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[Windows] How to create custom screensavers and photo or image slideshows with IrfanView

2013-04-04_002122 [1]I’m sure, by now, most dotTechies have heard of IrfanView, a popular freeware image viewer and Windows Photo Viewer alternative we featured in our list of 12 free image viewers on Windows [2]. However, some people may not know IrfanView is not just an image viewer — it can do things beyond displaying images. In this article I want to focus on one particular feature of IrfanView — the ability to create custom screensavers (SCR format — can be used as screensaver in Windows) and image slideshows (EXE format — standalone and can be viewed on any computer, regardless of if IrfanView is installed or not).

HOW TO CREATE CUSTOM SCREENSAVERS OR IMAGE/PHOTO SLIDESHOWS WITH IRFANVIEW

To create custom and standalone screensavers (SCR) or slideshows (EXE), do the following:

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Take note you can also do or ‘Burn slideshow to CD’, if you want to burn slideshow to CD/DVD.

If you outputted as EXE, you can view that slideshow by simply running that EXE. The EXE is standalone so it can be shared with others, who will be able to view the EXE even without IrfanView installed. If you outputted as SCR, you can set that as your screensaver by right-clicking the file -> ‘Install’ and applying it at the Windows screensaver settings that popup. SCR is also standalone, so you can share it with others.

CONCLUSION

Enjoy!