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What is PSP Thumbnail Handler?

PSP Thumbnail Handler is a free utility developed by Bot Productions. When viewing files on your computer with Windows Explorer's thumbnails view, this utility allows you to view thumbnails of Paint Shop Pro images.

PSP Thumbnail Handler is a shell extension, a plugin for Windows Explorer. It can display thumbnails of the following types:

  • psp (Images, PSP 6 or 7)
  • tub (Picture tubes, PSP 7)
  • jsl (Shapes, PSP 7)
  • pfr (Picture frames, PSP 7)
  • pspimage (Images, PSP 8+)
  • psptube (Picture tubes, PSP 8+)
  • pspshape (Shapes, PSP 8+)
  • pspframe (Picture frames, PSP 8+)

Also, PSP Thumbnail Handler allows you to view the dimensions of PSP images in Windows Explorer's details view, when running on Windows XP or newer operating systems.

What's New in PSP Thumbnail Handler 2.1?

Version 2.1 is a minor update to version 2.0, adding several features:

  • A 64-bit version for x64 editions of Windows
  • Full Unicode support on Windows 2000, XP, and newer versions
  • Uses Bot Productions Setup 3.0, allowing a more streamlined setup experience as well as command-line deployment options


If you currently have PSP Thumbnail Handler 1.x installed, you should close all Explorer and folder windows and uninstall it before installing version 2.1. If you currently have version 2.0 installed, close all Explorer and folder windows; you do not need to uninstall it first.

To install PSP Thumbnail Handler, run the file pthsetup.exe. This begins the PSP Thumbnail Handler Setup Wizard, which guides you through installing PSP Thumbnail Handler.

During Setup, you will be asked which file types you want to handle. The list contains PSP 7 and 8+ file types; click the check box next to a file type to include or exclude that type. To include a PSP file type not listed, click the Add New Type button and type in the file extension. Typically, you should accept the default settings.

Note: On Windows 2000, XP, and newer versions, you must run Setup from an administrator account.


To remove PSP Thumbnail Handler, use the Control Panel's Add or Remove Programs icon. Before uninstalling, close any Explorer or folder windows that are currently open, otherwise the utility may not be fully uninstalled.

Note: On Windows 2000, XP, and newer versions, you must must be logged on as an administrator to uninstall PSP Thumbnail Handler.

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