Windows 10 makes it easy to customize your File Explorer to your liking, giving users the ability to set any number of customizations and preferences to help improve their workflow. Case in point: you can change the look of your files within the View tab, making it easy to select options such as List, Details, and Mosaics. The icon view is one of our personal favorites when working with photos and videos, as you can preview the file before opening it, instead of having to depend only on the name of the file. file to find your selection.
There is only one problem: not all file formats that contain image data are supported. While File Explorer lets you preview your JPEG or PNG files, anyone working in Photoshop will often not be able to preview PSD files, the file extension that saves every Photoshop project. Instead, all you can see is a big, useless icon designed by our Adobe friends.
When browsing your files in Windows 10 File Explorer, you can to change to a handy “Icon” view, which shows a preview image of your files in addition to the file name. This can help you quickly identify a file visually rather than relying on remembering file names.
By default, Windows does not have a utility to open these files, as PSD files are designed primarily for Photoshop. Therefore, there is no way for Windows to open these files within Explorer to allow you to see what photo data is stored. Fortunately, this has not stopped external developers from presenting their own solutions.
The reason for this problem is that Windows does not support codecs for these default file types. Microsoft, probably due to licensing issues, has not yet officially provided a solution for this, but that hasn’t stopped external developers from presenting their own solutions.
One such solution is SageThumbs , A free utility that adds codec support for hundreds of file types in Windows File Explorer. To try it out, simply download the latest version (220.127.116.11 on the date of publication of this article) and install it. We tested the latest version of SageThumbs with the current version of Windows 10 and it ran smoothly, but be sure to check for updates or compatibility issues if you are running a newer version of Windows in the future.
As soon as the SageThumbs installation is complete, open a File Explorer window and switch to one of the icon views. You’ll notice that your previews of previously missing files are now displayed in all their visually useful glory. No need to restart or log out, new icons should appear immediately.
Remember that while SageThumbs adds support for preview icons for hundreds of file types, it’s not exhaustive and you may still see some icons for more esoteric file formats. Again, be sure to also check for new versions of SageThumbs before performing major Windows updates, as there may be compatibility issues with newer versions of Windows.
SageThumbs is incredibly useful for providing these previews of File Explorer icons alone, but it also offers a number of other features, including the ability to convert images via the context menu, set an image as a background screen, attach images directly to emails, and copy images to the clipboard without opening them first.
It’s an incredibly useful utility, so head over to SageThumbs website and take a look.