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What if I *want* Windows Picture and Fax Viewer?

A very common question most folks have shortly after installing Windows XP
is
How do I make something other than “Picture and FAX Viewer” the default for
viewing pictures?
.

The other day I got a couple of variations on the reverse:

What is the file name and extension for Windows picture and fax
viewer? I want to use it for an OLE object to view pictures.

and

How do I change my default image viewer back to the Windows
Picture and Fax Viewer?

Turns out it’s easier to get rid of than it is to restore. But not
impossible.

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It took a little spelunking using Process Explorer to determine the command line that is used when
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is invoked. Turns out that it’s not a
stand-alone exe at all.

The command to run Windows Picture and Fax viewer is:

rundll32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen
path-to-picture

So, to answer the first question: shimgvw.dll probably exposes the objects
needed to use Windows Picture and Fax Viewer as an OLE object.

As for the second, restoring Windows Picture and Fax Viewer as the viewer
for images:

  • Note what file extension you want to change the default for. That’s the
    “.jpg”, “.gif”, and so on at the end of the filename. It indicates the type of
    picture, and more importantly, it’s what Windows uses to decide what program to
    use to display it.
  • Open up Windows Explorer. (The Windows Key + E, on many keyboards.)
  • Find any file with that same extension.
  • Right-click on the filename, and select Open With
    .
  • Select Choose Program at the bottom of the list that’s
    displayed.
  • In the resulting dialog box, “Windows Picture and Fax Viewer” should
    already be listed. Click on it.
  • Check the box labeled “Always use the selected program to
    open this kind of file”.
  • Press OK

If for some reason it’s not already in the list, you can force the
association by following these steps, still in Windows Explorer:

  • On the Tools menu, click Folder
    Options…
  • Click on the File Types tab.
  • Scroll down to the extension you care about, for example “JPG”.
  • Press the Restore button, if it exists.
  • Press the Advanced button.
  • Click on the Open action.
  • Click on Edit…
  • In the Application used to perform action: enter
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1
    . Where
    “C:\WINDOWS” is the directory containing your Windows installation.
  • Press OK

You’ll want to repeat that for every extension (GIF, JPG, JPEG, etc.) for
which you want to change the behavior.

Update: Another approach to re-installing
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
is to click on Start, Run… and type in:

regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll

and press OK. Then press OK again on the resulting success message.
(Thanks to comment poster Leon for this suggestion.)

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77 comments on “What if I *want* Windows Picture and Fax Viewer?”

  1. I read your instructions, but in IE the viewer is Apple’s Quick Time, I want to change the viewer to use Windows Picture and Fax Viwewer (WPFV)when I open a tif file.

    I disabled the tif association in IE and used the file association in tools under folder options, file types to associate tif to WPFV but it would not work correctly in IE. What steps are necessary to reassociate WPFV in Internet Explorer?
    Thanks,

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  2. This is one of those areas in Windows where it is much easier to use the command-line than the GUI (Explorer). There are two commands that control all file associations, ASSOC and FTYPE. To restore the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer simply type the following command (using JPEG as an example):

    ASSOC .jpg=jpegfile

    That’s it, just a single command! No opening multiple windows and clicking buttons. This is assuming that no other application modified the “jpegfile” file type. To check that, simply issue this command:

    FTYPE jpegfile

    It should show up like this:

    jpegfile=rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1

    If it has been modified to run some other application, then you can restore it simply by issuing the command FTYPE with that full line above after it, as in:

    FTYPE jpegfile=rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1

    For more technical details, use these two commands:

    HELP FTYPE
    HELP ASSOC

    Enjoy!

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  3. Ref: http://ask-leo.com/what_if_i_want_windows_picture_and_fax_viewer.html

    Interesting stuff. However, didn’t solve my problem; to wit: getting Windows Picture and Fax Viewer to function in WIN 2K Pro.

    search for: shimgvw.dll and found two instances:
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\dllcache

    What I need is the procedure for enabling the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer….

    At the present time, it is not even one of the choices when using ‘Open With’ … on a JPG or GIF file …

    Methods:
    WinExplorer – Tools/Folder Options/File Types

    -select Registered File Type : JPG
    -select Advanced
    -select Edit
    Entered: C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1
    (as per your post) in the ‘Application used to perform action:’ textbox … [Action: Open]

    (Use DDE not selected)\

    Click Ok and then OK to close Edit File Type..and then click Close to close out the Folder Options form.

