Chapter 6. Music, Media, and Video

Windows 8 was built for a media-centric world, where digital video, music, and photos are part of daily life. For the most part, the media apps built into Windows 8 are simple and easy to use. But that doesn’t mean Windows 8 isn’t hackable when it comes to media. In this chapter, you’ll find plenty of ways to hack away at it.

Hack #55. Open Graphic Files In Photo Viewer Instead of the Windows 8 Native Photos App

Prefer the old favorite Desktop app Windows Photo Viewer over the Windows 8 native Photos app? Here’s how to make sure your pictures and graphics open to the Desktop app, not the Windows 8 one.

Windows 8 native apps are not to everyone’s liking, and for good reason. As a general rule they’re pretty to look at, but not always so pretty to use, because they offer only the most basic capabilities.

That’s certainly the case with the Windows 8 Photos app. Essentially, it lets you look at photos stored on your computer, and that’s about it. A much better bet is to use the older, but much more useful, Desktop-based Photo Viewer, which has many more features than the Windows 8 native Photos app.

But there’s a problem: if you double-click a photo or graphics file using File Explorer, Windows 8 opens it in the Photos app rather than Photo Viewer. Luckily, there’s a simple way to solve the problem. You can tell File Explorer to open the Photo Viewer rather than the Photos app.

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