PSD files

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by RDOC, Aug 10, 2012.

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    RDOC Guest

    How do I make psd files show as a thumbnail image in windows explorer? Right now they show up as a psd icon when I go to view them as a thumbnail in windows explorer and I want them to be a image like the jpg files are an image in windows explorer. Thanks.
    RDOC, Aug 10, 2012
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    JD Guest returns quite a few hits for the question: "Why can't PSD
    thumbnails be displayed in Windows 7?"

    The third reply may be of interest.

    Finding a safe version of psicon.dll is the tricky part?

    Sorry I can't be more help. :-(
    JD, Aug 11, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Can't answer the question, but the Windows Explorer is not the only
    way to display files. Download the FastStone viewer (free) at and use that. It displays .psd files and
    does a number of other useful things.
    tony cooper, Aug 11, 2012
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    JD Guest

    Other options would be to use Adobe Bridge or use the free XnView
    program and go into it's Tools menu, System integration.
    Then, in Explorer, you can right-click on a folder and choose to 'Browse
    with XNView'.

    I'm sure RDOC, the op, will let us know what he wants to do.
    JD, Aug 12, 2012
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    RDOC Guest

    The only problem is I would try to do the bit suggested in the third reply but I don't have a Shell folder under C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe as the example says you have to put psicon.dll file into. Also I have the other viewers but I want to be able to see a thumbnail image in Windows Explorer not in another program. Thanks for the help anyway.
    RDOC, Aug 12, 2012
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    gar Guest

    when I want to use Photoshop and/or Illustrator, I always open the
    Bridge to choose the file to preview and then d-click on to open the app
    and edit.
    I've always found the WIN EXP previews too small anyway.

    Just a thought.

    Gary W. Chmura
    gar, Aug 12, 2012
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    RDOC Guest

    Ok I found the fix. In short you need the file (psicon.dll and a reg file to run) and that is it. Thanks guys for you help it is appreciated.
    RDOC, Aug 12, 2012
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    JD Guest

    I'm using Windows XP and CS3 and I have C:\Program Files\Common
    Files\Adobe\Shell which contains 2 files: icons.dll and idicon.dll. In
    searching for an answer, it seems like I read something about a Registry
    hack was also needed for Windows 7?

    If you want to experiment, add the Shell folder manually.

    Or you could try XnView, Tools, System integration. In Explorer, you
    could right-click on a folder and choose to 'Browse with XNView'.

    Not exactly what you want, but maybe close enough to see the thumbnails
    without having to use Bridge.
    JD, Aug 12, 2012
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    JD Guest

    Could you give us more details? Where did you find the file and reg file
    or give us a link or links to the solution?
    JD, Aug 13, 2012
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    RDOC Guest

    I did a search on google for thumbnails of psd files in Windows Explorer and got many hits and just read through all of them until I found what I was looking for with links as I went along. I knew I wanted the dll file and the reg file. I found many links to what I wanted but this was the best:
    RDOC, Aug 13, 2012
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    RDOC Guest

    I did a search on google for thumbnails for psd files in Windows Explorer and got many hits that led to the psicon.dll file and the reg fix. The best one was:
    RDOC, Aug 13, 2012
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    JD Guest

    Excellent! Good find for anyone else with the desire to view psd files
    in Windows Explorer.
    JD, Aug 13, 2012
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