article explains how to use GQ View, a simple image viewing
application. It is very efficient and simple to use. I have
been using this viewer for a long time and I have found no problems
with this application. The software does not have many settings,
so I also suggest this viewer for beginners.
When you start GQ View, the screen is (by default) divided into
The left panel has 2 boxes, the top box displays the
directory structure of your machine and the bottom box displays
the contents of the selected directory.
The right panel is the region where the selected image
Browsing Directories : To reach the directory where files
are stored, use the left panel. The left panel works with single
clicks. So when you click on a directory name in the upper box
it opens that directory and shows its contents in the lower
Viewing Single Images : Once the images that you want
to view are listed in the bottom box on the left panel, click
on any image. This image will be displayed in the right panel.
You can continue doing so for all the images..
Sequential Viewing : To view all the images in a directory
sequentially, first click on the first image to display it in
the right panel. Then press the Spacebar or the Backspace key
to go forward or backwards in the image list. Alternatively
you can use the mouse buttons. The left mouse button to go forward
and the middle button to go backwards in the image list. Remember
to click inside the area where the images are displayed (the
right side panel).
Full Screen mode : For this mode simply press Ctrl F
(when the GQ View window is highlighted). This will show the
currently selected image in Full Screen mode. To go to the next
image press Spacebar. And to see the previous image use the
Windowed Mode (without side panel) : If you want to view
the images only, without the side panel but NOT in Full Screen
mode then click on the Float Control button (the last icon among
the 9 icons that are present just above the directory selection
box). This will make the side panel float . Once a particular
image is displayed. You can click on this button and minimize
the new panel which floats. The original window would be having
the selected image. You can use the keyboard or mouse to view
other images in the same directory. Spacebar / Backspace or
Left / Middle mouse buttons.
Zooming : To zoom in on an image you can click on the
magnifier icon with a + sign and to zoom out on an image you
can click on the adjacent icon with a - sign on it. Sometimes
the image is bigger than your screen and you can see only a
portion of the image. Click on the 7th icon among the 9 icons
(the icon in which 4 arrows point towards the sides of a square)
make the image fit into the current window so that you can see
the whole image at once. (Ofcourse you would be seeing a zoomed
SlideShow : Check the Slideshow option which is simply
excellent. Open the Options window and then select the time
between the change in images (how much time each image should
be on screen). Also select whether you want the slideshow to
proceed in sequential or random manner, and whether you want
the images to be repeated. Close the Options window, save your
settings by pressing Ctlr-S. Then start your slideshow by pressing
S. You can stop the slideshow by pressing S.
Edit->Options Menu has a lot of more features which are very
descriptive in nature. They are very easy to understand. So
I won't explain them over here.
The tips present in this article enable you to use GQ View effectively.
You can explore other options to make maximum use of this excellent