How to remove Thumbs.db file in Windows 11 or Windows 10

The thumbs.db file is a database file. It contains information about the small thumbnails or icons in File Explorer.

By default, the thumbs.db file is hidden and does not become visible until you display all hidden files in Windows.

The thumbs.db stores cached icons so that File Explorer does not have to generate these icons (“thumbnails”) every time.

If you want to delete or disable the thumbs.db file you can do so in several ways. In this article, you will read how to disable or delete the thumbs.db file via the Windows registry or via an app.

Disable or remove thumbs.db file in Windows 11 or Windows 10

Disable thumbs.db file

Open the Windows registry. Right-click the Start button, click on Run. In the Run box type: regedit.exe

In the left pane open the following folder structure:


Next, right-click on the “Windows” folder and click New and then Key.

Give this key the following name “Explorer”. Then, right-click “Explorer” again, click New, and then “DWORD value 32-bit”.

Give this DWORD 32-bit value the following name “DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders”. Then, double-click it and change the value to “1”.

You can see the result below.


Click OK and restart your computer.

Remove Thumbs.db file with app

Thumbs Remover searches for Thumbs.db files on entire hard drives (internal or external), USB devices, or single folders and subfolders. After that, you can browse through all found Thumbs.db files and then choose whether to delete them or not.

Thumb Remover can also enable or disable the Thumbs.db creation process in Windows for both local and remote folders (only for remote folders in Windows Vista and later), it supports integration in the context menu of File Explorer, when you right-click on a folder or drive.

Download Thumbs.db remover.

Click Start to search for old references in the thumbs.db file.

Thumbs remover

I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!

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