Show/Hide Filenames in XP Thumbnails View

Did you know that if you hold down the SHIFT key when selecting Thumbnails View or opening a folder, the Filenames for the items will not be displayed? I didn’t, but just found out because for some reason I had no filenames in any of my Thumbnails view and could not figure out why. This seems like an obscure feature since I could find no mention of it anywhere, and it took me 15 min to search for the answer on the web.

Here is an example. While this is usefull for Picture Views, it’s usless for looking at folders/files.

[via MalekTips]

Comments (3)

  1. There was a bug in some earlier versions of the scanner/camera wizard that would actually make this the DEFAULT view for thumbnails. It was so annoying because it would happen for no apparent reason and as a dumb user who has no idea of the shift key thing, you have no way of knowing how to turn it off.

  2. kostas says:


    The colors you have in the border of the window in the screenshot…Is it a theme, because it’s not the windows default…



    PS: Nice tip 😉

  3. Omar Shahine says:

    The theme is from the Tablet PC Experience Pack.