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What is Thumbs.db

I have a file called thumbs.db, that shows up in different places all the time. Sometimes it is on my desktop, sometimes in the drop down list of files in a folder, and today it appeared in a sharing folder in MSN Messenger. If I try to move it I get a window asking if I really want to move a database file. Can anyone tell me about it?

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thumbnail views

In reply to: What is Thumbs.db

it could be the file that stores all of the thumbnail images for your files. i am not sure

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Normally these Thumbs.db files are hidden, so assuming you are using Windows XP it seems you have allowed "Protected System Files" to be displayed in Folder Options.

The files will appear when you are looking at the contents of a folder using Windows Explorer, eg My Computer, My Documents, etc, and changed the View options from Files or Details etc to Thumbnails. often the thumbs.db file remains even after you change the View options back.

They are normal system files and need not be deleted. But you can hide them again through Folder Options.


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I changed the folder options

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I went to folder options as you suggested and changed the view to not show hidden folders. I don't know why thumbs.db was showing, because I have never gone to folder options before.

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