Absolutely fabulous!! This worked like a dream!! I only had to do the first part of what you explained & VOILA, I had thumbnails back!!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! This had been driving me NUTS & I had searched all over the internet & nothing worked.
I am SOOOO glad I found your post!!!
It's not working for me
Another option :
You need to uninstall Reader X from the system and keep Acrobat.
It worked for me.
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This symptom occur because a 64-bit process that runs on a computer that is running an x64-based version of Windows cannot load the 32-bit .dll files that are required by some program features.
You may try the following work around:
You must use the 32-bit version of Windows Explorer. The 32-bit version of Windows Explorer is located in the %windir%\Syswow64 folder on the computer that is running an x64-based version of Windows.
To use the 32-bit version of Windows Explorer, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type the following in the Open box, and then click OK:
Note The placeholder Drive_Letter represents the drive where the x64-based version of Windows is installed.
For more information:
Some Windows Explorer extensions and some Control Panel items are not displayed on computers that are running an x64-based version of Windows
Now check if the issue is resolved.
You may want to try the following steps:
PDF thumbnail view via the Acrobat reader:
1. Run Acrobat Reader. In Reader, click File > Open and navigate to the folder(s) containing your PDF file(s). If necessary, move the slider to show all your PDF files.
2. Cancel out of Open and exit Reader.
3. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folders(s) containing your PDF file(s).
4. Click Views and move the slider until you see PDF thumbnails.
Thanks and Regards:
Sanjay Manju Suman
Adobe System Inc.
I've got the following issue with my Adobe Reader X, under Windows 7 x86: after having cleaned my PC with "Disk Cleanup" option, I can no longer see my .pdf thumbanils (books covers) for my .pdf docs. I have tried the view option, I have tried reinstalling Adobe X, but the problem persists. I think, the disk cleanup might have deleted some registry entries. It is interesting that under my wife's account, one can see these .pdf thumbnails (book covers). please find attached a screen capture that helps you make an idea of how worse it is. Once again - I'm running Windows 7 x86 and not x64.
Thank you in advance for your support
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Well if nothing works you can try this:
Open Adobe Reader X
Click on File and Open.
It will bring the Open dialouge Box.
Browse to the location wehere you want to show PDF in thumbnail view (Let's say Desktop)
In open dialouge box Change the view to Thumbnail.
Need not to Even open any file.
Close the Open Dialouge Box and Close Reader X.
Go to Desktop you'll find all PDF in Thumbnail.
Hope it Will Work, Good Luck
Sanjay Manju Suman
Adobe Systems Inc.
GEE as expensive as your stuff is why don't you guys make a 64 bit dll??? This has been going on for years. Says alot about how you cater to your paying customers needs.
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The "fix for 64-bit" program works like charm. Thanks for the link, much appreciated
Thank you very much. This solution has solved my problem. I'm using a 32-bit Windows 7.
For those with this thumbnail problem that are running Windows 7 in 64bit format this is the fix to solve the problem. I will be sorting out my PC when I get home.
Thanks for all the other suggestions on how to fix the thumbnail problem. Unforunately, none of them worked for me on my laptop except for Bad213Boy's solution. It's really sad to find so much joy in watching your pdf's change to thumbnails as you look through the files in Explorer.
I would recommend Adobe makes a significant donation to Bad213Boy for all the effort that he has put in to solve a problem with their software!
Thank you for the link to the fix that really works
On a PC without admin rights, doing Reader > File > Open on your folder(s) seems about all that works.
Sadly these thumbnails expire quickly with normal use, as if to taunt your lowly non-admin status.
Works like a charm on Windows 8 too! I tried several things before but this was the first one that actually worked. Thanks a lot!
Very simple. Thank you!
Now all thumbnails are showing up!
The pretentiousname.com 'Fix' is very helpful and quite generous for them to have provided it free of charge, but it is not a complete solution.
It does solve the issue with thumbnail previews of PDFs viewed in Windows Explorer on a Windows 7 64 bit machine but it does not solve the issue of thumbnail previews of shortcuts to PDFs viewed in through Windows Explorer.
You can open each folder that contains PDFs from within Acrobat Reader and it will generate the previews for both PDF files and shortcuts to PDF files, and having done that you will see then see the previews appear in Windows Explorer... but if you update a folder with a new shortcut to a PDF then you would have to again view that folder from within Acrobat Reader before thumbnail previews for shortcuts to PDFs will display in Windows Explorer.
