Have you ever wondered how to preview SVG files in Windows 10 with File Explorer like this?
Unfortunately it is not a built-in feature, as it is with the MAC operating system. To enable the ability to view SVG thumbnails in Windows 10 File Explorer, there is an extension you can install called the SVG Explorer Extension. For those with a lot of SVGs, this makes it way easier to browse and preview their SVG files in Windows. In the video, I also demonstrate Adobe Bridge, which is a free tool to preview SVG files and other image files. You can watch video that explains everything you need to know below.
Here are the basics, as explained in the video.
Click here to download the SVG Explorer Extension. Note where you saved it.
Close all applications and run the install. If Windows Defender attempts to block the install, just click on “More info” to install. This is shown in the video.
Once installed, reboot your computer and you should now be able to view SVG thumbnail previews in File Explorer.
Troubleshooting (Things to try if it does not work)
Check File Explorer options. Under the View tab, make sure “Always show icons, never thumbnails” option is UNCHECKED.
If you installed an application associated with an SVG file, you may have to re-associate the SVG file format to Internet Explorer. I have seen this happen to a few people. Both this and the previous issue is explained in the video.
If steps 1 & 2 do not work, it is recommended to reach out to the developers on the download page to see if they can assist.
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We just added a wishlist option of our online store. The following video explains the basics of using this simple wishlist feature. It is best used when you are logged into your account, allowing you to save SVG files to your wishlist before you decide to purchase. You can also easily move the saved SVG files to the cart at any time. This short video explains.
Starting this month, May 2019, we now include a complete SVG file within our SVG files folder with each SVG design you purchase. This complete file contains all the individual SVG files for ease of importing one single file versus several. The single SVG files are still included for those that may find it more beneficial to use, such as Scan n Cut users.
Once you unzip the file, look for the Complete File folder within SVG Files folder with 2 versions of the complete file, one with dashed scorelines and one with solid scorelines (for machines that are capable of using solid scorelines). It takes a long time to update older files, so that this time we are not updating older SVG designs with the complete file. We may modify them in the future.
Cricut Design Space
For Cricut Design Space users, this means there will be a few steps needed to use the file properly. After uploading the complete file into Design Space, you have to ungroup the file to attach the scorelines. To help you, we created this brief tutorial on showing how to use the complete file.
IMPORTANT CRICUT DS UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 2020
If you use the browser-based Cricut Design Space, any SVG file over 23.5″ will automatically be resized to 23.5″ width when inserted into a project. The threshold used to be 11.5″, which is reflected in the video. You can still use the complete file, but you will have to resize the width of the file once to the width shown in the PDF reference document included with all SVG files. Video addresses this change. If you use the Cricut Design Space Beta Desktop software, the files are now importing at the correct size. Lastly, those using the iPad/iPhone app may intermittently face sizing issues.
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and above
For Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and above users, it really only is a drag and drop into Silhouette Studio. Then all you have to do is ungroup the file, combine the cut files by color as desired and cut them out. We even have a tutorial on how to use the solid scoreline file versions with your Cameo 3, if you have never done so. Click here to view the tutorial on using solid scorelines with your Cameo. Most users still use the dashed scoreline version. Here is a quick video on using the complete file.
Other Die Cutting Software
The complete files can also be easily imported into Sure Cuts a Lot and eCAL using the standard import process. The individual SVG files will still be available for software that requires the smaller individual SVG files, like Scan n Cut and perhaps other die cutting software. If you ever need additional assistance, contact us and we will do our best to help!
Today, I decided to do something a little different. We used the Bonus Basic Sticky Notepad Holder from the Decorative Sticky Notepads SVG File to make this Camping Sticky Notepad holder with a Camping Trailer on it. I could have easily used any of the notepad designs from this set…the only difference is the front of the holder. For most of our designs, it is simple to modify the designs to customize it to a specific theme. Often, you are looking for a gift and cannot find a completed project that fits your needs. This is when it is helpful to utilize some of your software’s tools to get it done. For this project, I used Cricut Design Space 3.
Here is the completed holder with a 3″ x 3″ notepad. I love these holders, as they are so easy to customize and make. AND they are a great gift for anyone that works in an office. You can make them any theme.
Watch this video that shows how I combined our SVG file with a Cricut camping trailer image within Cricut Design Space 3 to create the final project.
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