By Kathryn Freeman,2014-07-06 12:54
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    XnView 1.9

     a ZOOMERS’ guide

    Introduction ......................... 2

    Browser Mode ..................... 5

    Image View Mode ............. 15

    Printing .............................. 22

    Image Editing .................... 28

    Configuration..................... 36

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 .

    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.

    Title bar

    Menu bar

    Tab bar


    Folder contents pane

    Tree pane

    Preview pane

    Status bar


    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).

    ; Toolbar.

    ; 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

    page 10.

    ; 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


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