IrfanView is freeware that runs on Windows (XP through 10). When you launch the program, you'll see that the interface is very sparse—confusingly so. Start by choosing File > Open and open an image. Now you can use the arrow keys to move step-by-step through that folder of images.
Press T to view thumbnails and to navigate the folder structure. IrfanView handles a range of image formats including Photoshop PSD files and Adobe's DNG format, and it can convert files from one format to another.
The program includes a rudimentary photo-editor, but you can link to your preferred external editor. You can create a contact sheet of images in a folder, and you can sort images in order by a number of attributes including date, dpi, and aspect ratio. While you can add keywords using Control + I, it's a little cumbersome to do. One handy feature is IrfanView's capability to resize images. For example, if you need a set of images all the same size it's easy to do it as a batch process.
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