Picture Icons changed

Dear Computer Lady,

All of a sudden the pictures in my “pictures folder” are icons of a cat with legs sprawled out.

How can I get my pictures to show again without opening each one directly?



Dear Arlene,

It sounds like you have recently installed on of my favorite programs, Irfanview. Not that irfanview caused your problem, but that is what their icon looks like. I have always like Irfanview because it opens my pictures quickly, and I can use the space-bar to quickly look through all the pictures in any folder.

Irfanview is a free image viewing program that can be downloaded at: www.irfanview.com

Your problem is that the view in the folder your pictures are in has been changed from thumbnails to icons. Here is how to change it back again.

1. Open the folder where you pictures are stored.
2. Look for the menu bar at the top of the window. If you are using Vista or Windows 7, just tap the “Alt” key on your keyboard to display the menu bar.
3. Click on “View” in the menu bar and click on “large Icons” or “Extra Large Icons”.

Your icons should now be a small thumbnail of the picture.

In some older versions of Windows, you might have the option to click on “Thumbnails” instead of large or extra large icons.


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    • alexnetherton
    • June 25, 2010

    Plus, Infranview is a very powerful photo editor too!

    • blueskies5
    • July 6, 2010

    In my Documents folder in Windows Vista Home Premium I used to have my PDF documents displayed with the red Adobe icon. I don’t know what I did, but I’d like to know so I don’t do it again.

    I would like to have my Documents to go back to the previous way they were displayed which was a red Adobe icon for PDF documents and then other “like” documents had a different display.

    The way it is now, the PDF files icon is being displayed with a small IE8 icon, and I don’t like it as it doesn’t stand out that much.

    I’ve went into the 2 different “View” files but no matter what I do, I can’t get my old display settings back.

    Where can I go to change this, and I also need to know how they got changed; if it was something I did or something that was done automatically.

    Corinne Larimore

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