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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows)

Got thumbs.db in Windows Explorer? Here's what they are and what you can safely do with them.

I spend a good amount of time in Windows Explorer doing various tasks. Every now and then I run across a file I'm not familiar with and I'm not sure what to do with. Thumbs.db is a good example, it has an odd extension: .db.
You won't see any thumbs.db files unless you've checked "Show Hidden Files and Folders" in the Folder Options panel and are using the icon mode in Explorer, so if you haven't seen them that's probably why. :)
Thumbs.db is much like its name. It stores graphics, movie, and some document files then generates a preview of the folder contents using a thumbnail cache.
These folders are generated automatically by Windows so that folder content doesn't need to be recalculated every time the folder is viewed.



You can disable thumbs.db from being created, which can be useful if you are low on disk space. I've used both modes (enabled and di…