the AI files are showing the thumbnails. Really Gr8

Thanks,
Param

anonymous Says:
November 08th, 2008

Thank you so much for this, I always thought my computer was just being funny but I was amazed to suddenly see thumbnails again! I wonder why Adobe omitted this.

anonymous Says:
December 11th, 2008

Thanxalot, man ! So useful !

anonymous Says:
December 24th, 2008

I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

anonymous Says:
January 03rd, 2009

YAaaaayyy!! Thank you so much for keeping this available! I remembered doing this on my last 'puter (XP), and have been meaning to look it up again since I got a new 'puter (Vista, about 6 months ago now, I think?) and I have been SOOooo missing those .psd thumbnails!! I googled and found you again, followed instructions, and... it didn't work. sad.gif Then I read comments from someone else saying she had to make a "shell" folder in her c\programs\adobe folder instead of the common files\adobe folder, so I tried that... and it still didn't work. sad.gif SOoo, I decided to try a re-boot, and now it works!! YAY!! (But now I don't know if it may have worked the first time, putting the files in the 'common files' folder, or if it worked because I put it in the Adobe folder... but doesn't much matter to me - as long as I can see my psd files again (and ai too!!) I am HAPPY! happy.gif THANK YOU! ~Jill DZ

anonymous Says:
January 05th, 2009

Sweet! Just what I needed. Thank you

anonymous Says:
January 27th, 2009

Thanks so much for sharing this tool! You are great man!

anonymous Says:
January 27th, 2009

Any confirmation if this works for CS4 as well?

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david Says:
January 27th, 2009

I've used it, it works.

anonymous Says:
February 06th, 2009

OK people. For those of you who have not been able to get this working under Vista, or have had mixed results (e.g. thumbs show in some folders but not others), here is a brief explanation and the solution.

Explanation:
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Vista caches thumbnails differently than XP did. In XP every folder with thumbnails had a hidden thumbs.db file. In Vista all the thumbnail files are cached centrally in one location.

Some of you don't see thumbnails after applying the fix because Vista is returning the thumbnail images from the central cache instead of regenerating them for any files you have previously viewed in thumbnail mode.

Furthermore, the thumbnail refresh trigger/mechanism in Vista also differs from XP. Too detailed to get into fully, but if you copy or even just move your PSD files from one location to another, then you should be able to see the thumbnails. Even simply renaming the directory they are in should allow you to view the thumbnails as Vista will generate new ones. However, that is not the solution to the problem because if you copy/move the files back to the original location or rename the directory back to it's former name, then Vista again pulls blank thumbnails from its central cache.

Solution
======
Clear Vista's thumbnail cache. How? Microsoft have already provided a tool in Vista to do this for you, it's the Disk Cleanup tool.

The Disk Cleanup tool is found under
All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup
or just hit WindowsKey + r to get the run box and type cleanmgr.exe

Select the "Files from all users on this computer" option. The tool will then do a bit of calculating and present you with a list of check-box items to choose from for cleaning tasks.

Make sure that the Thumbnails option (near the bottom of the list - you'll need to scroll down) is the only one that has a check in it and click OK.

Go back to a folder with some PSDs in it, select one of the icon views and you should now see thumbnails appear. If your files are on a network drive, it make take a bit for the thumbnails to appear, but they will eventually.

Enjoy!

anonymous Says:
February 08th, 2009

For you vista user's who couldn't get this to work... try running the .reg files from the command line.

Go to Start Menu-->All Programs-->Accessories and then right-click the "command prompt" and choose "run as administrator".

then type cd "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell"

Then type aiicon.dll.reg and accept the prompts.

Then type psicon.dll.reg and accept the prompts.

That's it. It should be working now. No need to reboot or anything else.

anonymous Says:
February 16th, 2009

Thanks for the tip. Worked nicely.

anonymous Says:
March 01st, 2009

Using XP. After unzipping, when I tried to open files in explorer, kept asking "with what program". Used regedit and selected import. Works a treat, Thanks very much.

anonymous Says:
April 04th, 2009

thanks... great fix for the irritating hassle!
regards,
Andrew C.

anonymous Says:
April 14th, 2009

Obrigado ! Funcionou perfeito mas tem que mudar a "lingua" pra funcionar no Win Brasil

Thanks ! It works perfect !! but need to change de lenguage to work in Win Brazil .....Thanks so much !!

anonymous Says:
April 14th, 2009

Installed everything as specified even went into the command prompt in administrator mode and cleaned out my thumbnails. I have Vista 64. Any more tips?

anonymous Says:
April 15th, 2009

I have Vista 64 and CS4. Following step by step carefully, including creating new folder "Shell" under "Program Files <x86>\Common Files\Adobe" and extract the zip file to it. Then I ran those 2 .reg files by double click it (and also by DOS prompt). I also tried to clean the catch but nothing worked so far. Any more help?
Thank you.

anonymous Says:
May 01st, 2009

Wow thanks so much its been bugging me for yours.!!

anonymous Says:
May 09th, 2009

For the Vista Users:

1. Make sure that the above files are downloaded to: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell\
(not C:\...\Adobe Shell\

2. Make sure you do it as admin if you got UAC enabled or as a user with full control permissions enabled if UAC disabled.

