If the Windows Photo Viewer the navigation buttons (previous and next) or left and right arrows, and the slideshow button don’t work, this post tells you why this happens and how to fix the problem.
This problem may be caused due to one of the following reasons:
- There is only one file in that folder.
- If there are more than one image file in that folder, the image files may have the “hidden” attribute set.
- Windows Photo Viewer file association settings are incorrect (most likely cause).
In addition, the slideshow may not work — shows that single image only, although the slideshow button is enabled in Windows Photo Viewer. However, starting the slideshow from File Explorer’s Manage tab may work fine.
From what we’ve seen in vast majority of the cases, #3 above is the usual root-cause. And in that case, the fix is to register the Windows Photo Viewer correctly, as in article How to Restore Missing Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10.
After applying the registry fix in that article, the previous and next (and Slideshow) buttons, or left and right arrows should work fine, even if the image files are hidden or located in a network drive.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.