Windows 10 Photo Viewer won’t print

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While the Photo Viewer is somehow a thing of the past now, it was a big deal back in the Windows 7 and 8 days, used by millions across the world.

It did not make the leap in Windows 10 whose built-in photo viewer is now called simply: the Photos app.

Nevertheless, if you upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you might still have it and it might be worth knowing that other nostalgic users have been reporting printing problems with the Windows Photo Viewer application.

Especially users with XPS drivers claim that Windows 10 imported Photo Viewer won’t print or that it won’t print in color.

Our recommendation? Install a better-performing third-party app from the Microsoft Store or desktop programs like IrfanView, XnView, or Adobe Photoshop that are more feature-rich than the basic default tool.

Speaking about improvements in the photo viewers department, your best bet is definitely Adobe Photoshop if you want to always print crisp-looking images with perfect colors.

How do I change Windows Photo Viewer?

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When it comes to photo editing and photo viewers, you simply cannot beat the world’s best imaging and graphic design software.

With Photoshop you can crop, remove objects, process, retouch, combine photos, integrate color, effects, and achieve stunning print-ready images every time.

Photoshop can send your images to a wide range of devices to be printed onto paper directly or converted to a positive or negative image on film.

Simple images use one color in one level of gray while photographs require various color tones that must be printed on separate master plates, one for each color. Photoshop even allows you to adjust how the various plates are generated.

Let’s quickly review its impressive printing focused key features:

  • Position and scale images
  • Print part of an image
  • Print vector data
  • Color management feature (to reproduce screen colors accurately on the printed page)
  • Color separation feature

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Now you know that the Photo Viewer is not the only app that can help you open different types of image files. Though it is free, there are other software that can do a better job.

While we’re at it, check out this article for a complete list of free photo viewers. Is your favorite one in there? Let us know in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about photo viewer software

  • What is the best photo viewer for Windows 10?

Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom are among the best options for photo viewing and photo editing. Both tools provide comprehensive editing toolsets with rich and complex features, while still remaining easy to use.

  • How do I download Windows Photo Viewer?

In order to retrieve the old Windows Photo Viewer, go to Settings -> Apps -> Default apps. Click the Photo Viewer option and select the app from the list of suggestions. Alternatively, you can download the Photo Viewer from the Microsoft Store.

  • What is the best free photo viewer?

There are numerous solutions for photo viewing that are entirely free of charge. Many of them also include editing options and other bonus features. Our top recommendations are Adobe Lightroom, GIMP, and ACDSee Photo Studio.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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