Windows Photo Viewer
|A component of Microsoft Windows|
Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 7
|Included with||Windows XP, Windows 7 and later
Windows Server 2003 and later
|Replaces||Imaging for Windows, Windows Photo Gallery|
|Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Imaging Component
Windows Photo Viewer (formerly Windows Picture and Fax Viewer) is an image viewer included with Windows NT family of operating system. It was first included with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 under its former name. It was temporarily replaced with Windows Photo Gallery in Windows Vista, but has been reinstated in Windows 7. This program succeeds Imaging for Windows. In Windows 10, it is deprecated in favor of a Windows Store app called Photos, although it can be brought back with a registry tweak.
Windows Photo Viewer can show individual pictures, display all pictures in a folder as a slide show, reorient them in 90° increments, print them either directly or via an online print service, send them in e-mail or burn them to a disc. Windows Photo Viewer supports images in BMP, JPEG, JPEG XR (formerly HD Photo), PNG, ICO, GIF and TIFF file formats.
Compared to Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, changes have been made to the graphical user interface in Windows Photo Viewer.
Although GIF files are supported in Windows Photo Viewer, whereas Windows Picture and Fax Viewer displays animated GIFs, Windows Photo Viewer only displays the first frame. Windows Picture and Fax Viewer was also capable of viewing multi-page TIFF files, (except those that employ JPEG compression) as well as annotating the TIFF files. Windows Photo Viewer, on the other hand, has added support for JPEG XR file format and ICC profiles.
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The user interface includes buttons to rotate counterclockwise and clockwise (keyboard shortcuts Ctrl++ and Ctrl+- respectively). Clicking these buttons overwrites the image file (changing its date and Exif data) without warning and without an option to "undo" the action. If performed on a device-dependent image file (e.g., an image file on the SD card from a digital camera), the new file is not necessarily readable by the device (e.g., through the lack of an embedded thumbnail).
Windows Photo Viewer does not honor EXIF orientation info in an image file while displaying.
On some systems, scroll bars are not visible at all or, if a zoom operation is performed (e.g., using a mouse wheel), no subsequent scroll down or up is possible. But the view can be panned by dragging.
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