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Everyone who works with piles of digital images, scanned faxes, PDF-documents, Photoshop files, and other stuff of that kind is familiar with standard Microsoft Document Viewer. Say it frankly, is it enough? If yes, skip this post, if no, go on reading.

I’ll ask the question and I’ll answer it myself basing on my personal experience. What a good viewer program should possess so that its users would run about and enthusiastically tell everybody how good it is?

Tick off points on your fingers. The perfect viewer has to:

  • support a manifold of formats as there are plenty of exotic ones specific for various parts of the world;
  • have a user-friendly interface (someone can object that it applies to all programs but I meant a big clear space left for image viewing);
  • have a tool set to process files;
  • be sold at a reasonable price and ideally be free of charge;
  • offer some small but pleasant features as a compliment;
  • have a multilingual support.

I would concentrate on description of IrfanView today. For the moment, it is one of the most popular image viewers with a plenty of options. Yesterday, I looked at downloads, IrfanView has over 57,922,500 total downloads. I would call it a perfect score for a free image viewer.

Why IrfanView Image Viewer is SO Good?

Is IrfanView any good? Definitely, YES, even if we compare IrfanView vs. FastStone Free Image Viewer (detailes in this post)! Let’s stick to the bullet list mentioned above:

  • Formats. Oooompf, I yielded when I got to 55 and there were many lines left. And I even failed to get to the end of the list with graphic formats, including RAW files and other large-scale HD files. Audio and video files are also supported.
  • Interface. When I first opened IrfanView I saw a black window and I was somehow impressed by this fact. I would call it a minimalistic design but nice.
  • Tool set. An exhaustive set of features to edit the images. You can rotate, crop, change colors, check EXIF data, apply filters and effects. In brief, you can use the tools in such a way that the output image would hardly resemble the input file.
  • Panoramic photos. If you ever wanted to make awesome panoramic pictures but don’t have proper hardware, IrfanView is here to help. IrfanView can join several images into smooth panorama. The panorama image quality is astonishing! No one can guess that you did it in photo viewer app. Check our step by step tutorial here.
  • Price. It is free. To some extent. But I will give details later.
  • Compliments. I found a list of toolbars that can be integrated into IfanView. Some of them boast a futuristic design. There is also a possibility to create a slideshow and upload it to the Web.
  • Multilingual support. Over 30 languages! As far as I understood, it is a volunteer work and the list of supported languages is constantly extended which is good. The bad thing is that I suspect there can be mistakes and incorrect translations.

How to Use IrfanView Free Image Viewer on Windows 10?

Here’s how to use free IrfanView Image Viewer on Windows 10, 7, 8 and others. Watch IrfanView video tutorial below and learn secret tips and tricks to make most of my favorite IrfanView free software:

If you’re looking to learn how to use IrfanView Image Viewer on Windows 10, you’ve come to the right place. IrfanView is a popular image viewer and editor that is easy to use and provides a wide range of features. Below I’ll show you how to use it on Windows 10-11.

First, you’ll need to download the software. Head to the IrfanView website and click the Download link. Once the download is complete, double-click the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Once the installation is complete, you can launch the software by clicking the Start button, typing “IrfanView” into the search box, and selecting the app from the list of results.

Now that you have IrfanView installed, you can use it to view and edit images. To view an image, simply open it with the software. Use the context menu by right-clicking your mouse on a file or just double-click on a file and choose the Irfan tool as your viewer.

You can also use the software to perform basic edits such as cropping and resizing. For more advanced edits, you can use the software’s built-in Paint tools.

IrfanView also provides a range of image conversion options. To convert an image, click the File menu and select the Convert/Save option. From here, you can choose the output format, set the compression level, and select the destination folder.

Finally, IrfanView also includes a range of additional features, such as a slide show creator and a batch image processor. To access these features, click the File menu and select the Show All Features option.

As you can see, IrfanView is a powerful and versatile image viewer and editor for Windows 10. With its wide range of features, it’s easy to use and can be used to view, edit, and convert a variety of image formats. So if you’re looking for a free and lightweight image viewer and editor for Windows 10, give IrfanView a try.

IrfanView Review Summary:

Advantages. What I like about IrfanView:

  • Light-weight and easy to use;
  • Rich set of tools and a huge list of supported formats;
  • Multitasking functionality: it plays images, audio and video files.

Disadvantages. What I dislike about IrfanView:

  • Additional plugins for some cool functionality are payable. Well, the developers want to eat too.
  • The official site is not very informative. But there is a forum where you might find the answers to your questions.
  • Maybe it is not about the program itself… But I really didn’t like the words “stealing and cloning of the features” as for direct rivals of IrfanView on the main page of their official website. It’s just… incorrect. But it is solely my opinion.

To conclude with, I would say that I now use IrfanView and can think of the time when I used only MS Viewer without shudder.

Technical requirements for the program can be found on its official site and in Wikipedia.

The closest competitors are ACDSee, XnView, FreshView, CoffeeCup Free Viewer Plus, Firehand Ember, ThumbsPlus and many others.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Darrick

    thanks 4 great post!

  2. ORAK

    Tried. It works on Windows 7!

    1. anna

      Hi Orak,

      We’re glad that IrfanView Image Viewer works fine on your Window 7 PC.

      Anna, Photo Software & Design Blog team

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