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View Images in Firefox

This tip is for Windows
If you view and work with images and graphics a lot, this tip will show you how to use Firefox for image viewing instead of what is usaully the default Internet Explorer. Using Internet Explorer for images is a disadvantage because to view multiple images, you have to open each image in a new IE window. By using Firefox for image viewing, you can open your images in tabs, and use Firefox extensions with them, plus you probably have Firefox open already so this tip will also save you from having to open another application.


How To

Right click on an image file on your computer (png, jpeg, gif etc)
Select Properties
In the General tab, you'll see that it says;
Opens with: Internet Explorer
Select "Change"
Select Firefox
Hit ok
Then Apply
That's it

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Do this for each image file type that you want Firefox to open. This works for png, jpeg, gif (plus animated gif) on Win XP (other systems may be possible but I haven't tested them yet). Now that you've done this, you can open these images in tabs and use Firefox extensions with them such as, Colorzilla, Measure It, Auto Slideshow, PicLens and in Firefox 3 you can zoom in and out of your images.

To open a folder of images in tabs, hit Ctrl+a in a folder containing your images, then right click and select open and all of your images will open in multiple tabs in Firefox if your Firefox configuration is set to open external links in tabs. Or you can copy and paste the address of a folder containing images from the Explorer toolbar into the Firefox address bar and view the full list of images, then you can choose to open an image at a time to view, edit, etc.

Screen shot of local folder with images

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Screen shot of local folder with images using the PicLens add-on.

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