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I want movies to be displayed simply as movie icons.

But currently, and for the past few years, Finder loads (and if it is a strange format converts) the video and then displays an icon showing a still from the movie. That is very very annoying. How can I switch that off?

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To turn off the Finder's icon preview feature:

  • Right click on the desktop > Choose 'Show View Options'
  • Uncheck 'Show icon preview'
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I just noticed that it was switched off on my Mac Pro (which still for some reasons starts converting Windows Media movies when opening a folder) and I guess it switched off on my MacBook too, until the Lion upgrade. –  Andrew J. Brehm Feb 5 '12 at 13:58
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