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Change Windows 7 Photo Viewer Background Color by dAKirby309 Change Windows 7 Photo Viewer Background Color by dAKirby309
If you are like me and like to use Windows Photo Viewer to see your images very large and they are very light in color, you may have a problem.. NOT ANYMORE! I present a great tutorial on how to CHANGE the Photo Viewer's BACKGROUND COLOR, FINALLY!! :D

I have had issues like this NUMEROUS TIMES, if I wanna check to see if an icon I have made looks appropriate (i.e. looking for any pixelation in the image). Many times, because I make the white images for my Metro UI Dock Icon Set, I have to go and check the image in-depth in Photo Viewer, but since they are white they can be VERY hard to see, and you can't change the color by default... :(

Now I'm gonna show you how to do so...
TUTORIAL:

1. Go to Start Menu/Run... and type "regedit" and press ENTER! Now you should have the Registry Editor open.

2. Now, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows Photo Viewer > Viewer >

3. There should be 2 items that are in view. Right-click in that part of the window and go to New>DWORD (32-bit) Value then the new item will appear, type in "BackgroundColor" (no spaces)

4. Double click the new item. Now you need to insert the color value you want to use using this site, scroll down until you see the values/colors and find one that you want to use! AND MAKE SURE TO TYPE IN "FF" THEN YOUR DESIRED DATA VALUE!!!!

Now you can open Photo Viewer and the background color SHOULD be changed!! Enjoy! :D

TIP: I recommend using a light-ish gray color for the bg (in my preview image I am using data value "ff969696"), less images would probably use that color so it would be more of a versatile color range to use in my opinion. :)
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Sorrow-US Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
tyvm, very helpfull!^^
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dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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dannyhel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
~Wow! Thank you dude!!. ;DLove 
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:icondakirby309:
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Enjoy! :)
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SoheiQi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thx Master, and it woks on win8 x64 bit too.
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dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, it does? Sweet, I'll be sure to try! :)
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IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Cool! I didn't really need to use it, but I did it anyway!
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:icondakirby309:
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha I'm glad!
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Erfa Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Thanks for this, it works like a charm! Just had to restart the program, not the computer.
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:icondakirby309:
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it worked. :)
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jen9053 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Thanks so much for the tutorial - it worked perfectly!!!
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:icondakirby309:
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it! :)
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simobortolo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Nice!!
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:icondakirby309:
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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simobortolo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Interface Designer
:)
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Telanstus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I've been searching for this for the last 6 months, thanks
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:icondakirby309:
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob, glad you found the solution. :)
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semut05 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
i love u man!!!but i'm not a gay, i just love u!!!i warn u i'm not a gay!!
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dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful. And the expression people generally use when they say something that can be taken as homo is "nohomo". Said all the time. lol and good, I'm not gay either! =P
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semut05 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
yeah kids today!!
lol
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toxiccandymanson Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you works great
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:icondakirby309:
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy to help! :)
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potasiyam Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice. Thanks for the pro tips.
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:icondakirby309:
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob. :)
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RsrMusic Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
worked perfectly!
Thank you!
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dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob! :)
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ntim007 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Thanks for the tip !!!
Works perfectly on Vista.
Just one thing, on vista, it's windows Photo gallery not photo viewer.
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dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok then great! :) And I guess they changed the name in Win7...
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PeterRollar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool find.:clap:
Btw Do you know that HamedDanger uses your icons in his packs? Saw it on Winmatrix.
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dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
Yea, I know he's using my icons for at least his Metro Tile Skin Pack, anything else?
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PeterRollar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, nice! I like the way my icons look ;) Although I think I like the system tray icons white, I'll have to tell him that whenever he's finishing the updated one he's working on. :)
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IzzuThug Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Cool! I've run into the same problem a couple of times too.
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dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) It is so useful for me. haha
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