Enable Thumbnail View for PSD Files in Windows Explorer

In the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop with the inclusion of Adobe Bridge the thumbnail view of PSD files within the windows explorer is no more present. This can be really difficult if you intend to see the preview of the file you need to open the Adobe Bridge in order to view the preview, which consumes a lot of RAM.

Another way is to restore the thumbnail view for the PSD files within explorer.

Here’s how to restore thumbnails for PSD in explorer

The psd thumbnail view is not included by design in the latest version of Photoshop.

To restore this feature, follow these steps:

  1. Download psicon.dll
  2. Place the DLL in C:Program FilesCommon FilesAdobeShell
  3. Thumbnail previews of PSD files are now back

The psicon.dll can be downloaded from here.

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