11 Best & Free photo viewers for Windows 10

Like any other human living in 2019 you probably take a lot of photos if not daily then once in a week for sure. Soon or later these photos end up on your laptop and you go back to view them from time to time.

The problem is, some photo viewers on Windows work so slowly, it’s literally torture to use them and al the wish to watch pictures loses its charm immediately.

However, there is software for Windows 10 for the pictures viewing that we don’t know about yet. Check out the list below and find one that suits you. The best thing is that they are all free.

IrfanView

This is a program for those who don’t want to deal with large and heavy multi-functional image readers only for viewing images. And they don’t want these progs to occupy a lot of space in their memory as well. Some people want to keep it simple and use it only to see the image and have a possibility to share it on social media.

So if you are far from being into all these designer and editing media staff you should probably try this one out. At least by trying you won’t lose basically anything – the programs are only 3 MB and it is super fast to download, install and delete as well. Or maybe after the usage of an app, you will realize that’s all you need to view images on your Windows.

The program supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10 and is available in multiple languages. It is a freeware for non-commercial use. There is a number of manipulations that you can do with the images as well, you will see them when you run the program.

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FastStone

Another image browser which allows you simply viewing images. It is stable and user-friendly. It is also a converter and editor. A great option for image viewing, editing, management, comparison, etc. Some editing options include red-eye removal. Among other functions available you will find resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments.

The full-screen mode of this app provides innovative and intuitive access to the full-screen mode and EXIF information. You will get access to thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen as well.

The program includes a slide-show function, with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram, and other options. In the image settings, you can alter the colors of the image and adjust it according to your taste.

Configurable mouse wheel support gives you more convenience while working in the app. The app can be used by professionals since it has the dual-monitor support and program skins support. It plays video-files as well. Here you can compare images side-by-side without switching from one to another. Just open them in one window.

However, for those who prefer mode contemporary interface in programs, this one might seem a little bit obsolete.

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XnView MP

With this program, you will be able to open and edit any photo file on your computer. XnView supports all the major formats of images, such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, WEBP, PSD, JPEG2000, OpenEXR, camera RAW, HEIC, PDF, DNG, CR2. Among useful features, which will make your editorial process easy and fun, you will discover color adjusting, image resizer, cropping, metadata editing (IPTC, XMP) and many others.

This program lets you not only to view all kinds of your images quickly (without waiting a thousand years until it is loaded) but also affect image management. You have features like batch rename, batch converter, duplicate image finder, image compare, but you can also create contact sheets and slideshow.

Despite all the facts mentioned above the app keeps it simple. It serves one main purpose – to help its users to create slideshows, watch web pages, and thumbnails for videos. With absolutely no cost you get a great functionality and a program which has an attractive interface and easy to work with.

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Honeyview

With Honeyview you are always capable of viewing and editing the great media content. The program supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. Since it is free it may seem quite simple but sometimes it is exactly what regular people need. For those who are looking for high-end quality editing software, the app may seem too lame.

Though the program supports all the formats you may need – BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, PSD, DDS, JXR, WebP, J2K, JP2, TGA, TIFF, PCX, PGM, PNM, PPM, and BPG. It also gives you a chance to make slideshows, minimalistically edit images and copy them. However, the interface is not that good looking and if you are esthetically demanding, then you should look for some others progs for image viewing for Windows.

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nomacs

This program is an open-source image viewer. It supports a wide range of platforms, including Windows 10. Use it to view any possible kinds of images. It also includes semi-transparent widgets, for example, thumbnails, metadata or histogram. It can browse images in zip or MS Office files which can be extracted to a directory.

If you have metadata stored with the image then it will be displayed when you add notes to an image. Moreover, you can do a preview of the current folder and of a file explorer panel, allowing switching between the files. There is a directory function and using it you can apply the file filters so that only images are displayed whose filenames have a certain string or match a regular expression typed by you.

The cache functions allow to switch between images quickly. What is more, with this viewer you can always edit your images, changing their brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, gamma, exposure. Also, there is a function for adding the pseudo colors using which you can even add more personality to your pics.

Nomacs also includes one unique feature – the synchronization of multiple instances. It lets you compare the images by zooming them. Besides, this program is useful for transporting images from one OS to another. What is more important, it functions at any operational system.

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Imagine Picture Viewer

Another simple image viewer for Windows 10. Though it includes some possibilities for picture editing. The new version of the program was released recently and now it includes cool features, like new icon, fixed multiple instances issues, fixed bugs, new option do undo an action. You can also now upload your images to the PictureShack.

This is a very basic image viewer for Windows 10 so don’t expect something incredible. In general, this program is similar to those listed above, so maybe you like this one – there is not really a big difference. Some main picture-editing functions are included, but still, they are very basic. Initially, it was meant to be a Linux photo viewer.

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QuickLook

You are probably familiar with this program. It is initially meant to bring you a possibility to view pictures from your iOS on Windows. But it’s not everything, the program has a decent range of functions.

This QuickLook is meant to be as similar to the original version as possible. It’s an open-source program. QuickLook supports many numbers of file types, it has fluent design and it is touchscreen friendly. It supports HiDPI. Using this program, you can preview from 3rd-party file managers. Moreover, it can be extended by plugins.

As usual, you need to find a file that you would like to open, click on it and press space button and the image or a folder will be opened in a viewer. You can also interact with the preview. Preview next file by clicking on it or using arrow-keys.

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Fresh View

Fresh View gives you a possibility to organize and view all the images you got on your computer. In fact, not only images. You can watch movies, listen to music, and view graphics in a slide show. All the images that you have can be displayed in a number of views, along with the thumbnail, which allows you to preview an image without actually opening it.

You can also convert files from one type to another. Moreover, you can create HTML album. The program can read more than 80 known formats of pics. So for those, who consider the organizing things the 1st priority, Fresh View could be a good option.

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Microsoft Photos

A classical one, developed by the same company that Windows, Microsoft Photos is usually automatically packed with the start set of programs. In terms of functionality, this program is not the worst one. Here you can view and edit images, watch movies, compile albums.

Choose a remix function to instantly create a video from the photos chosen and from videoclips. Edit the smallest details with the help of video editor – change formats, text fonts, camera motion, add background music and many more. You can even add the 3D effects which will soon be added to your video.

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Apowersoft

This program was released in 2008 and since then it was already used by more than 30 million people around the world. Isn’t it the best proof for its functionality? This image viewer looks definitely more stylish than the previous ones.

In case you don’t have the most powerful processor ever, you know how hard can it be to install productive software which always includes a risk not to work out. So Apowersoft is a light program which will not overload your computer with extra tasks and thus can be installed pretty much on any computer.

With this software, you can make screenshots, view images, and edit videos. The program has a wide range of video editing tools.

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Movavi Photo Manager

This is one of the classical image viewing and editing apps for Windows as well. Thus if taking pictures is your hobby then you will find this software quite helpful since it brings you a lot of opportunities to manipulate images in different ways.

Here you can resize your images, change the filters in them, add effects, re-format them. Besides, Movavi allows you to search for pictures by data, tag or location which means you don’t need to scroll too long looking for a certain image.

If you have plenty of photos – the program will be your assistant in organizing them in the right way. What is more, you can enhance all the photos at the same time. Movavi can read almost all known formats of photos. The toolbar is placed right in the upper part of the screen so you could easily choose a photo and start editing.

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