It works after that.

Big thanks to the owner and original poster - man, you are a life saver.

anonymous Says:
May 11th, 2009

May 11, 2009, 3787604 visitors to the site, old trick still works great, thanks!

anonymous Says:
June 04th, 2009

AWESOME!!! Took more time to find you on Google than do the fix!! So gast and simple, took 30 seconds max.

Works on Vista SP1 w/CS3, no reboot, no cache refresh, no hassle. Much mahalo.

anonymous Says:
June 06th, 2009

Can't believe it took me three years to finally ignore the person who told me that thumbnails of psd files weren't available any more and check it out myself via Google. Thank you soooooo much for these directions. It's been a pain haning to open Photoshop just to see an image. I'll add my complaints about Adobe, too. We shouldn't have to search on the net for a fix to this kind of problem. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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david Says:
June 06th, 2009

No problem guys. happy.gif

anonymous Says:
June 07th, 2009

thanks so much! =D

anonymous Says:
June 09th, 2009

Does anybody in the world have the solution for Vista x64? People have asked but no one has answered...

anonymous Says:
June 12th, 2009

Running Vista x64. Nothing is working. Has anyone gotten it to work on Vista 64? I changed the directories to Program Files (x86) to match the location of my Adobe folder and it still isn't working. Deleted the cache. Ran from the command prompt. Tried everything suggested to no avail. Please help Vista x64 users. Thanks!

anonymous Says:
June 19th, 2009

I remember doing something like this on my old laptop years ago and have now just got a new system. This one is a Vista machine and I had to restart to see the thumbnails - but it's working now happy.gif Thanks!

anonymous Says:
June 22nd, 2009

anyone know about CS4?
There is a folder "CS4" inside the "shell" folder - i put the files in the shell and in the CS4 folder, run the reg files - not working sad.gif
I also edited the reg files and put in the path of that CS4 folder.
Still nothing...
Any Ideas?

anonymous Says:
July 08th, 2009

thanks dude, work fine with CS4 wink.gif

anonymous Says:
July 09th, 2009

How?

anonymous Says:
July 18th, 2009

I am losing it!!!! I have no shell folder so I created one and doubled clicked both files. It just opened the text editor. AM I missing software or something. This for everyone else seems to be very easy

anonymous Says:
July 30th, 2009

Ive been trying to find a solution for this for 3 years now. This works fine for Vista 32bit but its no good for Vista 64 bit so keep that in mind when you are downloading this file.

anonymous Says:
August 07th, 2009

Anyone know of a fix for 64bit Vista? It would sure be nice if someone made it work on Vista 64. I had to reinstall CS3 and lost the option to use the Adobe dialogue when opening and saving files, so I don't even get a thumbnail within Adobe products unless I'm in Bridge.

anonymous Says:
August 31st, 2009

I love you.

anonymous Says:
October 05th, 2009

psd image

anonymous Says:
October 15th, 2009

ok... it drove me nuts...
Last time when i did this it worked and i was so childish happy...

I had to reinstall the whole lot after a crash a while back and everything i got back fine except those tumbnails!
The fix just didn't work and it drove me nuts, really.
'till today.. just having another try at it...

i was reading some stuff here ..and there was someone here about having your folder not in C but another letter...
I have my files on D [D:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell <-- so this didn't work]
So there it is...
I fooled the pc.
I created a complete new folder on my C drive [where not cs3 is installed, this is not my system drive!]
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell

And voilà i am childish happy again..i see the tumbs of my work finally after 3 months.

