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bjclark70
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April 27, 2013 - 10:12 am
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I am using Windows 7 and Picasa to handle my photos.

The oddest thing happened to the photos in "My Pictures". They went from being photos to being little square pictures of what looks like tan hills and pine trees. All of them. Can anyone tell me what I have done?

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Alan Wade
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If I am understanding you correctly then the thumbnails when you open a folder has changed to little square pictures?
If this is correct, open the folder and look to the upper left and you will see a square and a down arrow. Click on this arrow and select Large Icons, does this fix your thumbnail view?

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No it doesn't. I've tried all of those choices but nothing works. Is there anything else I can try? Thanks.

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There are two places that can affect the display of pics/thumbnails in folders: 1. folder options, and 2. visual performance options.
1. Folder options - Open a folder and click Alt+T to open the Tools menu and then click on folder options. On the View tab make sure that "Always show icons, never thumbnails" is NOT checked. Click OK if you make any changes.
2. Visual performance settings - Click the Start Orb and place your mouse over Computer. Right click and select Properties to open the System window. After the window opens click on Advanced System Settings to open the System Properties window. Click on the third tab, Advanced, and click on the Settings button in the Performance area. Check the Visual Effects tab and if you have the "Show thumbnails instead of icons" option make sure it is unchecked. Click OK if you make any changes.

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Thanks so much Dave! You hit on the solution in #1. For some unknown reason, I checked "Always show icons never thumbnails". My daughter calls me "Happy fingers" because I venture where no novice should ever go, and check unfamiliar boxes causing myself many computer problems. Your instructions were very detailed and easy to follow. Thanks again.Smile

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bjclark70 said

Thanks so much Dave! You hit on the solution in #1. For some unknown reason, I checked "Always show icons never thumbnails". My daughter calls me "Happy fingers" because I venture where no novice should ever go, and check unfamiliar boxes causing myself many computer problems.

No problem, Happy Fingers! :)
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