How To Disable and Remove Thumbs.db

What is Thumbs.db

thumbs.dbWhen you open your Windows Explorer or Open any of your images folder, I’m sure you have notice a small file inside those folders called thumbs.db. The main purpose of this file is to speed up the showing of thumbnails when you are viewing a folder in Thumbnail view. It stores thumbnails of graphics files, certain documents and also movie files. The only disadvantage of this file is it eats up disk space. Although this file is very small if you have lots of thumbs.db files on your drive removing them will help you save valuable disk space.

Some users are annoyed by those thumbs.db files cluttering their system. So if you are one of those people that don’t want those little files littering your disk then follow the steps below to turn this feature off.

How to disable Thumbs.db in Windows XP

  • Open My Computer or Open any folder
  • On the Menu bar, Click on Tools
  • Click on Folder Options
  • Click on the View Tab
  • Put a check in the option “Do not cache thumbnails”
  • Click Ok
  • Close My Computer

How to disable Thumbs.db in Windows 7

  • Open Local Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc in the search text box
  • Expand the User Configuration found in the left-side pane of the Editor window.
  • Click Administrative Templates
  • Under Windows Components
  • Click on the Windows Explorer item.
  • Find the setting “Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files” (see below).

disable thumbs db

  • To make changes, double-click on “Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files
  • Check the “Enabled” radio button and click OK

Close the Local Group Policy Editor and all those annoying those thumbs.db will disappear.