Have you ever wondered how to preview SVG files in Windows 10 with File Explorer like this?

How to Preview SVG files Example

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.

  1. Click here to download the SVG Explorer Extension.  Note where you saved it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)

  1. Check File Explorer options.  Under the View tab, make sure “Always show icons, never thumbnails” option is UNCHECKED.
    How to Preview SVG files File Options Window
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

I hope a few found this helpful.  If you did, I would appreciate a LIKE on my video!  Now that you know how to do it,  Click here to shop for few new SVG files to your collection!

Sandy