    Next tried double left-click to open a standard JPG picture. RUNDLL Error msg displayed:

    ‘Error in C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll
    Missing entry:ImageView_Fullscreen’

    Next tried right click and ‘Open With’ and selected ‘Shell Image View Control’

    Got same RUNDLL error msg … and an error msg related to the JPG picture …

    ‘Cannot find the file ‘C:\My Documents\My Pictures\Cliff in Clouds.jpg’ (or one of its components). Make sure the path
    and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.’

    So…. we’ve hit the proverbial Brick Wall …
    All advice appreciated.

    M.F.

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  4. Finally…I’ve been looking for this page forever…(about 6 months).

    I want windows picture and fax viewer. but for some reason it stopped working about a year ago…I started using HP Image Zone Express as a stand-in, but it doesn’t find the files like I need…

    Here’s whats happening on my XP Pro machine:
    Start – My Pictures: I see the file names and “Icons” but the Icons are not the normal thumbnail pictures, but just a “Picture” Icon (the red sky with the sailboat). some of the older folders of pictures that I had have the file icon with the mini-thumbnails inside, but when I open the file, just picture icons again, no thumbnails. I miss the thumbnails. Double-click a picture, I get an error that the pic (any of them) is not a valid WIN32 application. I right-click and choose to open with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, and I get nothing. WPFV is listed, but it will not open. I can’t even find WPFV on my computer…

    so what I need is the WPFV install file…I can find lots of remove files, and things about it…but I can’t find the file itself. any help?

    btw Leo – I own a small Coffee Shop, if you help me out, I’ll buy you a Viente Caramel Macciatto Triple-Shot.

    thanks! Sockhatguy (@hotmail.com)

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  5. Well, as outlined in the article WPFV is not an application, and you won’t find it on your computer. For reasons unknown it’s a hidden function in a DLL. Try following the instructions in the article to reassociate it properly with pictures and see if that doesn’t help.

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  6. I have tried your instructions to restore Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and everything works except I do not get to a dialog box that gives me the option to check “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file”. It jumps over that step (the critical step) and opens the picture. How do I get this all-important box to appear? (You probably don’t need to have this info but—I recently downloaded Photoshop Elements 3.0. and it “hi-jacked” my Windows default and I’m trying to get back to Windows as my default.

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  7. Sorry–me again. Photoshop Elements hijacking my default setting to open my pictures (JPG files). I just discovered Folder Options and it does give me the opportunity to check “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.” But when I select JPG files and select to open it with Windows and to always use this program to open these files, the icon changes from Photoshop Elements…but the actual JPG files still have the Elements icon and still open with Elements. I have even rebooted. The folders options still show JPG files as opening with Windows but the JPG files still open with Elements.

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  8. i’m looking for the mini-thumbnails, too, and hate that red sky sailboat crap.

    on my system i do get the wpfv to open jpg file with a double click and i can get the edit link to edit with photoshop – it’s only those little thumbnails that i miss – more so as i used to dig them plenty when inserting photos onto outlook’s notes field. now that my default editor is photoshop i see photoshop icon instead.

    i’ll much appreciate pointers if there is any…

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  9. to change the icon back go to file types select JPG click “advanced” click “Change Icon” and enter in “C:\WINNT\System32\shimgvw.dll” or “C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll” and click ok and the sunset sailboat icon should come up

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  10. New to this post, but hoping so many experts out there can help me out. I’ve a new computer, clean install of Windows XP Media edition & enjoy using the Windows Picture & Fax Viewer. Now, out of the blue, I get a DEP (Data Execution Protection) Fault/Error & windows automatically closes Windows Picture & Fax viewer. Help about DEP errors (which I’ve never seen before) talk about it trying to stop non-recognized progams from running code in protected Memory locations. Well, I would think that WINDOWS XP should recognize WINDOWS Pic & Fax Viewer… Anyway, I have a similarly configured laptop & it has no troubles. Any ideas (I cannot use the Windows recommended solution to “exclude” a program from DEP checks because as has been pointed out in these posts, it’s not really a program, but a DLL. Thanks.

