Some users might not be familiar with the WebP file format. For your information, WebP is a new image format just like JPG and PNG. This file format was introduced by Google to be used mainly for the web. WebP images are claimed to be 25-34% lesser in size without compromising their quality and resolution. The WebP image format is supported by the most popular web browsers, including Chrome, Opera, Firefox, etc.
Although most modern web browsers support WebP images, you might find it difficult to open them when you download and save them on your Windows 11 or 10 PCs.
In this gearupwindows article, you will learn several ways to open WebP Images on Windows 11 or 10.
How to Open WebP Image on Windows 11 or 10 with Photos App?
To open WebP images on Windows 11 or 10 with the Photos app, use these steps:-
Step 1. First, open Control Panel.
Step 2. Then, click Appearance and Personalization.
Step 3. Next, click File Explorer Options.
Step 4. When the “File Explorer Options” dialog opens, switch to the View tab.
Step 5. Uncheck the checkbox “Hide extensions for known file types.”
Step 6. Click Apply button.
Step 7. Click the OK button.
Step 8. Now, open File Explorer (Windows + E keyboard shortcut) and navigate to the .webp file you want to view.
Step 9. Right-click on it and select Rename.
Step 10. Replace the extension .webp with .jpg or .png. When you’re prompted to change the file extension, click the Yes button.
Step 11. Finally, right-click on the image and select Open with > Photos.
Now, the image will open in the Photos app.
How to Open and Convert WebP Images to JPG or PNG on Windows 11 or 10 with Paint?
The previous method looks complicated and takes a long time. So, you can use the Paint app to open and convert the WebP image into other formats such as JPG or PNG. Once you convert the WebP image into JPG or PNG, you can view your image with any image viewer software.
To open and convert WebP image to JPG or PNG on Windows 11 or 10 using Paint tool, use these steps:-
Step 1. Right-click on the WebP image and select Open with > Paint.
Step 2. Once done, the WebP image will open in the Paint app.
Step 3. Click on the File menu and select Save as option.
Alternatively, press Ctrl + S keyboard shortcut to open the “Save as” dialog.
Step 4. Select an image format in the context menu, such as PNG, JPEG, BMP, or GIF.
Step 5. Finally, click on the Save button.
Once you complete the above steps, the WebP image will be saved in the same folder where the original image exists with a different extension. For example, if you have chosen PNG format, it will be saved with a “.png” extension.
In conclusion, WebP is a new image format that was introduced by Google mainly for the web. It provides a significant reduction in file size while maintaining the quality and resolution of the image. Although it is supported by popular web browsers, some users may find it difficult to open WebP images on Windows 11 or 10 PCs. This article provided two methods to open and view WebP images on Windows 11 or 10: using the Photos app or using the Paint tool to convert the image to JPG or PNG format. By following the simple steps mentioned above, users can easily view and convert WebP images on their Windows PCs.