How To Clear & Reset The Thumbnail Cache In Windows 10


If you are having issues with the File Explorer not showing you thumbnails what you should do it try clearing and resting the thumbnail cache.

What’s is a thumbnail cache?

Thumbnail is basically a preview of the file and a thumbnail cache is the copy of all your documents, pictures and videos stored in a file. Windows stores the thumbnails of all the documents so it can be shown without any delay when you view them.

In Windows 10, thumbnail cache files are stored under C:\Users\UserName \AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer. After navigating to the above said location, you need to uncheck the option labelled Show hidden operating system files as well as show hidden files and folders.


If your Windows 10 is not properly showing cache or its showing corrupt cache you need to follow the given methods.

3 ways to clear thumbnail cache in Windows 10.

Method 1 of 3

Clear thumbnail cache using Disk cleanup

Step 1: type Disk Cleanup in the start menu search box and then press enter.


Step 2: The drive selection screen will appear, select your device and then press enter.

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Step 3: Then a dialogue will appear, select ONLY thumbnail and then click OK to delete the thumbnail cache.


Click yes to any confirmation dialogue and that’s it!


Method 2 of 3

Clear thumbnail cache using a third-party program

There are also tools available to do this job and one of them is Thumbnail Database Cleaner.

Using Thumbnail Database Cleaner to clear thumbnail files

Step 1: Download Thumbnail Database Cleaner from the link given below.

Step 2: Run the program and install it. Now open the software installed.

Step 3: Now click Start Search button to find all the thumbnail cache files.


Step 4: Select all thumbnails and click clear.

Method 3 of 3

Use Command Prompt to clear thumbnail cache

Step 1: Close all running apps.

Step 2: Right-click on the start button and then run Command prompt.

Step 3: Now type the following and then press enter.

cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Step 4: Type attrib -h thumbcache_*.db and then press Enter key.

Step 5: Now type in “del thumbcache_*.db” and then press enter. The system will delete all the thumbnail cache. Restart your PC once and the process is completed.