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View Image in Windows Explorer’s Context Menu & XMP, EXIF, IPTC Media Info in Image Properties

Windows Explorer’s image thumbnails mode is nice, but you may not want to use it when you simply need to view one or two pictures that are located in a folder where hundreds of images are stored. In such situation, I believe most of us tend to double-clicking on the image to open it in the default Windows photo viewer or in a third-party image viewer. If you use a tool like FastPreview, you can also view image in Windows Explorer’s context menu.

FastPreview integrates with Windows Explorer immediately once you install it. Right-click on an image, and you will see its preview in the context menu along with its resolution and bit depth info. The preview comes in 300 x 300 pixels by default but it can be changed from within the program’s settings which can be opened by clicking the FP Info and Settings located under the image.

thumbnail in context menu

The list of the supported image can also be seen in the settings window. Currently it supports JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, RAW, PCD, TIFF and more.

change thumbnail resolution

Clicking on the image preview in the context menu will open it in FastPreview’s windowed image viewer, which can be closed immediately by pressing [Esc] key. Note that this viewer lets you view only that selected image. It is possible to view another image but you have to go through the Open File dialog for this.

The application also integrates itself into the File Properties as a FP tab which shows any metadata information—XMP, EXIF and IPTC are supported—it can find from the selected image.

file properties

You can right-click on an individual field to copy its specific information only or copy the entire available information.

All in all, even if you have a fast image viewer that can load images quicker than the standard Windows’s image viewer, this application is still a good addition as it provides an additional way in viewing images.

Version tested: FastPreview 3.3 | Visit Homepage
License: Freeware
OS: Supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP

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