File Preview Missing

Why are my SOLIDWORKS Thumbnails and Previews missing? [PART 2]

If SOLIDWORKS thumbnails in Windows Explorer or in the Preview Pane of the Open dialog are not visible, there are several reasons that could cause this problem. Please follow the solutions listed below: STEP 1: Firstly, follow all the solutions mentioned in Part 1: Why are my SOLIDWORKS Thumbnails and Previews missing? If the steps mentioned above didn’t fix the problem then: STEP 2:  Run SOLIDWORKS as Administrator > Start SOLIDWORKS > Tools > Options > File Explorer > “Restore File Associations” STEP 3: If that does not work. Find the keys mentioned below in the registry editor. To do so, launch the Registry editor through Windows Search > Type Regedit > Right click and run it as an administrator.  This will launch Registry editor window. Locate each key and right-click on it and choose “Export”. After exporting/backing up the keys, right click and delete each of them. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.sldasm HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.sldprt HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.slddrw HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SldPart.Document HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SldAssem.Document HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SldDraw.Document HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.sldprt…

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Why is the file preview missing in my SOLIDWORKS Open dialog?

Recently I experienced a problem with SOLIDWORKS where there was no preview of my model displayed in the File > Open dialog. As you can see in the figure below the preview icon was displayed instead of the actual model? At some point I must have enabled an option that caused this behavior (I can’t tell you why or when though).  Even though the issue was seen in SOLIDWORKS, the setting is actually a Windows File Explorer option. So let’s have a look at the option and one other in the same area. Reactivating the file preview Here’s how to get to the option. In File Explorer, click on the Tools menu.  If the menu is not showing in File Explorer press the “Alt” key. There’s actually an option for showing the menu in the same area that we’re heading to.  In the Tools menu, click Folder Options. To show previews in the dialog make sure…

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