Changing Irfanview's Desktop to "White" From It's Default Of "Black"?

Hello Experts -

I am trying to change the background color of Irfanview's desktop.

I am admittedly new to this software. When I try to cut and paste a JPG image, Irfanview wants to automatically paint the background outside of the image in "black". Please see my attached snapshot.

Does anyone know how to change Irfanview's desktop to "white".?

Thanks very much.
Snapshot-Of-Irfanview-Desktop-With-L.jpg
gbmcneilAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Gordon,
Will provide the answer soon. Regards, Joe
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gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
Hi Joe -

How have you been? I am working with Irfanview at the moment because I found a feature in it that allows me to "Precisely Rotate" an image.

But, if I can't control also control the color of the background, I'm getting an unsightly black ring around the edge of the image.

I thought that maybe it has something to do with layers. But, I don't really know the ins and out of Irfanview.

Gordon
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Gordon,
I've been well...thanks for asking. Hope that you have, too.

Three things that may be helpful:

(1) Here are the steps for changing the background desktop color:

Options
Properties/Settings...
Viewing
Main window color
Choose

Pick whatever color you want.

(2) While (1) answers your question, the background color of the desktop/window may not be the issue for you, as that does not affect the image. You may be concerned about the background color of the image. That is controlled as follows:

Image
Change Canvas Size...
Canvas color
Choose

Pick whatever color you want. That changes the image!

(3) You may also be concerned about what happens when doing a "Cut" in IrfanView. The default for that is also a black background (I usually want white). That is controlled as follows:

Options
Properties/Settings...
Browsing/Editing
Background color for cut
Choose

Pick whatever color you want. That changes the image!

Welcome to IrfanView! It's a terrific product...and you can't beat the price. :)  Regards, Joe
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gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
Thanks for following up on my latest hurdle.

You ought to run for political office. No, scratch that idea...you are too nice a guy.

Let  me see what if I can do what I want to. I should get back to you pronto.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Yeah, I don't think politics is in my future. :)

I'm sure we can get you over the hurdle. I've been using IrfanView for more years than I care to remember. If there's nothing private/sensitive in the image and you're willing to post it, I can take a run at it here while you're working on it, too. Regards, Joe
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Andrew LeniartSenior EditorCommented:
Welcome to IrfanView! It's a terrific product...and you can't beat the price. :)  Regards, Joe
Can't argue with that! Thumbs up.. I love it too :)
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gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
Here. You solved my problem.

It's time for you to step forward and accept the trophy.

Thanks for your help.

Gordon

(I should be back in touch to tap your mind about layers in Infranview. But, we'll leave that to another day.)
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Gordon,
I'm glad to hear that your problem is solved. We don't need to leave the discussion of layers in IrfanView to another day, because the answer is very simple — IrfanView does not support layers. It is a fantastic program with a lot of terrific features, but, alas, layers is not one of them. Regards, Joe
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gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
I'd also like to mention that John Hurst has helped me repeatedly over the years.

Another "good guy".
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
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Why? Nothing in there violated EE's TOU. You deleted...oops, cleaned...many comments from three members who spent a fair amount of time writing them. Nothing in those comments deserved to be "cleaned" imo, especially this one from Gordon:
I'd also like to mention that John Hurst has helped me repeatedly over the years.


Another "good guy".
I took the liberty of re-posting that very nice compliment for John. I won't re-post all of the others, but I suggest that you do. Regards, Joe
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