Some time ago, we covered how to get the Photo Viewer app back in Windows 10. While that trick works perfectly, the only thing missing was the "Preview" context menu verb in File Explorer. In previous Windows versions, you were able to right click an image in Explorer and pick "Preview" to see it quickly. Today, we will revive this option for Windows 10. The benefit of adding a Preview verb is that even if you use some other image viewer as the default, you can quickly open any image in Windows Photo Viewer whenever required.
To get the Preview context menu item for Photo Viewer in Windows 10, all you need to do is apply a simple Registry tweak as described below.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
If you do not have such a key, then just create it.
- At this key, create a new subkey named Image Preview to get the following path
- Under it, create a new subkey named Command to get the following path
- Set the default (unnamed) parameter to the following value:
%SystemRoot%\System32\rundll32.exe "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll", ImageView_Fullscreen %1
Now, right click any image in File Explorer. A new "Image Preview" item will appear:
If you click it, the Photo Viewer app will open.
I prepared Registry files so you can get the context menu entry with one click:
Double click the file "Image Preview.reg" to get the context menu item in your File Explorer. The Undo file is included. Thanks to our reader "ThePhinx" for sharing this tip.
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