Even though Windows 11 comes with an in-built image viewing app called Photos and it is pretty good both the image file support and user interface, it takes some time to load the images. If you compare it with third-party image viewers like IrfanView or XnView MP, you will instantly notice a huge difference in terms of performance and loading times.
If you want to able to quickly view the images on your Windows PC, then you can try another third-party application called Pineapple Pictures. It is a minimalist image viewer for JPEG, PNG, GIF, SVG, PSD, KRA, XCF, TGA, and AVIF formats. It is available for Windows, macOS and Linux.
The Pineapple Pictures loads pictures within a few milliseconds even on the slowest of the computers. It has been designed to be fast and it uses only a fragment of the total system resources. This image viewer offers a special always-stay-on-top feature that allows you to pin the program window to any place on the screen.
With this feature, we can view the graphics and use other programs at the same time. This feature can be very useful when you are writing about some picture, for example, describing a plant or flower by looking at its picture.
The image viewer is very fast and loads almost every image instantly. On the main screen, when displaying photos, it displays only a few basic options with which we can set the size of the image, switch it to full screen, enlarge or reduce the photo or block the ability to move the entire application on the screen.
In the settings of the Pineapple Pictures image viewer we can change what it does when we right-click, double-click, or use the mouse-wheel. We can also choose whether the image viewer is used in maximized state or it adopts the size of the image being loaded.
You can download Pineapple Pictures from https://github.com/BLumia/pineapple-pictures.