How To Change Default Photo Viewer on Windows 8

In case you have not noticed, if you try to open a new image inside Windows 8 it will open the photo in the Metro Photos App instead of the default “Windows Photo Viewer”. While metro apps are great, but it really doesn’t make any sense for a desktop computer to view the photo in full screen in the metro app. I’d much prefer the traditional way of viewing an image.

So here is how you can change the default application for any images in Windows 8

Right click an image, go to “Open with > Choose default program …”


This will leads to a new metro style dialog ask you to choose from a list of photo programs. Scroll down to the very bottom, click “Windows Photo Viewer


And you are all set.


The next time when you open an image it will no longer go to the metro Photos app, instead you can enjoy what it was like in Windows 7 and prior.

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  • http://www.Marisic.Net dotnetchris

    Awesome. The metro picture viewer just doesn’t make sense to launch from the desktop.

  • D

    Awesome! Metro picture is a POS.

  • B

    damn I have been looking for a way to go back to the simple windows viewer for awhile! Thanks for this!

    • Free_Market_Mafia

      Such a simple solution. I should have thought of that. Thanks for the solution!

  • Alfred Thomas

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!

  • NikKhazami Bartowski

    thank you!!!

  • putesputes

    Thank you! Thank you! Oh sweet lord Jesus save us from Metro on a Desktop….

  • guest

    Do you know how to set what program opens the image for editing after viewing in Windows Photo Viewer?

    • Jonathan Hu

      good question, try this

  • Andrew Ruangtip

    Thanks :) I hate it every time i have to open a photo and it takes me to metro mode. This helps a lot

  • Diane K

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This was driving me absolutely nuts!!! And yes, I share the hate.

  • Larry

    How do I turn off the delete confirmation? I could do this in 7 but not in 8. It is already turned off for the recycle bin.

    • proflola

      How did you do it in Windows 7? I really need to turn it off.

  • fu man choo

    aviary isnt listed on that dropdown. Bill gates will be sued once again

  • Melinda de los Santos

    Thanks, geek in shining armor! (No-nonsense professionalism.) :)

  • Roddisq

    I dont know where microsoft had its mind when made this total disaster called windows 8