I cannot view .png pages in Internet Explorer. I think this problem ends up sounding sort of weird when other people, or I write it out. It's hard to explain what exactly the problem is. People who answer the question think that we want to change the PNG file associations to Windows Explorer or something.
So I will try to make it clear:
This is not a problem with the file type associations in Control Panel. It is not fixed by going into "Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set Default Programs", or by going into "Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set Associations", and it is not fixed by disabling add-ons in Windows Explorer. I do not want Internet Explorer to be the default program associated PNG files. PNG files are associated with Paint on my computer, and that's how I want them to stay. All I want is to be able to view .png webpages in Internet Explorer.
Again, the problem is that I can't view .png pages while on Internet Explorer. I can view PNG images if they are on a webpage. But if I click on a link that leads to PNG image (for example: http://www.website.com/pictures/image.png), then a window opens up asking "What do you want to do with image.png?" with options "Open - The file won't be saved automatically.", "Save", or "Save as". This, of course, opens the image in MS Paint, rather than taking me to the page in Internet Explorer. I don't have this problem with JPG files. If I click on a link that leads me to a JPG image (for example: http://www.website.com/pictures/image.jpg), then I can access a webpage within Internet Explorer, with the image aligned to left side, and the ability to enlarge the size, and so on. I have been able to do this with PNG files in the past. I don't know what's gone wrong.
I first noticed the problem when I clicked on a link to a PNG image, but the file association within IE was Quicktime. I could get to the .png page in IE, but the image was centered in the middle of the window, and it was stuck in a "fit to screen" setting, so that I couldn't enlarge it, even though I had viewed the image in the past, and I knew it to be much, much larger. In other cases, .png pages simply failed to load, showing the "Broken" Quicktime image. I tried fix the issue by using these two options in Control Panel: "Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set Default Programs", and "Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set Associations", but in both cases, PNG files were associated with Paint, which was what I wanted. I tried to disable the Quicktime add-on, but when I did that and tried to go to the .png page, all I would get was a small box with a red "X" in it (a broken image link, or whatever it's called). So uninstalled Quicktime entirely.
Now IE won't even let me view .png pages, I am simply prompted to download the images.
Please help me fix this here. I don't think this has to do with Quicktime, or if it does, I don't think any Apple help sites will help me. They don't understand why you would ever use Internet Explorer or a PC or anything, and they always say it's the PC's fault, and definitely could not be an issue caused by Apple software. I need help here!
Thank you for reading my long explanation! I hope I made my issue very clear so it is easier to answer. I am frankly stumped.
You already rock for reading this far!
EDIT: I have noticed that sometimes PNG images take a longer time to display as a webpage is loading.
EDIT 2: The problem is fixed if I turn on Compatibility View. Compatibility View fixes the problem whether QuickTime is installed or not. However, since this problem happens on all websites I have visited (and has not happened in the past with IE9), and since Compatibility View has many drawbacks, my problem isn't solved. But I hope this helps give a clue to the cause.