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  11. I installed Scan Soft’s OmniPage SE (OCR program) that came with my scanner. After that all my image files, e.g. jpg-files, were captured by this program. I’ve restored the association of jpg with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and they now open with that by default.

    BUT: the properties displayed by right clicking on the file name in Explorer, and their icon, remain those of OmniPage. How do I fully restore these? The “Restore” button restores the association with OmniPage!

    Thanks,
    Peter

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  12. NO it does NOT mean that. The code that is exploited is used by many applications in addition to Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. Keep your eyes out for a patch from Microsoft.

    Reply
  13. If you still have Preview as an option when you right-click. You can make Preview the default option once again through the registry editor.

    The following in a .reg file will set jpegfile, giffile, and png file to default to Preview. You can also just find the entry in RegEdit and change the default value for that key yourself.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\shell]
    @=”Preview”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\giffile\shell]
    @=”Preview”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\pngfile\shell]
    @=”Preview”

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  14. I had the same problem with windows picture and fax viewer being unistalled. To reinstall it just go to start, run and type in(or copy and paste):
    regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll
    ,then press ok and press ok again when window comes up.

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  15. Thanks for all the help… I lost WPFV after having trouble with some mallware/spyware etc…

    I deleted that using Ad-Aware, Spybot search and destroy and spysweeper and finally Norton Anti virus to get rid of all the shit. (sorry for that word)…

    After deleting the spyware i found out that WPFV was no longer working…
    I did find this website and also the answer to my problem.

    What did i do to change it back to the way it was:

    go to start > run > regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll
    then press ok and press ok again when window comes up.
    So reinstalling shimgvw.dll did the thing for me.

    Leo they should give you a medal for this website. THANKS !!!

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  16. Ok, so I have figured out that Windows Picture and Fax Viewer isn’t a stand-alone, but when I try to run (start, run) the path from above rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen path-to-picture nothing happens? I can successfully open pictures with the application (“open with”) but I would like to use the application to create a slide show. I can do this in PowerPoint, but I would like to send it out without having to have people start the show themselves and thought the Viewer would be better for this.

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  17. I have tried all of your suggestions and am signed in as the administrator, but get the following message when I try to run, regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll; Load library (“shimgvw.dll”)failed-The specified module could not be found. I look forward to any suggestions you may have. Thanks.

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  18. I have tried all of your suggestions for fixing, WPFV, but to no avail. When I try to load: regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll, I get the following message: Load library (“shimgvw.dll”) failed – The specificed module could not be found. I hope you have some additional suggestions. I’m using XP, SP1 and SP2. Thanks.

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  19. Follow up to your suggestion, ran file checker and did not get any messages. Still get the same message when I try to load: regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll, e.g.: Load library (“shimgvw.dll”) failed – The specificed module could not be found.

    Perhaps time to just use another package like XnView. Thanks for your suggestions and do appreciate what you’re doing.

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  20. After installing SP2 for XP Home, Picture and Fax Viewer stopped working. I followed your instructions (much clearer than Microsoft’s at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327833/en-us) but got the error message: “C:\WINDOWS\system32\shimgvw.dll” is not an executable file and no registration helper is registered for this file type.
    So, I located the file in C:\WINDOWS\system32\, renamed it “old_shimgvw.dll” (just in case!) and moved it to another folder.
    I then downloaded a new copy of the file from http://www.dlldump.com (full url – http://www.dlldump.com/download-dll-files.php/dllfiles/S/shimgvw.dll/download.html)into the C:\WINDOWS\system32\ folder.
    After that, I ran the command “regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll” as you suggested, and … SUCCESS!

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  21. I had an issue where the WPandFV wouldn’t load, wouldn’t preview anything… and the solution was clicking on Start, then on run and typing this in.

    regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll

    then click ok when the box comes up, and it should work.

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  22. I wanted to find out how to run the Picture Viewer from the command line so I can autorun it from a DVD containing photos, and you’ve given me the answer – top hit on Google!

    Since the System32 directory is on the Path, it’s better not to put “C:\WINDOWS\System32\” on the command line in case it’s the wrong location.

    Thanks for the tip.

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  23. I can open QuickTime from vba code:
    str = (“C:\ProgramFiles QuickTime\PictureViewer.exe”)
    str = str & ” “
    str = str & strFileName)
    Shell str, vbNormalFocus

    How do I the same with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer?

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  24. I have WPFV on my WinXP machine and love it. Trying to get it enabled on a Win2K machine but have not been successful.

    When I Go to Start/Run and type: regsvr32 shimgvw.dll, the RegSvr32 dialog box shows with the message: DllRegisterServer in shimgvw.dll succeeded. I clicked OK.

    I then add “rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1” to the File Open properties for JPG.

    However, when I try to open a JPG, I get two error messages.

    First Error: RUNDLL – Error loading C:\WINDOWS\system32\shimgvw.dll. This is odd since my shimgvw.dll is located in C:\WINNT\system32

    Second Error: Cannot find the file ….(location of the file)…(or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.

    When I then try to Go to Start/Run and type: regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll, I get a RegSvr32 message “shimgvw.dll was loaded, but the DllInstall entry point was not found.”

    Can WPFW work in Windows 2K? Someone else asked this but no one responded. If YES, how can I get it to work?

    Thanks!

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  25. Well, it looks like you told it one thing (WINDOWS) when it was really somewhere else (WINNT). Make sure that you’re specifying the same, and correct, directory in all cases.

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  26. Hi Leo,
    After I posted my message, I realized that the open command path was different so I did change it to “rundll32.exe C:\WINNT\system32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1”. However, when I tried to open a JPG file, this time, I got a RUNDLL error message “Error in C:\WINNT\system32\shimgvw.dll Missing entry:ImageViewer_Fullscreen”

    Thinking that my Win2K shimgvw.dll were outdated, I even copied that dll from my WinXP machine. When that didn’t work, I even followed the instructions posted by Paul on January 23, 2006 10:28 PM to downloaded a new copy of the file from http://www.dlldump.com (full url – http://www.dlldump.com/download-dll-files.php/dllfiles/S/shimgvw.dll/download.html) and reran the command “regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll” and unlike him, I get the same error registering the dll I reported previously. It seemed successful when I ran the “regsvr32 shimgvw.dll” command but I still get an error opening JPG files.

    Any more suggestions on what I can do to get WPFV to work on my Win2K machine?
    Thanks!

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  27. Hi Leo
    I’m interested to know more about windows picture and fax viewer; as, not being a computer specialist, and not having an enormous amount of time, (I’ve already spent all day on it); I’d like to know why it is that picture and fax viewer (pfv), although being a great tool, is so difficult to understand. I notice that sometimes when I open pictures there are left over pictures from previous visits (which can be compromising!). I’d like to be able to manage this tool, but I can’t find it. I’ve installed pfv on my desktop now, but it doesn’t handle like other program,such as paint; in fact I can’t find it in my programs, although it’s there!
    Is there a simple explanation for this.

    Thanks
    Andrew

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  28. I had the same problem as a few previous posts on my Win 2K machine – reloading the shimgvw as suggested did not work.

    While investigating, I found that my preview in explorer was not working for .jpg files but did work for .jpeg files.

    After some more investigation, I found the answer on the following website:
    http://www.dewassoc.com/support/index.html

    It seems somewhere along the way my registry for the preview settings has got out of whack.

    The website included a .reg file (previewfix.zip) that when run fixed up the registry for ShellExt and made my previews work again.

    Hope this helps.

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  29. Update: Another approach to re-installing Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is to click on Start, Run… and type in:

    regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll
    and press OK. Then press OK again on the resulting success message. (Thanks to comment poster Leon for this suggestion.)

    IT WORKS!!

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  30. Hi Leo,

    This info is super!
    I need to ask you though, where you explain how to “force the association”, in point 8, you give to paths to enter, how’s that? am I to enter both paths? or only one? I didn’t know we could enter 2 paths… I’m clearly confused.
    Thanks in advance for enlighten me 🙂

    J.

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  31. Windows picture and fax viewer no longer opens image files of any kind. The files open in paint but I want to use the windows program. How do I fix this?

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  32. I’m having the same problem Danieal. When I double click a picture file all I get is ‘no preview available’ in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. Everything opens fine in photoshop, paint, explorer etc…

    In the active title bar for the window, it either shows up blank, or says 00000 as the file name.

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  33. …SOLUTION…
    first off, sorry I spelled your name wrong.

    Do this… Start –> Run, Paste this in..

    regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll

    Click Okay, then okay again, it should work.

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  34. My scanner program can link to a program, but you need to show it a *.exe. I’d like to use Windows Picture and fax viewer, what should I do?

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  35. Eric, try pointing it to explorer.exe (or c:\windows\explorer.exe). If the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is the default for the image type that your scanner is using, it should work.

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  36. Most of this article didn’t apply to my situation however I noticed one person’s comment that did match: How to restore the Preview (not Open) association to Windows Picture and Fax Viewer (for me, Photoshop’s Image Ready hijacked this menu item).

    In Folder Options – File Types, go to the extension (in my case PNG), the button near the bottom-right probably says “Restore” instead of “Advanced”. Click on Restore. It will change to Advance. Then click on Advance. I was able to remove Image Ready references. I restored Preview by changing the program used to…

    C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1

    …and change the accelerator key back to “v” by typeing “pre&view” for the name of the action.

    Then fix the default program used to open the file (it got changed when first clicking on the Restore button) back to the default (in my case Corel PhotoPaint).

    I hope this helps. Trying to explain procedure in the shortest space possible.

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  37. No response necessary. Thanks very much.

    I just wanted to let you know how your work has benefited some kids. It let me help out some sixth and eighth graders at a school in South Carolina who are taking my Pearls of Perl course and wanted to know how to get their Perl program to display pictures.

    (I couldn’t find a simple Perl module that they could install to display pictures.)

    I had searched through Microsoft Help for some time and tried guessing the process name from the task manager display as well as looking through the Windows directory for the name of an exe.

    I know now that it would have taken me a long time going that route.

    –D.

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  38. Could not get WP&F viewer to default when opening .jpg or .jpeg from Juno email attachment.
    Start, Run… and type in: regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll
    Did the trick.
    Thanks Much – Jed

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  39. FABULOUS! A newbie to XP, some program or another hijacked all my graphics file associations early on in my computer setup. Here’s what I did – on the “Advanced” tab for the file associations, I created a new “command” (preview), pasted in the above to the Application line, then set “preview” to default. Now, when I double click a graphics file it shows it to me with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, but I can still right click and have it open with the graphics program of my choice.

    Best of all, I changed the BMP extension first, and I think maybe the GIF extension, only to find with great pleasure that all the JPEG and TIFF extension variants automatically changed as well, with the “open” still set to whatever program that hijacked them (fine, as I’m still debating what to use for a graphics editor, and will fix when I’ve decided) but with my new “preview” command firmly in place using Windows Viewer and set as the default. I was so stunned I almost fell off my chair, this accommodating behaviour is most unlike Windows…

    I think I’d better buy Leo a Latte!!!

    Thanks!

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  40. I tried re-installing but when I try to run the command it shows the error the file not found, I tried the other way to but that did not work either, is it possible i have deleted the dll
    kindly advise

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  41. To user Aman: You may be having the same problem as me – when trying to access Picture & Fax Viewer or reinstall the dll, I get “system cannot find the file specified”, but it’s visible in system32 directory as it should be.

    Check C:\WINDOWS\system32 for shimgvw.dll. If it’s not there, you’ll need to get hold of the file again (Google “download shimgvw.dll”) & copy it in, then you’ll need to re-register the file by doing Start, Run, & it should be OK.

    If shimgvw.dll is already in the system32 directory, despite what Windows error messages say, then you have the same problem as me and I’m still looking for the solution.

    Leo, do you have any suggestion please why Windows would report file not found when it’s clearly visible?

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  42. Sorry, further message because an item I’d put in arrow brackets was skipped. Second paragraph of above was supposed to have read:
    Check C:\WINDOWS\system32 for shimgvw.dll. If it’s not there, you’ll need to get hold of the file again (Google “download shimgvw.dll”) & copy it in, then you’ll need to re-register the file by doing [Start, Run: regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll] & it should be OK.

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  43. To Zap Coffey-Brittain

    thanks! that helped solve my problem of a missing Windows Picture and Fax viewer, turns out I was missing the shimgvw.dll in my system32 folder. searched for it, downloaded it and placed it in the folder. lo and behold after start-run-regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll, it reinstalled and my thumbnails came out. again, thanks!

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  44. Create an icon for Windows Picture and Fax Viewer on your desktop or in a folder which appears on the desktop. Do this by creating a “dummy” icon by copying something else. Then change the properties so that the target is: rundll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen

    In Windows Explorer, go to the folder containing the pictures you want to view. Drag and drop one onto the new Win Pix/Fax Viewer icon. Then you will be able to use all its features on the pictures in the folder you selected.

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  45. I was very happy with Windows Picture and Fax viewer with Windows XP. Now I have Vista, and it has been replaced with Windows Photo Gallery, which does not have the features I want. Is there any way to get back to the Pictures and Fax Viewer?

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    Not that I’m aware of, it appears to be specific to Windows
    XP or whatever version it might be running on.

    My recommendation is actually to dump Windows Photo Gallery
    (And Windows Picture and Fax Viewer) and get a tool like
    IrfanView http://www.irfanview.com/ or FastStone Image
    Viewer http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

    Leo

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  47. I liked the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer in XP, but now I’ve switched over to Vista Ultimate. The photo gallery program is not nearly as friendly. Is there a way to download in run the older Windows Picture and Fax Viewer program on Vista?

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  48. 1.click start-control panel.
    2.click folder options.
    3.in folder options-click file types click NEW.
    4.in create new extention enter [TIF] infile extention box. then click ADVANCED.
    5.in associated File Type drop down find TIF Image.
    6.click OK.
    7.find TIF Image in the list.
    8.click OK
    END
    the above worked for me, and still doe’s.
    All the best Brian
    7 Mar 2008

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  49. When using the second method to restore the default viewer, you must add the quotations when typing in the program path or you get an error saying…..

    “The specified program could not be found. Make sure the path and file name are correct.”

    In the Application used to perform action: enter
    “C:\WINDOWS system32\rundll32.exe” “C:\WINDOWS\System32\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen” “%1”

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  50. Download the mozilla add on that will launch an internet explorer tab in a mozilla session…then open the link with picture and fax viewer.

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  51. Thanks for the info. You solved my version of the problem. My preferred default was MS Office Document imaging that I use to incorporate scanned images into powerpoint. My default with XP was reset by the widely reviled office 2007 upgrade. I was using right click open/with but was just double clicking to get my preference.
    Not only was this an extra couple of steps, but I often forgot and double-clicked and got the wrong progam. MS Office Document Imaging allows you to select a portion of the image and edit/”copy image” to paste into a powerpoint slide. This is very useful in adapting powerpoint to replicate the blackboard / transparency / notes techniques for college classes (I’m an adjunct prof).

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  52. Importing this registry key will set picture and fax viewer as default for TIF and TIFF files.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.TIF]
    @=”TIFImage.Document”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.TIFF]
    @=”TIFImage.Document”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document]
    “EditFlags”=dword:00010000
    “FriendlyTypeName”=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,\
    00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,\
    32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,69,00,6d,00,67,00,76,00,77,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,\
    00,2c,00,2d,00,33,00,30,00,36,00,00,00
    “ImageOptionFlags”=dword:00000000
    “BrowserFlags”=dword:00000008
    @=”TIF Image”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\DefaultIcon]
    @=”shimgvw.dll,4″

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\shell]
    @=””

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\shell\open]
    “MuiVerb”=”@shimgvw.dll,-550”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\shell\open\command]
    @=”rundll32.exe C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1″

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\shell\open\DropTarget]
    “Clsid”=”{E84FDA7C-1D6A-45F6-B725-CB260C236066}”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\shell\printto]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\shell\printto\command]
    @=”rundll32.exe C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_PrintTo /pt \”%1\” \”%2\” \”%3\” \”%4\””

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  53. Hi, Leo – My problem is different (but I feel related to this thread). Now, when I scan text, when I am getting an uneditable (apparently unconvertible)”photo” image. I want text that I can covert to Word with OCR. That is what happened in the past. I must have done something to change my settings. My operating system is XP and I have Word from Office 2003. Thank you for this help, Alan

    Scanning to OCR is usually a two-step process: scan to an image and then run OCR software on that image. Unfortunately since I don’t know how you were set up to do this in the first place when it worked for you, I don’t know how to restore that functionality.

    – Leo
    08-Oct-2008
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  54. Closing comments here, since we have oodles, and they’re mostly thank you’s, or people that haven’t read the article.

    – Leo
    03-Nov-2008
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