How to open JPG File: Looking through the folders of your new computer, did you come across one or more JPG files and now would you like to understand what it is and how to open them? Yes? It seems more than fair to me. How do you say? Do you perfectly agree with me but, being a little expert in IT, are you afraid of damaging and would you like to receive some useful tips? Well, if things are actually this way, you know that you can count on me again. In the following lines, in fact, I’m going to show you everything you can do for open JPG files, be on Windows PC be on Mac OS X.
Before illustrating which tools to use and what operations to carry out in order to open JPG files, it is good that you understand exactly what we are talking about. JPG files (otherwise identified as JPEG, an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group) are nothing more than images. This format is commonly used to store and transmit digital graphics and photographic images on the Internet because its compression algorithm greatly reduces the size of the image file. In a nutshell, since JPG files are synonymous with small size, thanks to this format, users can easily and extremely easily share images of this type.
With this in mind, if you really intend to find out how to open JPG files, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, get comfortable in front of your computer and concentrate on reading this tutorial. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell you more than satisfied and that if necessary you will also be ready to explain to your friends in need of a similar tip how to do it. Ready? Yes? Well, then let’s proceed.
Open JPG files on Windows PC
For sure it will seem trivial but the most practical system to open JPG files on a Windows PC is simply to double-click on it. In fact, being the JPG files normally openable via the photo viewer available as standard on all Windows operating systems to access it, just double-click on the file icon, nothing else.
To open JPG files on Windows then locate the file on which you intend to go, click on it with the left mouse button twice in a row and then wait for the image viewer window to be visible on the screen. Alternatively, you can open JPG files using the image viewer available as standard on Windows by right-clicking on the file you want to view and then pressing on the item You open attached to the menu that is shown to you.
If you use Windows 10 after opening JPG files using the Windows image viewer, you can also make simple changes to it and save the changes. In fact, using the appropriate buttons visible on the screen you can rotate or crop the image or, again, change its size, color and much more. When changes are made, press the icon depicting a floppy disk that is shown to you at the top of the image viewer window in order to save and apply the changes. If instead you use Windows 8 or a previous version of the Microsoft home operating system after opening JPG files you can make changes by clicking on the menu Open with present at the top of the image viewer and choosing Paint or another of the programs available for editing.
As an alternative to the image viewer available on all Windows operating systems, you can also open JPG files by resorting to the use of third-party software such as IrfanView. This is a free program that allows you to easily view photos and images saved in a large variety of different formats in a fairly simple and immediate way.
In order to open JPG files with IrfanView the first thing you need to do is therefore to download and install the program on your computer. To do this click here so that you can immediately connect to the download web page of the program. Then presses on the voice IrfanView placed sideways under the wording 32 bit or 64 bit depending on the version of Windows installed on your PC. Then press on the button Download Now attached to the new web page displayed and wait for the software download to start and then complete.
When the download is complete open the file iviewxxx_setup-exe which has been downloaded to your computer and then start the software installation procedure by clicking first on Yes and then on Forward four times in a row. To conclude presses the button Done.
Then wait a few moments for the program window to be visible on the desktop and then press on the item File present in the upper right part of the same, select the item Open … from the menu that is shown to you, select the JPG file that you intend to open and then press on You open.
At this point you can be satisfied, the procedure to open JPG files with IrfanView is finished and in the program window you should finally be able to correctly view the image.
Keep in mind that if necessary you can also use the buttons and commands located at the top of the program window to improve the display of the file or to make changes to it. By using the buttons at the top of the IrfanView window, you can in fact view the file in the form of a presentation, save the image, print it, perform copy and paste operations and increase or decrease the zoom level. Pressing on the menu instead Edit and then choosing Show Paint Dialog you can display a toolbar to insert text, color and more to the file. To save all the various and possible changes made to the file by pressing the menu File and pi select the item Save (original folder).
A valid alternative to the solutions I have just shown you to open JPG files is to contact GIMP. If you have never heard of it, know that it is a free software for photo editing as well as one of the best alternatives to the expensive Photoshop. Thanks to this program it is possible to open most of the files viewable with Photoshop, including the JPG format, and it is possible to improve the appearance of digital photos by carrying out various operations.
To use GIMP to open JPG files the first thing you need to do is download the software. To do this click here, then presses on the voice Download x.x.xx placed at the top and then click the orange button. Now wait for the software download procedure to start and complete after which double click on the downloaded file to start the program installation wizard and follow the instructions on the screen to complete it.
Now that you have installed GIMP on your computer, start it by clicking on its icon, wait a few moments for the program window to be visible and then click on the item File located in the upper right part of the central window, presses on You open… and select the JPG file that you intend to open and view.
At this point I would say that we are finally there! After these steps, the procedure to open JPG files with GIMP is finished and in the program window you should be able to correctly view the image.
If in addition to being able to open JPG files you want to use GIMP for photo editing operations, I suggest you consult my guide on how to use GIMP in which I explained in a very detailed way how to exploit this program.
Open JPG files on Mac OS X
If you own a Mac and you are interested in understanding how to open JPG files, know that the easiest and most immediate way to do this is to contact Preview, the program available as standard on OS X thanks to which it is possible to view and edit images and documents in PDF format.
In order to open JPG files with Preview, all you have to do is click twice on the file icon. Then wait for the Preview window to be visible on the OS X desktop. Alternatively, access the Launchpad and click on the icon Preview, wait for the application window to be visible on the screen then select the JPG file that you intend to open and then press the button You open.
Then wait a few moments for the procedure by which to open JPG files with Preview to be completed and for the file you selected to be visible on the screen.
If necessary, you can also make quick changes to the JPG file displayed simply by pressing the button depicting a briefcase located at the top of the Preview window and then clicking on the button corresponding to the tool that you intend to use. If you are interested in simply cutting the displayed image, you can follow the instructions in my guide on how to cut a photo with Mac. You can then save the changes made by closing the Preview window.
If you use a Mac and you are interested in opening JPG files you can also take advantage of it Paintbrush. If you have never heard of it, know that it is a free application for OS X that remembers very closely, both in terms of functionality and interface, the Paint program available for Windows operating systems.
In order to merge photos with Paintbrush the first thing you need to do is download the program. To do this click here so that you can immediately connect to the main web page of the same and then click on the item Downloads placed on the side and then on the link Paintbrush 2.1.2.
Now wait for the download procedure to be started and completed after you drag the program icon from the folder Download to that Applications OS X. Then double-click on the program icon and wait for its window to be visible.
Proceed now by going to open JPG files. To do this, press on the voice File attached to the menu bar, click on Open …, select the image on your computer you wish to open and then click on the button Open.
Once the JPG file is displayed in the Paintbrush window, you can eventually use the editing functions attached to the toolbar available on the screen to select the brush to use, the eraser, the selection tool and much more. Instead, use the window Colors to select and mix the colors you intend to use to modify the image. If you can’t see the toolbar with the tools, press on the item Windows attached to the menu bar and then click Toolbox while if you can not see the color window presses on the item Font always present on the menu bar and then click Show Colors. To save all the various and possible changes made to the JPG file, press on the item File attached to the menu bar and then click Save.
In addition to Windows, Mac can also be used GIMP to open JPG files. The software, in fact, is also available in the version for OS X. If you are therefore interested in this solution, all you have to do is stick to the indications that I have already provided you with in the previous lines, when I explained how to take advantage of the software on PC. Regardless of the operating system used, the procedure to be performed to open JPG files with GIMP is practically identical.