How to Customize Thumbnail Preview Border for Images and Videos in Windows 7

13 Mar

In Windows Vista and 7 Explorer, if you set “Thumbnail” view for a folder containing images or videos, it shows the thumbnails having a nice looking border with shadow effect.

In this tutorial, we’ll tell you about a small registry trick which helps you in customizing these thumbnails border. You can remove the drop-shadow effect or add different effects to the thumbnails.

Note: The default border for thumbnails in Windows Explorer is the Border-2 image .

So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

1. Open the Start Menu and type regedit in the search box, then press Enter.

2.In regedit, navigate to the location below:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image (to customize border for images)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\video (to customize border for videos)

3. In the right pane of the registry, right click on Treatment and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)

4. Type in the value data number set its value to any of following then click on Ok

0 – To remove the border (Makes thumbnail preview a little bit faster)
1 – To add drop-shadow effect
2 – To add photo-shadow effect
3 – To add video reel like effect

5. Close regedit.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.


One Response to “How to Customize Thumbnail Preview Border for Images and Videos in Windows 7”

  1. Ed June 17, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    My 64-bit Win 7 does not have SystemFileAssociations folder inside HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

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