Show Thumbnails on Desktop

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Sdashiki, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

    Sdashiki

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    #1
    Ive googled but maybe im not coming up with the right keywords.

    Id like thumbnail previews on the desktop, like within folders in Windows XP.

    I cant, for the life of me, find any check box to allow this?

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    thanks
     
  2. fistful macrumors 6502a

    fistful

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    #2
    Select Desktop -> cmd+j -> show icon preview

    Unless I've misunderstood what you're after.
     
  3. lamadude macrumors 6502

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    #3
    click on your desktop (so that finder appears in the menu bar) and go
    view-->view options--> show preview

    (I translated these menu items from the dutch mac os x, maybe the wording is slighly different in the english one)
     
  4. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    #4
    Too bad the OP is not using Mac OS X. I don't think there is a way to make it always display with the thumbnail in Windows XP. I think you can only do that within folders.
     
  5. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    #5
    unless theres a registry hack or plugin I'm not awar of xp can not show thumbnails on the desktop.

    Xp isnt designed the same as os-x in that it isn't adviseable to have all the files on the desktop, it slows the os down on load up etc.
     
  6. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

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    #6
    Menu Bar > View > Show View Options > place a check mark in Show icon preview.
     
  7. fistful macrumors 6502a

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    I took it he is using OS X but wants icon previews to be displayed as they are in Windows. Using the screen grab as an example.

    Admittedly the screen grab did throw me off a bit by the fact the icons do not have thumbnail previews enabled. He very well may have been talking about enabling this in Windows in which case I have no clue.
     
  8. Sdashiki thread starter macrumors 68040

    Sdashiki

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    #8
    Ya, its windows, the image capture should have made that obvious.

    occasionally on a project i create lots of stupid images that i end up embedding into the project. but they have a short life on the desktop where its easiest to find and save things when using 3 or more apps at one time.

    though sometimes, something needs to be re-used, and as a matter of convenience it would be nice to see with a quick glance which file is which.

    maybe i just need to slow down my workflow and name files i have no intention of keeping.

    sigh.

    ::hugs my mac from across town::
     

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