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Windows 7: Fix .gif Preview

06 Jan 2012   #1

Win7 64bit Ultimate
Fix .gif Preview

To start let me first explain the issue. The first problem I noticed with 7 is that when I double click on a .gif it will not open it in Photo Viewer like any other image format. But it doesn't stop there. Not only will it not properly open on double clicking the file but you cannot simply right click it and choose "open with" since Photo Viewer will NOT appear in the list when right clicking a .gif so this is an issue because Photo Viewer is not a standalone application. There is no .exe file to choose when manually browsing for it.

Here is the proper solution:

1. Right click on a .gif image.

2. Choose "open with"

3. Click "browse"

4. Make sure you select "all files" from the drop down in the lower right side.

5. Navigate to C:\Windows

6. In the search box type in PhotoViewer.dll

7. Make sure you check the box "always open with" To associate the .gif extension with PhotoViewer.dll

Summary: Now when you double click a .gif it will just open the way it should in Photo Viewer as a preview.

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06 Jan 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

That works nice to open them up but they are not animated when you use Internet Explorer they are animated.

This person has come up with an animated way of looking at them Windows 7 Gif Viewer Works perfectly
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06 Jan 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

alternately you can use faststone image viewer and set the gifs to open with it, you have them animated in a window then without using IE.
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07 Jan 2012   #4

Win7 64bit Ultimate

I didn't know they wouldn't animate actually. They did in every other version of windows. MS really irritates me with little things like this.

I mostly deal with a lot of still gif images anyhow which is why I needed this to work the way it does in my tutorial but I am going to check out that other guys fix it sounds interesting.
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