Setting up IrfanView for use.


For the experienced computer user:


Download IrfanView and unzip the files into a directory of your choice. Create a Shortcut to the program in the Windows Start Menu or on your Desktop.



For the less-experienced computer user:


Download a self-install copy of IrfanView and start the installation file.



Some informations:

Unzipped, the file contains several files. “i_about.txt” describes the viewer and gives information about the author. “i_changes.txt” contains the versions history of the program. “i_options.txt” outlines some advanced features of the program. “i_view32.exe” is the program that makes IrfanView work. The two files “i_view32.hlp” and “i_view32.cnt” are the help files for the program.


Shortcuts are the labels you click in the Start Menu or the icons on your Desktop, that start programs for you. You need to create a shortcut to IrfanView. To make one in the Start Menu, click the Start button. Move the cursor up to point at Settings. On the sub-menu that appears, click Taskbar. A dialog box opens, with two tabs. Click the tab that is labeled: Start Menu Programs. In the top half of the box, click the Add button. A box called Create Shortcut comes up to put in the name of the program. Click the Browse button and another box opens, to locate your copy of IrfanView. Find it, click it, then click the Open button. The box closes and IrfanView is now selected. Click the Next button. A box comes up called Select Program Folder. Browse through to find the folder where you want the shortcut to appear in your Start Menu. Click the folder name, then click the Next button below. Finally a box comes up called Select a Title for the Program. Click the Finish button at the bottom of the dialog. Next time you open your Start Menu, a clickable label for IrfanView will be in the folder you selected.


The easiest way to create a desktop shortcut is to use the viewer itself. Open IrfanView. Click the Options Menu, then click Properties. A dialog box opens; click the tab called Miscellaneous. Almost at the bottom is a button labeled Create desktop link for IrfanView. Click this and an icon for the viewer will appear on your desktop. Click the OK button to close. Next time you want to use the viewer, just double click the icon or press the key combination Ctrl+Shift+I.


Note: You can install/update a new version over any older version. Uninstall is not required. After install, just refresh your associations under Properties->Extensions, if not already done during installation process.