Viewing Images in Windows Picture & Fax Viewer
Windows Picture & Fax Viewer is the default image viewing software application bundled within a Microsoft Windows XP installation. Whenever you try to open an image file, your Windows XP PC opens the file within this application. The Windows Picture & Fax Viewer offers various features to you, such as rotating an image according to your needs. It also provides an 'Actual Size' and 'Best Fit' button so that you can view an image in its actual size. If it is too large for your monitor resolution, it can be zoomed out to fit the screen. You can also zoom in or out from the image with the help of buttons provided for that. The Windows Picture & Fax Viewer also lets you print the image in a number of pre-defined formats including Full page print, 8x10 inches, 5x7 inches, 4x6 inches, and 3.5x5 inches.
Windows Picture & Fax Viewer supports a wide array of image formats from bitmap image formats such as JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, and PNG as well as some vector image formats such as WMF and EMF. Interestingly, the application also lets you preview the Windows icon files with an .ICO extension, which are used to provide you the visual identity of a file format. For example, you can identify all the Microsoft Word files with an icon that shows a big sized alphabet 'W' enclosed within a square.
You can also save your image file through the Windows Picture & Fax Viewer to a number of image formats, so it also acts as an image converter for you. For example, you can open a JPEG file in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and save it from within the viewer as a BMP, GIF, TIFF, or an PNG image file. There is also a button to edit the image, but instead of enabling you edit the image right within Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, it opens the image file in Microsoft Paint where you can edit and modify it.