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How to View Adobe Illustrator AI Thumbnails in Windows XP Explorer


Yesterday I wrote about a method of displaying Photoshop PSD Thumbnails directly in the windows explorer folder.

How to View Adobe Photoshop PSD Thumbnails in Windows XP Explorer


So today, I thought it would be great if you could also see Illustrator thumbnails in a folder.


Well now you can , and it’s just as easy as the Photoshop method.

The 2 step Instructions for doing this is shown below.


  1. Download and open the file, illustrator_thumbnails.zip (92kb)
  2. Copy aiicon.dll to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell - if the folder “shell” doesn’t exist create it
  3. Run AI_Thumb.reg (double click on it )
  4. You now can view Adobe Illustrator (AI) files in Thumbnails view within Windows Explorer.
  5. When in the folder where the .AI files are, Make sure that you select thumbnails from the views drop-down, or you may still see the icon as before.

ai dropdown1 300x104 How to View Adobe Illustrator AI Thumbnails in Windows XP Explorer


Let me know how you get on , and please leave a comment below. Your comments will help others as to how easy this useful technique is.

Credit to: http://lee-jones.com/blog

2 Response to How to View Adobe Illustrator AI Thumbnails in Windows XP Explorer

  1. pleasure to find such a good artical! please keep update!!........................................

  2. TQ~ and if u have any questions, be please to ask me ok~

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