How To Preview SVG Files In Windows 10 File Explorer

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Wouldn’t it be easier if you could see a little thumbnail preview in Windows 10 File Explorer of your SVG files? You can!

In this Windows 10 tutorial, you’ll find a short video tutorial along with step-by-step written directions on how to use thumbnail previews of your SVG files.

Video Tutorial – How To Preview SVG Files

Written Step-By-Step How Preview SVG Files In Windows 10 File Explorer

The steps below will outline the same information presented in the video tutorial.

In Windows 10 File Explorer, it can be difficult to see which file is an SVG and what it looks like as shown above. These steps will walk you through how to install a SVG Explorer Extension to make the task easier.

We’ll first need to determine if your computer uses a 32 bit or 64 bit version of Windows. To do this, navigate to your systems settings. Type about in the search bar, and “About Your PC” will appear. Click to open.

On the “About” screen. Take note of your System type. As shown above, my Windows 10 system is a 64-bit operating system.

Next, navigate to Github to download the appropriate extension based on your operating system.
https://github.com/tibold/svg-explorer-extension/releases


Once downloaded, double-click the .exe file to install the SVG Explorer Extension on your computer. Once the install finishes, you will need to restart your computer for changes to take effect.

Magic! After restart, navigate to where you have saved SVG files and use either the Large Icon or Extra Large Icon views and you’ll now be able to preview SVG files. 💜

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18 Comments

  1. This is a great idea. I have Windows 10 but I use Firefox. Have you heard if this extension is working in Firefox?

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  2. Thank you for this. It has been driving me crazy not being able to see the SVG! I am really enjoying all your freebies.

  3. It worked! Thank you so much! I am seeing SVG’s that I have not seen in a while! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Thank you so much for your quick response in Facebook. I got this downloaded and can now see the files. I can now import them into Silhouette Design Studio and see them there as well.
    Your are really awesome, helpful and do so much for us all.
    I can’t thank you enough.

  5. Oh my gracious, I am so happy to have seen this post and followed the link. It’s a total game changer. I never know if I have downloaded a file or not because it’s too time consuming to click on each icon to see what it is. Now that problem is solved and I cannot thank you enough!!

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