How to Resize Thumbnails in Lightroom’s User Interface

If you're using Lightroom on different computers, you might want to change the size of the thumbnails in Lightroom's user interface. Here's how to do it.

The thumbnails in Lightroom are very handy for quickly finding the image you’re after. But sometimes you need them to play nicely if you’re using a bigger or smaller display. If you’re using a laptop on the road, you might want to make the thumbnails smaller so that they don’t take up as a much space. But when you’re on your home or studio 27-inch monitor, it might make more sense to have them bigger.

There are two sets of thumbnails in Lightroom’s Library module. You can control the size of each separately.

Resizing Lightroom’s Filmstrip Thumbnails

The filmstrip is the bar at the bottom and is available in any of Lightroom’s modules. If you want to make those thumbnails larger or smaller, simply find the section border where your cursor changes to a small icon with up and down arrows. Then click and drag up or down.

There are limits to how large or small you can make them, but the working range should suit most purposes.

Resizing the Grid Thumbnails in Lightroom’s Library Module

The grid view is only accessible in the Library module. To change the size of those thumbnails, make sure you have the grid toolbar visible. If it’s not, press T (or go to View > Show Toolbar). At the right of that toolbar is a slider that controls the size of the thumbnails.

Drag to the right to enlarge. Draft to the left to reduce.

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  • Very helpful article. Thanks you.

    On my wife's MacBookPro, she had all the toolbar options selected and there was not enough room for all of them. Thus, the thumbnail slider was off the toolbar to the right. In order to make it visible, I had to minimize the right side so that the toolbar was wider. You might want to mention the options in a future update. Not only might the slider be off the toolbar but the thumbnail option might not even be checked.