Browsing through the folders on your computer you came across one or more files in PNG format and now you would like to understand what it is and, above all, how to open them? Well, it seems fair to me. How do you say? Do you think in this way too and would you like to know if I can help you? Of course yes, do not worry, with today's guide I will in fact explain how to do it open PNG files, be on Windows that of OS X. Don't worry, it's really simple.
Before explaining how to open PNG files, however, it is good that you clear your mind about it. PNG, which stands for Portable Network Graphics, is a file format for storing images. The PNG format is superficially similar to GIF, as it is capable of storing images without losing any information, but it 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 major graphics and navigation programs allow you to create, edit and view files of this type.
Having said that, if you are interested in understanding how to open PNG files, I suggest you take about 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 will be able to tell yourself satisfied and that in case of need you will also be ready and willing 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 way to open PNG files is to double-click on it. In fact, since the files in PNG format can normally be opened using Photo viewer available as standard on all Microsoft operating systems, to access it you just have to click twice in a row on the file icon, nothing else. Very simple, right?
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 consecutively and then wait for the image viewer window to be visible on the screen. Alternatively, you can open PNG files using the standard image viewer available on Windows by right-clicking on the file you want to view and then pressing on the item apri annessa to the menu che ti comes mostrato.
If you are using Windows 10, after having opened the PNG files using the image viewer you can also make simple changes to it and save the changes. 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 you have made the changes press the icon depicting a floppy disk that is shown in the upper part of the image viewer window in order to save and apply the changes. If you are using Windows 8 or a previous version of Windows, after having opened 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.
Another great 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 variety of different formats in a fairly simple and immediate way.
To be able 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 we can immediately connect to the program download web page. Then, press on the IrfanView item located on the side under the wording 32 bit o 64 bit depending on the version of Windows installed on your PC. Then press the button Download Now attached to the new web page displayed and wait for the software download to be started and then completed.
When the download is complete, open the file iviewxxx_setup-exe that has been downloaded to your computer, then start the software installation procedure by clicking on Si and then forward four times in a row. To conclude, press the button Done.
Then wait for the program window to be visible on the desktop and then presses on the item Fillet present in the upper right part of the same, select the item Open ... from the menu that is shown to you, select the PNG format file you want to open and then click apri.
Once this is done, the procedure to open PNG files with IrfanView is finished and in the program window you should finally be able to view the image correctly.
If necessary, you can also use the buttons and commands located in the upper part of the program window to improve the display of the file or to make changes. Using the buttons in the upper part of the IrfanView window you can in fact view the file as a presentation, save the image, print it, copy and paste and increase or decrease the zoom level. By 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 any changes made to the file by pressing the menu Fillet and pi selects the item Save (original folder).
Anteprima (OS X)
If you have a Mac and want to understand how to open PNG files, know that the simplest 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 common formats, including PNG.
To be able to open PNG files with Preview all you have to do is double click on the file icon. Then wait until the Preview window is visible on the OS X desktop. Alternatively, access the Launchpad and click the icon of Preview, wait for the application window to be visible on the screen then select the file in PNG format that you intend to open and then press the button apri.
Then wait a few moments for the procedure by which to open the PNG files with Preview to be completed and for the file you selected to be visible on the screen.
If necessary, you can also make quick changes to the PNG format 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 you intend to use. You can later save your changes by closing the Preview window and, if required, confirming your intention to do so.
Paintbrush (OS X)
Another solution to open PNG files is to take advantage of Paintbrush. If you have never heard of it, know that this is a free application for OS X that closely resembles, both for functionality and for interface, the Paint program available for Windows operating systems.
To be able 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 start and finish after dragging the program icon from the folder Download to that Applications of OS X. Then double click on the program icon and wait for the window of the same to be visible.
Proceed now by going to open PNG files. To do this, he presses on his voice Fillet attached to the menu bar, cycle on Open ..., select the image on your computer that you want to open and then click on the button Open.
After opening the file in PNG format 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. Use the window instead Colors to select and mix the colors you intend to use to modify the image. If you can't see the toolbar press on the item Windows attached to the menu bar and then click Toolbox while if you can't 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 any changes made to the PNG file presses on the item Fillet attached to the menu bar and then click Save.
GIMP (Windows / OS X)
Have all the solutions to open PNG files that I indicated in the previous lines not 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 and one of the best alternatives to the very expensive Adobe Photoshop. Thanks to this program it is possible to open most of the files viewable with the Adobe software, including the PNG format, and it is possible to improve the appearance of digital photos by performing 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 press on the item Download x.x.xx placed at the top and then click on the orange button. Now wait for the software download to start and complete, then double click on the downloaded file to start the program installation wizard and follow the instructions on the screen to complete it.
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, then click on the item Fillet placed in the upper right part of the central window, press on Apri ... and select the PNG format file 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.
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.