Thumbs.db Files: What Are They?
Windows XP Home & Professional

When viewing a folder with the Thumbnail View, Windows XP creates a thumbs.db (data base) file. This is a cache of the current pictures in that directory. If you want to turn this feature off and save a little disk space:

  • Click "My Computer" (or start the Windows Explorer)

  • Go to Tools / Folder Options / View

  • In the first section under Files and Folders, check Do not cache thumbnails

  • Now you can search for the thumbs.db files on your computer and remove them. No more should be created.

Remember - Too many thumbs spoil the pie...or something like that :-) !

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