SharePoint newbie here. When I search for files there are thumbnail/previews for word documents, excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint slides, and pdf files. These result types seem to be fine, but not images.

There doesn't seem to be thumbnail/previews for image files in the search results. The files are located in a Document Library not a Picture Library.

I've tried googling and it may have to do with "Search Result Types" under Site Collection Administration inside Site Settings, but I'm not sure what to modify.

Please advise. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Below is a screenshot of a search result that doesn't provide a thumbnail/preview of the image.

Thanks in advance.

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2 Answers 2


It's by design that images don't render thumbnails from a Document Library.

You could vote this on user voice: https://sharepoint.uservoice.com/forums/330318-sharepoint-administration/suggestions/32281756-add-preview-and-thumbnail-features-to-document-lib

  • Thanks, I was hoping there was a way. In the meantime, I created a Picture Library and stored images there. The odd thing is I was able to search for images in the Picture Library when it's not in a separate folder. When there are images in folders inside the Picture Library, for some reason, they do not come up in the search. Thoughts? Thanks again for the reply. @Michael Han_MSFT
    – Mike
    May 15, 2019 at 12:48
  • Per my test, I can search the images in folders inside the Picture Library. You may need to wait for some time after uploading the image. May 16, 2019 at 10:10
  • I created a new folder and copy the files from the old folder. The files in the new folder showed up in the searches. Just odd it wasn't showing up in the old folder. Thanks again.
    – Mike
    May 16, 2019 at 15:47
  • It's by default that search will remove duplicate search results.docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/support/online-admin/… May 17, 2019 at 9:21

use DefaultEncodingURL MMD, you need to alter the display template to bring and use it.

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