MP3 Album Art (Cover Image) Not Displayed in Explorer Preview Pane?

MP3 files can contain embedded album art, which is displayed in the File Explorer Preview Pane as well as Details pane by default. If it’s not displayed in your system, this may be because you disabled the thumbnail view in Folder Options Control Panel.



  • In File Explorer, click the View tab, and click Options.
  • Uncheck Always show icons, never thumbnails, and click OK.

This should show the album art in the Preview Pane or in the Details Pane, whichever is enabled.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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