How to change Background Color of Windows Photo Viewer

Windows Photo Viewer is one of the most beautiful image viewers for Windows PC. Windows Photo Viewer is popular because of simplicity and neat & clean UI. If you are using Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, you can easily use Windows Photo Viewer to open standard images. If you are using Windows 10, you can still get Windows Photo Viewer using a registry tweak, which we will cover soon.

By default, Windows Photo Viewer comes with a whitish (color code #eef3fa) background. If you often make logos or other images with transparent backgrounds or transparency, you can face problems while checking the image in Windows Photo Viewer, while differentiating the color of Windows Photo Viewer’s background and transparency.

Therefore, if you want to change the background color of Windows Photo Viewer, you can follow this guide. It is possible to set any color according to your requirement.

Windows Photo Viewer Change Background Color

This will be done using the Registry Editor. As usual, you should backup your registry file using this guide. This is also recommended to create a system restore point before making change in registry file.

Now, open Registry Editor. For that, press Win + R, type regedit and hit enter. Click on the Yes button on the UAC popup. Following that, go through the following path,

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Photo Viewer\Viewer

Here you will get only one file. Make another DWORD (32-bit) value on your right side. For that, right click on empty area, select New and DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Change Background Color of Windows Photo Viewer

Name it BackgroundColor. After that, double click on this value and set a color. To add color, you must have to use HEX code with ff. For instance, if you want to set black as background color, just enter this,


You can choose any color you want. You can head over to this site to choose a color.

After setting up the color, just close the current window of Windows Photo Viewer and open it again to get the change. No restart is required.

How to Change Background Color of Windows Photo Viewer

Hope you find this tutorial useful.

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