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Nothing is more frustrating than seeing the functionality you need embedded in one of Microsoft's applications, but not having a reusable component to give you access to the code they already wrote. This happened in the past with the "cool bars" in Microsoft Office and now with the Thumbnails view in Windows Explorer (View->Thumbnails menu option). We were in the process of writing an application that processes graphical files and decided that having a ThumbnailView would be very useful. So, after looking for the new common control and failing to find one, we decided to write it ourselves. Now, we'll show you how we did it so that you don't have to wait until Microsoft comes out with another batch of common controls. The first thing we did was hunt for the built-in functionality to get us a thumbnail image. Our hopes went sky high when we saw the Image.GetThumbnailI... (more)