Displaying Thumbnail Images in CorelCONNECT or Windows Explorer

Corel’s introduction of Corel CONNECT greatly help designers easily find the files they need in order to create and finish their project. It is also a great tool to just browse the thousands of free cliparts and photos from the suite’s content pack as well as the third party websites like Flickr, Fotolia and iStockphoto as the application can display the thumbnail preview of the CDR or CPT file.

Figure 1: Thumbnails are displayed properly


Figure 2: Thumbnails are shown as CorelDRAW file icons

However, there rare instances where in the image preview of the thumbnail is not displayed.

Below are the steps that can be taken to resolve this:

Step 1 – File Association

Browse to a file directory that contains a CDR file. If you do not have a file yet, you can go to the Extra Content folder which is, by default, saved in your computer’s Shared Documents.

Right click on a file then choose Open With > Choose Program.

Choose CorelDRAW and make sure to tick the box that says “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.” Save the changes.

Step 2 – Windows Shell Extension

An essential part of the program is called Corel Graphics Windows Shell Extension. To make sure that this component is installed navigate to Add/Remove Programs (for Windows XP) or Programs and Features (for Vista and Windows 7).

Figure 3: If installed the program should appear on your program listing with ~ 1.54MB installation footprint

If the component does not appear on your program listing, you would need to repair your CorelDRAW installation.

Choose CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 from the program list then click the Change/Remove button. This will start the repair procedure.
When prompted, choose “Modify” from the options presented then proceed to the next step.

Go to the Features tab then at the utilities drop down menu, make sure that Windows Shell Extension is checked.

Finish the installation by clicking Install Now on the next step.

Corel CONNECT should now be able to display image thumbnail previews.

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