Adobe Photoshop 6 and 7 are better than Photoshop CS and CS2? What? Huh?

Well not really, but one thing that version 6 and 7 did have, but was eliminated from CS and CS2, is the ability for Windows XP to display thumbnails of PSD images.

Since I had installed CS, and subsequently CS2, I noticed that I could no longer get thumbnail images to appear in Windows XP. I recently had a bit of time and tracked down the issue. Apparently, some people have had trouble with the thumbnail functionality so Adobe removed that feature. I have not had any real trouble with it. So I found out how to fix it.

Here is how to restore the thumbnail functionality. Download the thumbfix.exe or thumbfix.zip file from my web site and extract the files to a new folder. Copy the “psicon.dll” file to the C:\Program Files\Common Files\AdobeShell folder. Once that is done, double click on the “ThumbsForCS2.reg” file if you are running CS2 or the “ThumbsForCS.reg” file if you are running CS. This will prompt you with a dialog box similar to the following:

Are you sure you want to add the information in ThumbsForCS2.reg to the registry?

Click Yes

You should see the following dialog:

Information in ThumbsForCS2.reg has been successfully entered into the registry. Click Ok.

This .reg file tells Windows how to use the “psicon.dll” file.

You should now have Thumbnails once again!


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