On Microsoft Windows operating systemsstarting with the Internet Explorer 4 Active Desktop Update for Windows 95 and 98  a thumbnail cache is used to store thumbnail images for Windows Explorer 's thumbnail view. This speeds up the display of images as these smaller images do not need to be recalculated every time the user views the folder. This effect is more clearly seen when accessing a DVD containing thousands of photos without the thumbs.
Ask Leo! You can delete it and prevent more from appearing. I'll explain just what that is and I'm going to use this as an excuse to turn it off on my own machine, and show you how along the way.
This file is automatically built when you access a folder that contains pictures so that the thumbnails can be cached and the folder contents displayed more quickly after the first time. Unfortunately, Thumbs. You can both get rid of Thumbs.
This guide shows you how to clear the thumbnails cache for the following Windows versions: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8. To clear the thumbnails cache on a Windows Vista computer, follow these steps to open Disk Cleanup:. To enable or disable the thumbnails cache option on a Windows Vista computer, follow these steps:.
Got thumbs. Here's what they are and what you can safely do with them. I spend a good amount of time in Windows Explorer doing various tasks.
We're having a minor problem with Windows 7. The majority of the time we try to delete a folder full of jpg's, we get an error saying it can't be deleted because thumbs. The user isn't going into the folder itself, so I assume that the machines are trying to make a thumbs.
If you remove it, Windows or another program may no longer work correctly. Are you sure you want to permanently delete it? While most of us give it a go without any second thought, many might wonder what this Thumbs related message is all about and whether or not they should delete it.
The Windows operating system creates thumbnail cache files for images and other file types to speed up the loading of folders on the system. Under Windows XP, thumbs. Here you also find an index file that contains information where each cached version of an image is found in. The only exception to the rule is when you browse network shares using Windows Vista or newer versions of Windows.
On computers running Microsoft Windows, a thumbnail cache is used to store thumbnail images for Windows Explorer when thumbnail view is enabled. This process allows images to display faster because these smaller images do not need to be recalculated every time a user visits the folder containing them. The hidden file thumbs.
They are stored locally in each directory that contains thumbnails on Windows system and are created to prevent system wide use of the data. This idea of caching thumbnails in a spread thumbs. And it seems to happen quite often in Windows 8 for some reason. Now, to free up the disk space if you like, you can fire up Disk Clean Up utility, check Thumbnails, and delete them.