A reader is worried about suddenly missing images:

“I have a big problem. Just recently, for no reason that I am aware of, my folders and jpgs have changed in that the folders look like they are empty where they used to have a facsimile piece of paper sticking out of them and the jpgs no longer show the actual photos but only a small icon with what looks like a mountain range and the moon. I have searched and checked the show hidden files. I really need help as I have to double click on the jpgs just to see what it is. I hope this makes sense and appreciate if you are able to help me solve this mystery. I have scanned my computer for viruses and any other problems and the results are that my computer is in excellent condition. There is a problem, and it is not in Houston.”

My guess is that you don’t have a big problem. Or even a small one. You just need to make a couple of quick adjustments to how you view your folders.

Do your icons look like this?

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If so, it’s one of several options for viewing the files in a picture folder. Let’s look up at the top of File Explorer. Click the View tab.

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You’ll find options to view Extra large icons, Small icons, Tiles, Large icons, List, Content, Medium Icons, Content, or Details.

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The view I showed you above is List. If I click Details, I’ll see this.

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To see icons that preview your images, go with Medium, Large, or Extra Large Icons.

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