How To See Thumbnails Of SVG Files

The Cliff Notes Version - Use the svg viewer extension found here:

I use a laptop running Windows 10, so my screenshots are based on that operating system, with chrome as my default browser.  

This has been driving me nuts since I first started working with my cricut machine earlier this fall.  My laptop displayed the thumbnails of svg files as Chrome icons (Chrome is my default web browser) and to see the file, I had to open it.  I really wanted to be able to browse through my collection of downloaded svgs, without opening each one.

A few google searches finally took me to an SVG viewer extension. 
The very top one will work for most of you - if you are running Windows 10

If you don't know if you are running 32bit or 64 bit, go to Control Panel (in your start menu, choose windows system, control panel will be in there) and click on System & Secrurity:
Next choose "View The Amount Of Ram & Processor Speed"

And your answer will be under system - see system type?  Mine says 64 bit operating system, x64 based processor.
So I go to and download the 64 bit option.  This will download as an exe file.  Click on it to run it, follow the prompts.

And Voila - 

For my downloads folder, this was immediate - I didn't have to do anything else, once it was installed, I saw previews!  For my Dropbox folder (I back up all of my svg files and fonts in dropbox - sorted in folders by theme.  That way when I do something stupid like break my laptop, I still have access to everything on my new laptop... ) I had to restart my computer.

You may need to change your view settings - at the top left of the screen - to "icons" if you are  currently viewing in detail or list.

The 51 states  SVG collection is free here -
I used it as an example simply because it was the first folder in my files.  :-)
All of my favorite places to find free svg files can be found here:


  1. Thank you!!!! This has been driving me crazy and now it is all fixed

  2. Does this still work? I cannot get it to work on my new laptop :(

    1. It still works for me... maybe restart your computer? LOL! I think that is the standard answer to every computer problem.. I hope it starts working for you!

  3. I LOVE YOU! Thank you sooooo much for sharing this.....I would spend more time opening the dang file trying to find what I needed, then have given me MORE time for playing with my Cricut! THANKYOU!


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