Thumbnails are small pictures that allow you to preview files on your computer. The appearance of thumbnails vary depending on file. For example, video thumbnails often give an animated preview of the video clip. If you want to be able to see your thumbnails better, you need to increase their size. Windows XP allows its users to increase the size of the thumbnails by using the Registry Editor.
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Go to the "Start" menu and click "Run."
Type "regedit" in the search bar and hit "Enter."
Click the "Plus" (+) icon to expand the folders in the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following location: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer."
Click the "Explorer" folder.
Look for the "ThumbnailSize" key. If it is not there, you need to create one.
Right-click on an empty space and select "DWORD Value." Name the key "ThumbnailSize" (without spaces).
Double-click the "ThumbnailSize" value to edit the size of the thumbnails. You can choose Hexadecimal or Decimal. Decimal values range from 32 to 256, which converts to 20 to 100 in Hexadecimal values. As you increase the value, the size of the thumbnails increases. Increase the thumbnails to a size that fits your preferences.
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