Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Change Background Color of Windows Photo Viewer and Windows Live Gallery

Windows_Live_Photo_GalleryWindows Photo Viewer – the default programs for opening images in Windows is more customizable than you think. Previously, I showed you how to change the default time interval between pictures when slideshow viewing mode is turned on in Windows Photo Viewer. In this short tutorial I’m going to show you how to change the background color of Windows Photo Viewer as well as Windows Live Gallery. The default background color is light blue (in Photo Viewer) and white (in Live Gallery). Some people feel that a darker background is better as it makes the pictures pop-out. If you have strong color preferences and want to change the background, here is how to do it.

The Hard Way

Windows Photo Viewer

  1. Open Run and type “regedit” and then press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor.
  2. Now, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows Photo Viewer > Viewer
  3. If you are using Windows 7 32-bit, you will not find this key, in which case you should create it. Windows 7 64-bit users can skip the next 2 steps.
    • Right click on the item Microsoft and click on New >Key. Name the key Windows Photo Viewer.
    • Right click on the newly created Windows Photo Viewer key and again create a new Key. Name this key Viewer.
  4. Inside the Viewer folder, create a new DWORD (32-bit) and rename it to BackgroundColor.
  5. Double click on BackgroundColor and under the Value data field type “FF” followed by the Hex code of the color you want to set. You can use a color picker tool to sample colors from various parts of the screen.

Now open any image in Windows Photo Viewer and you should see the new background color. To reset to the default color, simply delete the BackgroundColor DWORD.

photo-viewer-background

Windows Live Gallery

  1. Open the Registry editor and go to to the following key:
  2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows Live > Photo Gallery > Viewer
  3. Inside the Viewer folder, create a new DWORD (32-bit) and rename it to BackgroundColor.
  4. Double click on BackgroundColor and under the Value data field type “FF” followed by the Hex code of the color you want to set.

Open any image in Windows Live Gallery and you should see the new background color. To reset to the default color, simply delete the BackgroundColor DWORD.

The Easy Way

Download Photo Viewer Background Changer and extract the contents of the archive to a folder. Choose the appropriate program EXE depending on whether you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Choose which picture viewer you want to change the background color of, and then click on Change Color. Pick a color from the color palate and then click OK.

photoviewer-background

Also read: How to view RAW images in Windows and View Thumbnails of Unsupported Image File Formats

1 comment:

  1. awesome! worked great. very easy.

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