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How to open PNG files

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How to open PNG files: Browsing through the folders on your computer, did you come across one or more PNG files and now would you like to understand what it is and, above all, how to open them? Well, it seems more than fair. How do you say? Do you also think this way and would you like to know if I can help you? But of course yes, don’t worry, with today’s guide I’m going to explain how to do it open PNG files, be on Windows that on OS X. Don’t worry, it’s really simple.

Before explaining how to open PNG files, it is good that you clear your ideas about it. PNG, which stands for Portable Network Graphics, is a file format for storing images. The PNG format is superficially similar to the GIF, since it is capable of storing images without losing any information, but is more efficient with images that do not contain too many details to be stored in a small space. Currently the PNG format is widely used and all the main graphics and navigation programs allow you to create, edit and view files of this type.

Having made this necessary premise, if you are interested in understanding how to open PNG files, I suggest you take ten minutes of free time or a little more and concentrate on reading the information I am about to provide you. I am sure that in the end you can say you are satisfied and that in case of need you will also be ready and well available to explain to your friends in need of a similar tip how to do it. Let it bet?

Photo viewer (Windows)

To most it may seem trivial but if you have a computer with Windows installed the most practical system to open PNG files is to double-click on it. In fact, being the files in PNG format normally openable through Photo viewer available as standard on all Microsoft operating systems, to access it, just click twice on the file icon, nothing else. Simple, right?

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To open the PNG files on Windows, therefore identify the element on which you intend to act, 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 PNG files using the image viewer available as standard on Windows by right-clicking on the file you wish to view and then pressing on the item You open attached to the menu that is shown to you.

Screenshot showing how to open PNG files

If you are using Windows 10, after opening the PNG files through the image viewer you can also make simple changes to the same and save the changes. By using the appropriate buttons visible on the screen you can in fact rotate or crop the image or, again, change its size, color and much more. Once the changes have been made, press the icon depicting a floppy disk which is shown to you at the top of the image viewer window in order to save and apply the changes. If instead you are using Windows 8 or a previous version of Windows, after opening the PNG 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.

IrfanView (Windows)

Another excellent way to open PNG files is to use IrfanView. This is a free software that allows you to open and view photos and images saved in a large variety of different formats in a fairly simple and immediate way.

In order to open PNG files with IrfanView, the first step you need to take is 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 IrfanView item placed to the side 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.

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Then wait 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 PNG file you want to open and then click You open.

Screenshot showing how to open JPG files

Once this is done, the procedure to open the PNG files with IrfanView is finished and in the program window you should finally be able to view the image correctly.

Screenshot showing how to open PNG files

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).

Preview (OS X)

If you own a Mac and want to understand how to open PNG files, know that the easiest and most immediate way to do this is to contact Preview, the program available as standard on Mac thanks to which you can view and edit images and documents in all the most common formats, including PNG.

In order to open PNG 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 PNG file that you intend to open and then press the button You open.

Then wait a few moments for the procedure to open the PNG files with Preview to be completed and for the file you have selected to be visible on the screen.

Screenshot showing how to open PNG files

If necessary, you can also make quick changes to the PNG file displayed by clicking on 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. You can then save the changes made by closing the Preview window and, if requested, confirming your intention to do so.

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Paintbrush (OS X)

Another solution to open PNG files is to take advantage of 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 PNG 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.

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After opening the PNG file in the Paintbrush window, you can also 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 PNG file, press on the item File attached to the menu bar and then click Save.

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GIMP (Windows / OS X)

Have not all the solutions to open the PNG files that I have indicated to you in the previous lines convinced you? Are you still looking for a program that allows you to do this? Well, in that case I suggest you turn to 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 very expensive Adobe Photoshop. Thanks to this program it is possible to open most of the files that can be viewed with the Adobe software, including the PNG format, and it is possible to improve the appearance of digital photos by carrying out various operations.

To use GIMP to open PNG 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 to start and complete after which double click on the downloaded file to start the installation wizard of the program and follow the instructions on the screen to complete it.

Screenshot showing how to open JPG files

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 PNG file that you intend to open and view.

At this point I would say that we are there! After these steps, the procedure to open PNG files with GIMP is finished and in the program window you should finally be able to view the image without problems.

Screenshot showing how to open PNG files

If in addition to being able to open PNG files you want to use GIMP to perform photo editing operations, I suggest you consult my guide on how to use GIMP in which I explained step by step how to make the most of this program.