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Bridge 2023 slow in generating thumbnails? Try this.

Community Beginner ,
Jun 18, 2023 Jun 18, 2023

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I just updated Bridge to version It was totally unusable. It took such a long time generating thumbnails. I could not scroll through my images and Bridge just froze. Task manager showed CPU usage was a constant 100%.
I am using Windows 10 and there is this setting to specifically instruct the OS to use the GPU for certain software. Then I remembered that I had previously specified Bridge to use the GPU. Somehow, after installing Bridge 2023, that setting did not get updated. It was still specifying Bridge 2022 which of course was overwritten by Bridge 2023. I set Bridge 2023 to use the GPU and it solved the problem. Thumbnail generation was very fast and I hardly had to wait for it to finish.
So if you are using Windows 10 or 11, in case you are not aware, this is how you specify Bridge to use GPU (your graphics card, assuming you have one):
Go to Settings -> System -> Display, scroll to bottom and click Graphics Settings. Click Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling to ON. Then add your software under Graphics performance preference, as shown in the image. After adding, left-click on the software, select Options -> High performance. That's it!!


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