Displaying thumbnails of 3ds Max files
Displaying thumbnails of 3ds Max files in Windows Explorer helps much easier to navigate to the files you work with. Thumbnail handlers allows display thumbnails in Explorer which can be created by third-party developers, as in the case of the .max files. If instead of thumbnails in Windows Explorer .max files are displayed as icons, the following solution should help you.
The problem of displaying .max thumbnails in Windows Explorer well known for many years, but not so long ago, Autodesk reported that the problem was solved. However, if you install multiple versions of 3ds max simultaneously the problem persisted. The fact of the matter is that the installer 3ds max fails to register the MaxThumbnailShellExt.dll file that is responsible for displaying thumbnails in Windows Explorer. This file is in the root folder of the 3ds max, starting with version 2014+.
So, to solve this problem you should register MaxThumbnailShellExt.dll manually:
regsvr32 "X:\3dsmax root folder\MaxThumbnailShellExt.dll"
example for 3ds max 2016:
regsvr32 "D:\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016\MaxThumbnailShellExt.dll"
If the operation is successful, you will see the following message in the window.
- Perhaps, you may have to restart the system and cleaning thumbnails cache.
I actively use several more thumbnails handlers to view preview of the video files and pictures in Windows Explorer, I recommend you to get acquainted with them: