a ZOOMERS’ guide
Introduction ......................... 2
Browser Mode ..................... 5
Image View Mode ............. 15
Printing .............................. 22
Image Editing .................... 28
Written by Chorlton Workshop for hsbp
This is a guide to the image viewer XnView, version 1.9, which you can also use for basic image editing, and converting images between different image formats. It’s free for non-commercial use, and its
website is at www.xnview.com .
XnView is highly configurable. After you have installed the program, it’s
recommended that you change some of the default settings to make some of the images and text larger. This is described in the Configuration section on page 36. This guide describes only a small fraction of the functionality in XnView. For more information, see XnView’s Help.
Browser and Image View modes XnView has two main modes: the Browser mode, and the Image View mode, and it opens in the Browser mode.
The Browser mode is used for looking through the contents of folders which contain images. Normally these are displayed as thumbnails, and there is also a Preview pane, which shows a slightly larger image of the selected thumbnail. In the Image View mode, a single image is displayed. You can easily zoom in, pan around the image, and switch between the images in the same folder. You can also rotate, adjust the intensity levels in, resize and crop the image, as described in the Image Editing section on page 28.
In addition, there’s a full screen version of the Image View mode, which only contains an image pane, and makes the maximum use of the screen for displaying the picture. Selecting an image to view
If you want to display an image in the Image View mode, then you can either: ; Use the Open dialog from the File
menu (CTRL + O), which is available in
both the Browser and the Image View
; Use the Tree pane and the Folder
Contents pane in the Browser mode to
find the image, and then open it in the
Image View mode, as described below.
Browser Mode Window Layout
This is similar to Windows Explorer.
Folder contents pane
The components of the window are: ; Title bar. The text includes the path of
the folder selected in the Tree pane. ; Menu bar.
; Tab bar. The first tab is for the Browser.
The remaining tabs are for the images
which have been opened, and these
allow you to quickly move between
these images. To close a tab, choose
Close from its shortcut menu
(CTRL + F4).
; Tree pane. This contains a tree view of
view of all the disks and folders on the
computer, and this tree has the same
structure as the Folders tree in
Windows Explorer. One folder is always
selected, and the files contained in this
folder are shown in the Folder contents
; Folder Contents Pane. This displays
the files which are contained in the
folder which is selected in the Tree
pane. More information about this pane
is given on page 9.
; Preview Pane. This can display a
larger version of the image selected in
the Folder Contents pane, together with
information about the image. More
information about this pane is given on
; Status bar. When an image is selected,
the status bar contains various pieces
of information about the image. If you
don’t use it, its display can be toggled
on and off by choosing Status Bar on
the View menu.
Moving around the window
You can move around the window using the following keystrokes:
; As in any window, to move to the menu
bar, press ALT, and to leave it press
; Pressing TAB moves you around the
following components: Tree pane, the
address edit box on the small toolbar,
Folder Contents pane, Tree pane etc.
Note that the address edit box on the
small toolbar is included in this cycle
even if it is not displayed. So to move
from the Tree pane to the Folder
contents pane, you have to TAB twice.
Note that if you move to the Folder
Contents pane, and initially no image is
selected, then to select the first image,
press RIGHT ARROW.
Folder Contents pane
The usual view for the Folder Contents pane is thumbnails. However, other views are available using the View As sub-menu on the View menu.
Navigating through the thumbnails using the keyboard:
; RIGHT and LEFT ARROWS for next
and prior image respectively.
; HOME and END for first and last image
If any of the images need rotating, see the Rotate section on page 28. You can also print images, as described on page 22. Preview pane
If you don’t use the Preview pane and want more room for the images in the Folder Contents pane, you can toggle the display of the Preview pane by choosing Show on the Preview pane sub-menu, which is on the View menu.
The height of the pane can be easily adjusted:
1. Move the cursor to the boundary
between the Preview pane and the