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Get SVG thumbnails in File Explorer on Windows 10



The Windows PowerToys icon on a blue background

If you often work with SVG files, you may become frustrated with the lack of SVG thumbnails in Windows 10. Fortunately, PowerToys allows you to see thumbnails in File Explorer without any problem. Here’s how to set it up

Install PowerToys

To see SVG thumbnails in File Explorer, you need help from Microsoft̵

7;s free PowerToys utility, which you can download for free from GitHub. The latest version is usually at the top of the download page.

Then install “PowerToys” and you will be able to see standard SVG thumbnails. You can see them on the desktop, in File Explorer windows, and in the Preview window of File Explorer.

Examples of SVG thumbnails in Windows 10

Toggle SVG thumbnails on and off

SVG thumbnails are enabled by default after you install PowerToys, you don’t need to do anything else.

But if you want to disable SVG thumbnails later (without removing PowerToys) or if you have previously disabled and want to enable them, run “PowerToys Settings”. Click on ‘General’ in the sidebar and then click on ‘Restart as administrator’.

Click

When “PowerToys Settings” reloads (you may find it minimized in your system tray), click “File Explorer” in the sidebar and you will see options related to enabling or disabling SVG thumbnails. Click on the options you want to change.

Open PowerToys Settings and click

When done, close “PowerToys Settings” and restart your machine. When you log back in, the changes will take effect. Have fun with PowerToys!

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