5 Ways to Preview Images in Windows 10 File Explorer

5 Ways to Preview Images in Windows 10 File Explorer

If you often view photos and other images in Windows 10 File Explorer, you might have found that it’s not easy to get a closer look at images without opening them first. Luckily, there are several ways to preview images in Windows 10 File Explorer using your keyboard or mouse and right-clicking. Let’s go over the five most useful ways to preview images in Windows 10 File Explorer here!


1) Use the context menu

When you have File Explorer open and are viewing images, you can use the context menu to preview them. To do this, right-click on an image and select Preview.

If you want to see a larger preview of the image, double-click it. This will open the image in the default program for images set on your computer. For example, if you have Microsoft Paint set as your default, double-clicking will open the image in Paint.

You can also use the Slide Show feature by selecting it from the context menu. This will start a slideshow of all the images in that particular folder.

To stop the slideshow at any time, press Esc on your keyboard. One other way to get a good look at an image is by hovering over it with your mouse. Pressing the spacebar will zoom in, while pressing Shift + spacebar will zoom out. Dragging the cursor around with your mouse changes the perspective of the picture.


Finally, if you hover over an album name (like 2016 Christmas), it will show thumbnail previews of all pictures in that album; just click one to view it! Alternatively, if you would like to view all the pictures in an album or directory without opening them individually, simply highlight the photo(s) and then drag and drop them into another folder or onto your desktop. That’s it!


2) Drag and drop files

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder that contains the images you want to preview.
  2. Select the image files you want to preview. To select multiple files, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking each file.
  3. On the toolbar at the top of File Explorer, click the View tab.
  4. In the Layout section, click on Tiles.
  5. Now you should see thumbnail previews of all the images in that folder! If the images are too small, you can change the size by clicking on View > Extra large icons or Large icons.
  6. To turn off image previews, simply follow steps 1-4 and then select Medium icons or Small icons instead of Tiles in step 4. 7. Dragging an image into a document: Another way to preview images is by dragging them into a Word document or PowerPoint presentation.
  7. Pressing Alt+Enter: One more way to get an instant look at what your photo will look like is by pressing the keyboard shortcut Alt+Enter while in any application where you have a photo open (such as when working with Paint).
  8. Right-clicking: The last way to quickly get a peek at your photos is by right-clicking on them from within File Explorer and selecting Preview from the dropdown menu . Once clicked, a pop-up window will appear showing the selected image(s) so you can make sure they’re perfect before saving them for good.

3) Open with a photo editor like Photoshop Elements

When you’re working with images, it’s important to be able to preview them quickly and easily. Luckily, there are a few different ways to do this in Windows 10 File Explorer. To open an image in the default photo editor for your PC, like Photoshop Elements, select the image and then click Open with from the drop-down menu that appears. You can also right-click on the file and select Open with > Edit with … >  (e.g., Edit with Paint).


For instance, if you wanted to open a PNG file with Microsoft Paint, then you would right-click on the file and select Open with > Edit with Paint > Microsoft Paint. Selecting the option to edit files opens up the program associated with that type of file. Finally, if you want to use third-party software as your photo editor of choice but don’t know what app to choose, check out these options: Adobe Photoshop Express (free), Pixlr Editor Plus HD ($10), PhotoScape X Pro ($10), or any other one of many great apps available in Windows Store!


4) Use keyboard shortcuts

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly searching for files on your computer. And, if you’re also like me, you have a ton of images saved to your hard drive. If you’re looking for a quick way to preview those images without having to open them in another program, there are a few keyboard shortcuts you can use in File Explorer. Pressing Alt+Shift+N will take you to the next image and Alt+Shift+P will take you back one image.


You can use Alt+P to view the previous image and Alt+N to view the next one again. These shortcuts won’t work with video or audio files but they work great with photos. To find these options, go to View from the menu bar and select Change View. From here, select Details and click on the small arrow next to the word Details. A pop-up window will appear that contains all of these keyboard shortcuts.


5) Right click on image files

  1. Open Windows 10 File Explorer and navigate to the folder that contains the image files you want to preview.
  2. Right-click on an image file and select Open with.
  3. Choose Photos from the list of programs.
  4. If you don’t see Photos listed, click More apps and then find and select Photos.
  5. Once Photos is open, you should see your image displayed in the main window.
  6. To preview multiple images at once, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click on each image file one by one.
  7. Once you have all the images selected that you want to preview, right-click on one of them and select Open with. 8. In the pop-up menu, choose Photos and it will open those photos in a grid. 9. You can also press Enter on your keyboard or click anywhere outside of the pop-up menu to preview those images within Photos.
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