A wonderful IE6 feature has been dropped in IE7

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by JethroUK©, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. JethroUK©

    JethroUK© Guest

    IE6 thumbnails !!!!!!!!!

    I don't think many people used it which prolly explains why it was dropped -
    If you've never used it:

    Open your 'favorites' folder in windows
    Choose View>Thumbnails
    Wait a few seconds for the thumbnails to initialise (only once) and hey
    Now isn't that the greatest?

    I used to have a shortcut to my favorites on my desktop just for that reason

    Alas IE7 poo-pooed on it - all i get now is blue 'e's :eek:(

    I have found no benefit to IE7 so can I install IE6 on Vista?
    JethroUK©, Sep 4, 2007
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  2. Hi!

    I am running Windows 2000 Professional and Internet Explorer 6 SP1. I did
    updates to Windows and IE6 (no 7) and suddenly I cannot see the thumbnails
    anymore. Live Search shows up blank on the right side of the screen. I have
    been going nuts over this. Several community responses have not helped me get
    my thumbnails back. I just don't know of anyone that does NOT use the
    thumbnails around me. What is happening? Do you know?
    Miami Old Lady, Sep 4, 2007
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  3. JethroUK©

    Leonard Grey Guest

    Thumbnails work fine for me in IE 7, so long as the Favorite has a
    favicon. Same as in IE 6.
    Leonard Grey, Sep 4, 2007
  4. Hi!

    Does that work in Windows 2000 Professional? I cannot find where I can put a
    "favicon" in my Favorites. I think you might be talking about XP or Vista. Am
    I correct?
    Miami Old Lady, Sep 4, 2007
  5. JethroUK©

    Leonard Grey Guest

    Internet Explorer 6 stores favicons in TIF. As soon as TIF is cleared,
    the favicon is lost.

    To learn how to save favicons, simply use "saving favicons" (without the
    quotes) as a search term in Google or the search engine of your choice.
    Leonard Grey, Sep 4, 2007
  6. JethroUK©

    JethroUK© Guest

    I think you're just talking about custom icons - I'm talking about a
    thumbnail preview of the web page in IE6 which is quite different and no
    longer supported
    JethroUK©, Sep 4, 2007
  7. JethroUK©

    Leonard Grey Guest

    I have IE 6 here at work and there are no thumbnail previews of web
    pages. Could you have been using a third party application?
    Leonard Grey, Sep 4, 2007
  8. JethroUK©

    Gordon Guest

    Oh yes it is - it's called Quicktabs.....
    Gordon, Sep 4, 2007
  9. Hi,

    If you are comfortable working with the Registry, you can add the two
    following Registry Keys to restore HTM||HTML Thumbnail views in Windows

    DWORD Value = Default
    DATA Value = {EAB841A0-9550-11cf-8C16-00805F1408F3}

    DWORD Value = Default
    DATA Value = {EAB841A0-9550-11cf-8C16-00805F1408F3}

    If they already exist, make sure they are pointing to the correct CLSID
    which is:


    This CLSID points to "shimgvw.dll" which is the "Windows Picture and Fax

    Good luck,

    Donald Anadell
    Donald Anadell, Sep 4, 2007
  10. JethroUK©

    JethroUK© Guest

    I have literally dozens of folders full of webpages & links (works equally
    well with either) to show thumbnails which no longer work since upgrading
    from IE6 to Vista/IE7 - but i don't know anyone else that's ever used this
    feature & maybe it was dropped with a service pack - have you tried my
    earlier suggestion - just open your favorites folder in windows explorer and
    choose View>thumbnails - you may have to wait as much as a minute (depends
    how many you have) for it to initialise all the thumbnails - you can provoke
    this by right-click on the link and choose 'refresh' - but for sure it
    worked in IE6 and i have had it confirmed this was dropped in IE7
    JethroUK©, Sep 4, 2007
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    JethroUK© Guest

    JethroUK©, Sep 4, 2007
  12. JethroUK©

    Leonard Grey Guest

    I've had my Favorites set to display as thumbnails for 7 minutes now and
    see nothing more than blue e's.

