There are so many ways that you can customize Vista. Did you know that you can even change the size of your thumbnails? Unfortunately, the process is a little more difficult than just a click of the mouse.

To alter the size of thumbnails, you have to add a new value to the registry. Just follow the steps listed below only after you have completed a registry backup (or at least make a copy of the key you are altering).

  1. Click Start and type Registry Editor in the Search field.
  2. Press Enter.
  3. Within the Registry Editor, locate the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.
  4. From the Edit menu, point to New, and click DWORD Value.
  5. Type in ThumbnailSize and press Enter.
  6. Double click the new value. Enter in a hexadecimal value between 32 and 256.
  7. Close the registry editor.

When you are entering in a value, remember that 32 is the lowest and 256 is the highest. So if you use a value of 32, your thumbnails will be at their smallest. You may have to test a few different values until you find a thumbnail size you are happy with.

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