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!!
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! 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.