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Windows computers do not have a built-in ability to show thumbnail previews for SVG files, like you may be used to for JPG or PNG files. Instead, your computer will show the icon for the program your computer has associated with the SVG format. For most Windows computers, that association starts out as your default web browser. In the image below, it has been changed to Adobe Illustrator:
If you have a PNG file in the set, you can always see the preview, but if you have a folder of SVG files it would be much easier to have thumbnails showing for those!
Fortunately, there is an easy plugin you can add to your Windows computer that will let you see SVG thumbnail previews.
There are two versions of the file, one for 32-bit Windows and one for 64-bit Windows. If you aren’t sure which type you have, visit Control Panel System and Security > System on your computer; the type of Windows you have will shop up in the “system type” line:
Once you know whether you need the 32-bit or the 64-bit, you can download the SVG Explorer Extension plugin from here: 18f36e80bc19474cfd9eb1192cb27be4 *
If you have the 64-bit system, download the top file with “x64” in the name, if you have the 32-bit system then choose the one with “i386” in the name.
Once downloaded, you can double-click on the file to install the plugin to your computer. You may need to restart your computer in order to get the plugin to fully activate within your computer.
After installation, you’ll see the thumbnails of SVG files when you look at your folder contents with medium, large, or extra large icons. The program you have associated with SVG files will still have a small icon of its own in the corner.
*Design Bundles is not affiliated with the creators of this plugin, and cannot be held responsible for any issues that may arise if you choose to use this plugin. This is a popular plugin, recommended by a large number of marketplaces and sites across the internet.