When you buy a new digital camera, you are told (forced) to install the software that came with the camera “or else your camera will not work properly with your computer”. This is, of course, total rubbish if you have purchased your camera within the last five years. I have taught hundreds of students and only a few had a digital camera that Windows XP did not recognize. The vast majority worked without installing a thing.
That’s not to say that the software is all bad, but the software that is built into Windows works just as well. In fact, in most cases, I prefer it to all other software. It is a very lightweight program, so your photos will open up very quickly. So, how do you set Windows to open your JPG files instead of your custom software? It’s easy:
Simply right click on a JPG file and click properties.
Then click the “Change” button:
Then select the “Windows Picture and Fax Viewer” and click the “OK” button: (this is Windows’ built in photo viewer)
Now, the JPG Properties window should show the “Windows Picture and Fax Viewer” as the default viewer for JPG files:
Now if you double click on a JPG file, it should open in the “Windows Picture and Fax Viewer”:
The Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is very simple. It allows you to browse forward and backward and a few other edits. Click through to see a description of some of the most useful buttons:
I should also add that this works for any file type. So if your videos are opening with iTunes and you want them to open with Windows Media Player, you simply follow the same steps, substituting those programs and file types for the ones listed above. I hope this helps!