Image previewWouldn’t it be nice if you could see a larger preview of an image without having to actually open the photo? That’s exactly what FastPreview does, and it does a pretty awesome job of it. All you have to do is right-click on the image file and a larger preview will be shown right there in the context menu.

That’s not all it does either. Here are some of the features the developer highlights:

  • Fast Viewer – Showing the image including different scaling types and JPEG rotations
    • Images are scaled to fit the screen when opened
    • Lots of supported file types
  • Shell integration – Integrates into File Context Menus
    • Configurable dimensions of the preview
  • Shell integration – Integrates into File Properties Pages showing:
    • Adobe eXtensible Metadata Language (XMP) information
    • Exif Camera/Image information
    • IPTC Media information

It’s nice being able to adjust the preview size, but using a significantly larger preview will mean that the menu is a little harder to navigate. The good news is that this preview only shows up for image files so you won’t always lose that valuable space.

FastPreview Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)
via AddictiveTips