The letter is important, coz the fix searches for a C and having your \Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell folder on any other letter than C the fix wil not work... So you have to create that folder your C drive...the fix needs that path...

cheers cd

anonymous Says:
October 18th, 2009

Thanks so much for posting this David! Lack of thumbnails was such a constant nagging annoyance, can't believe you made it so simple to fix.

anonymous Says:
November 05th, 2009

it was great, thank you.

anonymous Says:
November 18th, 2009

I was having trouble, but then I realized I was putting it in c:\program files\adobe\shell folder instead of c:\program files\common files\adobe\shell

Works now on my vista32 home premium! TYVM

anonymous Says:
December 05th, 2009

what is the workaround to preview AI EPS files in winodws 7 explorer? i tried this method but the file still show the adobe AI icon.

anonymous Says:
December 05th, 2009

Thank you, followed your initial instructions, but had no luck, untill rebooting. now all is well.. you really are a star..

anonymous Says:
December 16th, 2009

For Vista Users: If your reg files open with notpad, then you need to try and open the files with regedit. Click open with on the .dll file and select browse,select your computer and search for regedit, find the application and use that program. Follow the promts. Works Excellent.

anonymous Says:
January 06th, 2010

doesn't work for me... using PS CS4 Extended on Vista Home Premium.

anonymous Says:
February 01st, 2010

I love you...Thanks! It worked immediately!!

anonymous Says:
February 15th, 2010

A BIG Thank You! It worked like a charm!

anonymous Says:
February 25th, 2010

So far so good. Thanks.

anonymous Says:
March 02nd, 2010

Schalk - I've applied the zip-file on XP-sp3 with CS4, worked the first time. Had to create the "Shell" directory.

Thank you very much for the info to solve the thumbnail issue!!!

anonymous Says:
March 16th, 2010

Hi... works in CS4(32bit) - WinXP Sp3. Any luck in vista or 64 bit platforms?

Thanks again!

JP

anonymous Says:
March 17th, 2010

Does not work with Windows 7, but I had to try.

anonymous Says:
March 26th, 2010

Doesn't work with windows 7 pro, any help appreciate.

anonymous Says:
April 16th, 2010

I found in Vista Home Premium that it does work but it doesn't alway seem like it because it seems to depend on how the psd's were created. Also, you can force Windows to update Vista thumbnails by clearing the thumbnail cache in drive properties/disk cleanup.

anonymous Says:
April 26th, 2010

Brilliant little trick! I had to edit the Registry files as I'm using a Spanish copy of WinXP Pro and the folder names are in Spanish.
Thanks a lot! grin.gif

anonymous Says:
June 22nd, 2010

I have a question.. I am running Adobe CS2 on an Italian OS.. so the files should be extracted to "C:\Programmi\File comuni\Adobe\Shell" but I am curious.. if I run the reg files will there be a problem as they are different locations than the English install location that you have stated.

anonymous Says:
June 23rd, 2010

OMG THANKSSS SO MUCHH! i was so frustrated with it earlier that i couldn't view the icon, now prob solved. THANKSSS!

anonymous Says:
July 26th, 2010

It worked for me on the first try. Thank You!

OS: Windows XP Home service Pack2

If you want to create a self installer\uninstaller follow this directions after unzipping files.

Copy the text below and save it in the unzipped folder as "install.inf". After creating file, right click "install.inf" and select "Install" to begin the installation process. To uninstall, edit "install.inf" and add semicolon to "CopyFiles" and "AddReg" and remove the semicolon in "DelFiles" and "DelReg" in the DefaultInstall section. Save the file again (or you can rename it as "uninstall.inf"wink.gif, right click on the file and select "Install" to begin the Uninstall process.

===== Copy from next line to end =====

[Version]
Signature=$CHICAGO$


[DefaultInstall]
CopyFiles = Adobe.Shell
AddReg = Adobe.Registry

; DelFiles = Adobe.Shell
; DelReg = Adobe.Registry


[DestinationDirs]
Adobe.Shell = 16427, "Adobe\Shell"


[SourceDisksNames]
1 = %ProductName%, %ProductSource%


[SourceDisksFiles]
aiicon.dll = 1
psicon.dll = 1


[Adobe.Shell]
aiicon.dll
psicon.dll


[Adobe.Registry]
HKCR, "CLSID\{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}\InProcServer32", "",,"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\AIIcon.dll"
HKCR, "CLSID\{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}\InProcServer32", "ThreadingModel",,"Apartment"
HKCR, "CLSID\{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}\MiscStatus", "IconBits",, "16"
HKCR, ".ai\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"
HKCR, ".eps\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"
HKCR, "Adobe.Illustrator.EPS\shellex\Ic onHandler", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"
HKCR, "Adobe.Illustrator.EPS\shellex\Pr opertySheetHandlers\AIPage", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"
HKCR, "Adobe.Illustrator.12\shellex\Ico nHandler", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"
HKCR, "Adobe.Illustrator.12\shellex\Pro pertySheetHandlers\AIPage", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"

HKLM, "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs", "C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll", 0x00010001, "00000001"
HKCR, ".psd\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}", "",, "{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}"
HKCR, "CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}", "",, "Photoshop Icon Handler"
HKCR, "CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32", "",,"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll"
HKCR, "CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32", "ThreadingModel",, "Apartment"


[Strings]
ProductName = ""
ProductSource = ""

anonymous Says:
August 09th, 2010

Holy crap. I'm from Del Rio too.

