Bridge has no option to open files with Windows Photo Viewer, and in Preferences will not accept the DLL path as a valid app to open files with - Opens PNG files with WPV though, but not BMP!

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actually WANT my BMPs to open with Windows Photo Viewer, but they don't For some reason PNG files DO open with Windows Photo Viewer by default in Bridge, but BMPs open with Photoshop.

The time to load photoshop is like loading a cannon to shoot a goldfish oftentimes when I just want to look at a picture quickly rather than edit it, sooo, I was wondering is there any way to change items TO use Windows Photo Viewer, since it's not listed as an option for anything but PNG?

Of course, in the File Associations setting of Preferances, you can Browse for a new program to add, but it doesn't like the input of %SystemRoot%\System32\rundll32.exe "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll", ImageView_Fullscreen %1 (where %1 is the filename) which is what Windows uses normally to open Windows Photo Viewer since it's part of a DLL rather than a separate program...According to a google of windows photo viewer location

.... Yet, of course Bridge opens PNG files for me with Windows Photo Viewer, so there must be some way to add the option manually for BMP somehow if I can copy whatever set up it's using to open PNG files with it?

I can change windows settings easy and already have both bmp and png set to open in windows photo viewer, the problem is the Bridge FIle Association Preferences, I couldn't set it myself despite knowing the DLL path for the Windows app in my post! Because Bridge refuses to recognise it as a valid input for a program location...

This is pretty basic stuff and it seems bad design for a program designed to make it easier to browse multiple files in windows that if PNG opens in windows photo viewer then BMP doesn't, that's bad enough, but not evn being able to change the setting is just ridiculous - for a pretty damn large program you'd think they would have made even a tiny bit of effort to make sure Windows Photo Viewer was listed as an option, I wonder if they even used it on a real computer or just a Tomy 4Kids Play Computer (aka mac)...
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To add more 'funny' to this (I'm not laughing), it seems the server has an error every time I try to edit my post here, maybe writing an actual grown-up email length message instead of twitter length breaks it.