    I use Windows Explorer almost exclusively to manage my Favorites and
    have yet to see a page view as a thumbnail. If you see page views I'd
    like to know how. (Although I personally don't see the usefulness in a
    thumbnail sized version of a web page.)
    Leonard Grey, Sep 4, 2007
  13. JethroUK©

    JethroUK© Guest

    Like i say, this functionality may have been removed with a service pack
    (half-way-through IE6)

    As far as how useful it was - it was as useful as any other type of
    thumbnail - but it seems it didn't get much support which is prolly why they
    dropped it

    I intend to fire up my old XP machine and when i do i'll post some screen

    I found only one other post about the subject whilst looking for a solution:

    JethroUK©, Sep 4, 2007
  14. JethroUK©

    PA Bear Guest

    I have found no benefit to IE7 so can I install IE6 on Vista?

    PA Bear, Sep 5, 2007
  15. I am a handicapped person who works under Windows 2000 SP4, with Internet
    Explorer 6 SP1 constantly. The preview page thumbnails are extremely helpful
    when working with limited mobility, to avoid looking at web pages unrelated
    to my work.

    After installing a recent Microsoft update, the thumbnails disappeared. All
    I see is a blank page on the right side (preview) page of the screen. I have
    contacted Microsoft and they are working on the issue. So far they have spent
    two days and the case has been escalated to a senior engineer.

    If Microsoft removed this functionality from Internet Explorer, many other
    handicapped people will suffer. This is simply not acceptable!!!
    Miami Old Lady, Sep 5, 2007
  16. JethroUK©

    Leonard Grey Guest

    I'm not doubting your sincerity for one second, but I would like to know
    how a thumbnail-sized CNN or New York Times, for example, are useful to
    you. How much information can you glean from any web page that is the
    size of a thumbnail?
    Leonard Grey, Sep 5, 2007
  17. Leonard:

    I use the thumbnails to avoid opening web sites that are totally irrelevant.
    My mobility is very limited. I cannot "hover" over the name of a site to read
    what it is about. Preview thumbnails are usually created by the owners of web
    sites to show its contents and they don't disappear from the screen until one
    of them is clicked on.

    If you ever saw them, you might understand how they work and what use they
    are to limited mobility handicapped persons. The Internet Explorer updates
    should have said clearly that the update removed the functionality. I, for
    one, would not have applied that update at all!
    Miami Old Lady, Sep 5, 2007
  18. JethroUK©

    Leonard Grey Guest

    What you are describing does not sound like the thumbnails feature of
    Windows explorer. It sounds more like something that is either coded
    into a web page or a service provided by a third-party application.

    If a web page designer has coded this into a web page that you are
    viewing, and you do not see the thumbnail, that might be because you
    have pop-up blocking turned on in Internet Explorer or in your security

    If this feature is implemented by third-party software, you may not be
    seeing your thumbnails because the software is not installed on your
    computer or is not compatible with Internet Explorer.

    Please provide a web page URL that has the feature you are describing.
    We can see the coding underlying the page.
    Leonard Grey, Sep 5, 2007
  19. JethroUK©

    PA Bear Guest

    Different type of "thumbnail", Leonard, and they're talking about Internet

    Open Favorites then hover your cursor over a link; what appears is the
    "thumbnail" they're talking about - more or less disaplays a /précis/ of the
    page title as well as the URL. They persist for me in WinXP SP2/IE7; AFAIK,
    this feature has not been removed by any IE version or update.
    PA Bear, Sep 6, 2007
  20. JethroUK©

    JethroUK© Guest

    They aren't the thumbnails i'm posting about - the thumbnails I 'used to'
    have are actual miniture pictures of the web page that you can see in
    windows explorer view>thumbnails - they are buffered (as per the web page
    itself) but can be updated via 'refresh' - they are certainly available in
    IE5 & no longer available in IE7 and i deduce were actually made obsolete by
    an IE6 service pack - I've discussed these many times & never heard of a
    single person using them and prolly hence the demise - in IE7 i can have
    small blue 'e's or big blue 'e's - Kelly's Korner had a registry tweak for
    restoring thumbnails in Win XP (including .htm & .html)


    and i beleive a small mod could restore the same in Vista/IE7 & i look
    forward to it - because of the addresses it may well work 'as is' for Win
    JethroUK©, Sep 6, 2007
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