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How to Change the Background Color of the Windows Photo Viewer


Have you ever wondered why the background color in the Windows Photo Viewer is white? Well after some thinking of our own, we thought it would be nice to show you guys how to change it. Read on to find out more.

Changing the Background Color of the Windows Photo Viewer

Press Windows + R keyboard combination to open the run box, then type regedit and press enter.


Once the Registry Editor has opened, navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software\Microsoft\Windows Photo Viewer\Viewer

Note: If you are using a 32Bit version of Windows, you may or may not have this key. If you don’t you can simply create it by right clicking and choosing new and then key from the context menu.


Now you will need to right click on any of the white space and create a new DWORD (32Bit) Value.


Call the new value:



Now double click on the value so we can edit it. In order to change the color, we have to specify a color in hexadecimal. That means you will need to type “FF”” followed by your colors hex value.


Note: You can get any colors hex value from a site like ColorPicker.


Once you have done that click OK and go and open up a picture.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/12/12

Comments (9)

  1. guiie

    Love this kind of stuff. Really simple and useful!

  2. tim

    Whoa. Nice tip, thanks.

  3. tim

    ^works in win7 too

  4. Kirk

    This stuff is fun and useful to boot. Keep it up. You guys are the best.

  5. Wolf

    Does not work in Vista 32bit.

  6. Mike

    Works for Photo Viewer Win7x64, but how about a fix for ‘Live Photo’?

  7. Archives

    You are the best!

  8. Gaurav

    Or just use Winaero’s excellent Photo Viewer Background Changer. :)

  9. Mage


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