This is killing us as we have thousands of folders and tens of thousands of PDF files and having recently upgraded our office to 64 bit Windows and know understand why so many people are upset about this. And we fail to understand why Adobe has chosen not to do anything about it despite years of knowing of this issue. We feel particularly foolish as we have spent a considerable sum of money on Adobe products for our office (including AutoCAD).
Adobe has no viable solution, not even something a simple as a script that could be run to have Acrobat automatically scan all folders and sub folders and generate the thumbnail previews so that thumbnails will appear in Windows Explorer for both PDF files and shortcuts to PDF files. We are very disappointed in Adobe.
If anyone discovers a solution please post it.
I had the same issue after installing 64bit operating system. Very quick, very simple fix. Thank You very much. The preview is now working on the PDF files.
Dziękuję bardzo za ten post. To było bardzo pomocne i rozwiązać mój problem. I zostały poszukiwania ubiegłym tygodniu na rozwiązanie tego problemu miniatur ze standardem Adobe Acrobat X. Można by pomyśleć, mogli (Adobe) zapewnić jakiś rodzaj wsparcia dla tego.
This worked for me... Thank You!
Are there any updates yet for the latest CC 2015 on x64 ?
PDF and document thumbnails in windows are an absolute must for the workflow.
Please Adobe make your software professional.
This does work, however you need to select all sizes of thumbnails in the "Open" dialogue window. Then close the window. Only then can you preview pdfs in all thumbnail sizes in Explorer. I discovered when I only selected one thumbnail size, I still couldn't preview some pdfs in Explorer since they had been set to view in a different thumbnail size. I hope this makes sense to you all.
Would you please share what you did to solve this?
I am running Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit and for the life of me I can not get thumbnails to work for PDFs.
I am using Adobe Reader DC, and it just doesn't work though I've tried everything on this thread.
Acrobat Reader DC doesn't display thumbnails.
Well that's quite unacceptable.
Why is that so?
I guess I'll have to look for an other PDF reader that will actually do that.
Unless you guys plan on fixing this problem.
First check to make sure your pdfs are set to open with Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
1. Control Panel
2. Default Programs
3. Associate a file
4. Check if PDFs are set to open with Adobe. If not, change it.
5. Close Control panel.
6. Download and install latest Adobe Reader DC for Windows 8.1, 64 bit
7. Then, run Adobe Reader
8. Click on File
(Select folder with PDFs)
Choose VIEW, then click on XLarge Icons, then click on Large Icons, then click on Medium Icons. Small icons don't preview thumbnails.
Repeat with other folders containing PDFs
Note: You don't have to actually open a PDF file in Adobe for this to work. You can just be in a folder with PDFs and watch the thumbnails appear by changing how the icons in the folders are viewed with the VIEW button.
Hope this helps.
It works...only at step 1 .thank you !!
This doesn't work for me - I'm working on a Mac so not sure if that's the difference?
When I get to step 9. and click on the folder and VIEW there is no option available to click on Xlarge Icons, Large Icons, or any icons at all...
could you walk me through that part?
Thanks in anticipation..
The instructions are for Windows.
can anyone help me with a Mac workaround?
While this is not the optimum way to do things, I did find a sort-of fix.
If you are like me and have tons of folders with similar names or numbered files, so that the lack of thumbnails means you have to go into each folder and open each .pdf to see if you have the right one, etc...
I open the .pdf, go to File, Export, Image, .jpg. Then save that .jpg in the same folder as the .pdf. Then at least I can see a thumbnail preview of the .jpg in the folder, which is better than nothing.
Yes, its tedious and INCREDIBLY time consuming, but if you are going into all the folders all the time, it will be better in the long run.
Genius! Worked flawlessly! Thank you!
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Quick alternative - in your file explorer just go into view > preview pane.
Shows a large preview to the side much bigger than a thumbnail.
I have been talking with Adobe for DAYS and they basically told me that they have made an update and do not support thumbnails anymore. I've tried downloading older Acrobat's but it didn't solve the thumbnail and brought more on its own.
Save yourself the time wasting! Sometimes it seems the simplest fix is the best one!
Just use A-PDF Thumbnailer (Create web image thumbnailers and galleries from multiple PDFs. [A-PDF.com]), it's easy to use and you can make great thumbnails. I used it for my website, for which it was great.