As I said in a previous post, Irfanview can be really handy for doing quick edits of photos or images. I wrote about one way you can look through photos quickly with it.
Another way to do this is with the Irfanview Thumbnail Viewer. The Thumbnail Viewer is a small application that kind of reminds me of Adobe Bridge but it is very quick and easy to use, IMO quicker and easier to use than Adobe Bridge, and can be used free for non-commercial purposes.
An icon to launch the Thumbnail Viewer is placed on your Windows desktop when you install Irfanview, the icon is a picture of a panda. When you want to look through some photos just open up the Thumbnail Viewer and browse to the folder you want to view using the explorer menu on the left.
On the right you will see thumbnails of pictures in the folders you browse through. You can change the size of the thumbnails by going to “Options > Thumbnail options” from the file menu. You can change the thumbnail size to be anything from 50×50 to 800×800.! I use 200×200 for quick viewing just so I can move through pictures fast and try to find the better ones.
If you read my last post about viewing batches of files and set your external editor in Irfanview to be Photoshop or another image app that you use to modify files you can use those settings with the thumbnail viewer. If you find a photo you want to edit click on it and then go to “File > Open with external editor” and your image editor will open with the file that you want to modify ready and waiting.
Check out Irfanview, it is free to try out. I think you will find it easy to use and powerful.