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How to View Digital Images in the Windows 7 Photo Viewer

You can use the Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 7 to view and organize each of the photos and digital images in your ever-growing image collection. Microsoft moved the Photo Gallery tool from Windows 7 to the Windows Live Essentials download, but you can use the Windows Photo Viewer to do many of the same things.

  1. Right-click the Start button and choose Open Windows Explorer.


    The Windows Photo Viewer window opens.

  2. Double-click the Pictures Library icon. Double-click any photo in the Pictures Library folder.

    If only folders are in this library, double-click one to find a photo.

  3. Use the tools at the bottom to navigate through the Pictures.


    Use the following tools to view images:

    • The Next and Previous icons move to a previous or following image in the same folder.

    • The Display Size icon in the shape of a magnifying glass displays a slider you can click and drag to change the size of the image thumbnails.

    • The Delete button deletes the selected image.

    • The Rotate Clockwise and Rotate Counterclockwise icons spin the image 90 degrees at a time.

    • The center Play Slide Show button with a slide image on it displays the images in your Pictures folder in a continuous slide show.

If you want to quickly switch to working with a photo in another application, click the Open button at the top of the Windows Photo Viewer window and choose a program, such as Paint or Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

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