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?
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.