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* Tweet * Share * * Email By default Windows Explorer recognizes and generates thumbnails for a few pre-de fined formats. It doesn t generate thumbnails for many common file formats which i ncludes FLV, RM, RMVB, MOV, MP4, MKV. Luckily, there is a very simple fix for th is. Follow these steps Enabling Thumbnail For Generic Video File Arrow Open Note pad and paste the following text : REGEDIT4 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.EXTShellEx{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}] @= {c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590} Replace .EXT with the desired extension (e.g. flv). Arrow If you want to enable thumbnails for multiple file types you can do so by adding the appropriate registry entries as demonstrated below : REGEDIT4 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.flvShellEx{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}] @= {c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590} [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.movShellEx{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}] @= {c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590} [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.mp4ShellEx{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}] @= {c5a40261-cd64-4ccf-84cb-c394da41d590} This file would enable thumbnails for flv, mov and mp4. Arrow Save the file with extension .reg (make sure save as type is ot Text Documents ). All Files and n

Arrow Double Click on the saved registry entry and confirm the action. After thi s reboot. Please note that Windows can only display the thumbnails if the appropriate code c for the chosen media type is installed. If the above tweak is not working try downloading a codec pack. I got this method to work for FLV, RM, RMVB, MOV and M P4 (with The Kmplayer installed and associated with these file types). But, as w ith most generic tweaks it failed on a couple of occasions it didn t work for MKV and PSD Files. But with a little bit of digging I found a way to enable thumbnai ls for MKV and PSD too. Enabling Thumbnail for PSD This trick requires that you have Adobe Photoshop installed. Arrow Download this file. It is a zip archive containing two files. Extract them to a temporary folder.

Arrow Copy the psicon.dll to C:Program FilesCommon FilesAdobeShell. If the folde r Shell doesn t exist then create it. Arrow After copying, double click on the psicon.dll.reg and confirm your action. Enabling Thumbnail for MKV Arrow Download Haali Media Splitter from here and install it. [Note : Most Codec Packs install this by default, so if you installed a codec pack skip this step] . Arrow Launch Media Splitter Settings from Stat Menu.

Arrow Go to Options >Explorer Integration >Enable Thumbnail Extraction. Set it to ye s. Arrow Now move on to the next item which is Thumbnails offset . This value determin es the position in the file from which the thumbnail would be generated. Remembe r the value is in milliseconds (1s=1000ms). Arrow Apply the changes and restart your computer. That s it! Enabling Thumbnail for SWF The easiest and simplest solution for viewing thumbnails of SWF files is SWF Liv e Preview (download it from here). It automatically creates a cache from directo ries (optional subdirectories) for faster thumbnail display, and allows you to s elect the frame to be used as preview image, as well as the size of the thumbnai l. In addition, the program adds a new tab to the file properties dialog that di splays detailed information about the Flash file selected, including Flash versi on, number of frames, compression and more.