Looking for a fast program to view photos

Hi experts,

I've been using FastStone Image Viewer to view my photos. Nothing more annoying than to click and wait for the photo to open. I would've been happy with the default Image Viewer that comes with Win 7 if it had supported 'Full Screen'.

I just want a picture viewer to open a jpeg  quickly to full screen.

I would appreciate your recommendations.

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MereteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I would've been happy with the default Image Viewer that comes with Win 7 if it had supported 'Full Screen'.<<  gam8 which is that?
Photo Gallery? has full screen, when you see the Square in the center that enables full screen.
Photo Gallery
I'd like to bring to your knowledgbase that you can speed up the opening images by simply running the disc cleanup tool.
 If you do a lot of work with photos/ images, everytime you open a folder with images/ thumbnails views windows stores a temp of this and it can grow into 100's of megs if not thousands if and when you never run a disc cleanup.
thus slowing the opening of images .
Go to start /all programs accessories system tools>disc cleanup and run it, wait till it performs it scans then look down the list at how big you thumbnails cache has become,
I run mine every three days. Here's a snapshot after two days of image work.
Already 60 odd megs.
thumbnail cacheNow test your FastStone is it faster?

To see what you do have available to open your images right click and open with.
here you'll see a list of available tools, just to show you what they look like on my system,

My personal choice is Nero Photo snap Viewer,
Not sure it runs outside of Nero, but it brilliant.
Just click next to view the images and edit them cut them add effects etc
Nero photo snap viewer editorAlso if you just use your Office Picture Manager once the first image is on just click next
It also offers to rotate fix edit
Microsoft Office Picture Manager
m4nd4li4Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I recommend IrfanView. It's fast & very easy to use. And it's FREE :) Download it from...

Seaton007Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Here are a few: http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/61806.aspx

I use the free version of Zoner Photo Studio: http://free.zoner.com
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Paul SauvéConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
I have never had any trouble with Windows Live Photo Gallery!
Hi gam8

Are the images you are currently viewing in FastStone Image Viewer extremely high resolution images?
gam8Author Commented:
Thanks for the recommendations, m4nd4li4, Seaton, Paul and Merete. I'll try your options..

@Merete: Thanks for the detailed response and pictures. Yeah, I wish it opens in Full Screen by default without having to click on the square button everytime.

Did a system cleanup just now. Thumbnails size was 26 MB and I had installed this OS just 4 days ago. The photos seem to open a little faster in FastStone.

@Bill: No, just regular photos from Canon point and shoot camera with a max res of 4k x 3k.

Thanks again for your responses, everyone..
MereteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Mine opens straight to full screen, try this
rightclick an image then open with Photo Gallery if it is not at full screen make it full screen then close it and repeat.
windows remembers the last page size you used and keeps using that.
Once at full screen it should open with that.
I used the rightclick  open with cause it's not my default image viewer
gam8Author Commented:
FastStone is pretty fast right now (faster than Windows ones), so I guess live with that for now.

Thanks again for your time and comments, Merete.
Always happy to share my knowledge and if it helps a bit even better!!!
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