-RHP

anonymous Says:
September 02nd, 2010

Thank you Thank you Thank you. Works with Vista!!!

anonymous Says:
September 04th, 2010

*Update INF file.*

OS: Windows XP Home service Pack3

If you want to create a self installer\uninstaller follow these directions after unzipping files.

1. Copy the text below and save it in the unzipped folder as "install.inf".
2. Right click "install.inf" and select "Install" to begin the installation process.

To uninstall.

3. Edit "install.inf" and add a semicolon to "CopyFiles" and "AddReg".
4. Remove the semicolon in "DelFiles" and "DelReg".
5. Save the file again (or you can rename it as "uninstall.inf"wink.gif.
6. Right click on the file and select "Install" to begin the Uninstall process.

===== [Start Copy] =====

[Version]
Signature=$WINDOWS NT$


[DefaultInstall]
CopyFiles = Adobe.Shell
AddReg = Adobe.Registry

;DelFiles = Adobe.Shell
;DelReg = Adobe.Registry


[DestinationDirs]
Adobe.Shell = 16427, "Adobe\Shell"


[Adobe.Shell]
aiicon.dll
psicon.dll


[Adobe.Registry]
HKLM, "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs", %16427%"\Adobe\Shell\psicon.dll", 0x00010001, 00000001
HKLM, "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs", %16427%"\Adobe\Shell\aiicon.dll", 0x00010001, 00000001

HKCR, "CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}", "",, "Photoshop Icon Handler"
HKCR, "CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32", "",, %16427%"\Adobe\Shell\psicon.dll"
HKCR, "CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32", "ThreadingModel",, "Apartment"

HKCR, "CLSID\{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}", "",, "Illustrator Icon Handler"
HKCR, "CLSID\{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}\InProcServer32", "",, %16427%"\Adobe\Shell\aiicon.dll"
HKCR, "CLSID\{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}\InProcServer32", "ThreadingModel",, "Apartment"
HKCR ,"CLSID\{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}\MiscStatus", "IconBits",, "16"

HKCR, ".psd\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}", "",, "{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}"
HKCR, ".ai\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"
HKCR, ".eps\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"

HKCR, "Adobe.Illustrator.EPS\shellex\IconHandler", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"
HKCR, "Adobe.Illustrator.EPS\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\AIPage", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"
HKCR, "Adobe.Illustrator.12\shellex\IconHandler", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"
HKCR, "Adobe.Illustrator.12\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\AIPage", "",, "{0C5B0CED-206B-4c39-B615-0EB23C824612}"

====== [End Copy] ======

Want to create an "Executable" installer?

1. Click Start and select the "Run" command.
2. At the prompt type "iexpress" and click ok.

(The IExpress Wizard will pop up)

3. Select "Create new Self Extraction Directive file." and click next.
4. Select "Extract files and run an installation command." and click next.
5. Type "Photoshop and Illustrator Thumbnail Preview Setup" at the title prompt and click next.
6. Select "Prompt user with:", type "Do you want to install thumbnail preview?" and click next.
7. Click next on "License Agreement" section.
8. Click add button and select only these three files "install.inf, aiicon.dll, psicon.dll" and click next.
9. At the "Install Program" prompt type "install.inf" and click next.
10. Click next at the "Show window" section.
11. Select "Display message:", type "Installation complete." and click next.
12. Click Browse button, double click "My Documents" type "Photoshop and Illustrator Thumbnail Preview Setup", click save and click next.
13. Click next at the "Configure restart" section.
14. Click next at the "Save Self Extraction Directive" section.
15. Click next at the "Create package" section.
16. Click finish.
17. Go to "My Documents" to find executable file.



anonymous Says:
October 03rd, 2010

Thank you very much for this, I recently formatted my Laptop, and somehow all the PSD thumbs of my previous work just refused to show. Possibly through some Adobe update. And searching through all the WIPs and stages with similar names was just driving me crazy.

Thanks again, you're a great help.

anonymous Says:
November 30th, 2010

Thanks a ton!!

anonymous Says:
January 19th, 2011

THanks very much, appreciated, rob

anonymous Says:
April 02nd, 2011

Worked a treat. Thanks a lot.

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