Free image viewer, image previewer a program to view/preview picture on your hard disc
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Simple Image Viewer

Free Simple Image Viewer for Windows


Ken Ward's Simple Image Viewer is a free program to view, preview images or photographs on disc.

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First open a file (unless you opened the program from explorer) because the Previous Image, Next Image Buttons, Previous Image, Next Image Buttons, are disabled until you do this.

Always back up your files, and do not overwrite your original image.

Previous Image/Next Image Buttons

The location of the previous/next buttons is ringed in red in the picture below:

Previous/Next Buttons Location

These buttons are disabled until you open a file, or open the program from explorer (because the program doesn't know which directory you want!)

Clicking on previous button takes you to the previous image, and on forward button to the next one. If you have the last picture open in the directory, clicking the next button, forward button, takes you to the beginning. If you are at the beginning and you click on the previous button,previous button, it takes you to the last image in the directory. That is, the actions are cyclic.

Top Buttons

The image below indicates (in red) the six buttons we are talking about:

simple image viewer: top buttons

These are

  • Open open,
  • Save As save as,
  • Zoom In, Zoom In
  • Zoom  Out Zoom Out Button,
  • Fit Image to Screen Fit Screen Button, and
  • Show Directories Fit Screen Button

Of course, these are intuitive, and you can click on them to find out what they do.

Open open

A dialog appears and you can select a picture to load.

Save As save as

There isn't a save button, because the idea is that you do not overwrite your pictures, unless you choose to do so. This is a simple Image Viewer, and saving is not part of its job. You might use this button to save the image somewhere else, or save a copy of the image, and open that in an editor, thus preserving the original.

Zoom InZoom In

This zooms the image making it about 5% larger. It zooms the image as seem not the original size. There is also a drop-down button on the menu bar, where you can choose zooms on the image.

Zoom Out Zoom Out Button

This zooms in the image as seen so it is about 5% smaller.

Fit Image to Screen Fit Screen Button

If the image is larger than the viewing area, Fit Image to Screen changes its size so it fits (almost). If the image is smaller than the viewing area, it does nothing. You can, of course, zoom the image.

Show Directories Fit Screen Button

This brings up a list of files in the current directory and you can click on one of them to load it in the viewer. The dialog stays open so you can select which files you want to load in a way that makes looking for a particular image easier.

Main Menu

File Menu

File Menu

The file menu has four buttons: Open, discussed above, Save As, discussed above, Exit to close the program and Rename, which opens a dialog allowing you to rename the currently loaded file.

View Menu

View Menu

There are five items in this menu and two sub items.

Reload image reloads the current image (perhaps it has been modified in an external editor).

Actual Size shows the image actual size, without any zoom.

Fit in Screen is the same as the button of that name, mentioned above.

The zoom item repeats the actions of the buttons, calling Zoom In, Bigger, and Zoom Out, Smaller.

Finally, Show Directories repeats the action of the button of that name.

Options Menu

Main Menu Options

There are two main items on the Options menu. Default View has two sub items: Fit Images to Screen, which thereafter fits the loaded images to the screen, and Show Images Full Size, which thereafter shows the loaded images full size.

The item, Set External Editor..., is used to set external editors, so the currently loaded file can be opened in a convenient editor. The editor opens with the file currently loaded in Image Viewer, loaded in that editor.

The dialog looks like this:

Main Menu Options Dialog

You can link up to three external editors to open your files. For instance, I have two image editors and a jpeg Optimiser linked. Clicking on Select Editor 1, for instance opens a file open dialog enabling you to select the external editor, probably from programs, the default directory. The boxes with the names of the editor and its location are filled in automatically, here and in the tool bar menu on the program. You can thereafter open the currently loaded file in an editor of your choice. If you wish to change the editor called Editor 1, you simply load another one.

When you are finished, it does not matter whether you click the OK button or the 'x' to exit. Your editors have been added anyway (They are added when you select them).

Toolbar Items

ToolBar Items Fit Screen

Default View

From the bottom of the above image, we first notice on the left "Fitting Images to the Screen", which tells us the default view is "Fit Image". That is, we have chosen this option from the main menu. The next item, Change, when clicked shows a menu option to change the default view to Actual Size.

If we choose "Show Images Full Size" from the Options Menu, we would see the message, "Showing Images Actual Size" The program would look like this:

Toolbar Showing Images Full Size

And the Change Menu would, when clicked, show the option Fit Screen, which changes the default view to Fit Screen.

Open In External Editor

Toolbar, editor options

Having set the required editors in the options menu, you see any selected editors in the menu that opens when you click the arrow on Open in External Editor. Clicking on one of these opens the currently loaded picture in the editor. If you haven't selected any editors, then the drop downs will say "Editor 1", etc, indicating no editor has been selected, or any selected editor no longer exists on your hard disc.

Zoom on Image

Toolbar Menu Zoom

The last menu on this toolbar is Zoom. When clicked a list of zoom options appears, including Actual Size. This zoom is on the image size, so it displays the image, say, if 50% were selected, half size.


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