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HP PCs - HP File Viewer

This document pertains to select HP PCs with Windows 8
HP File Viewer allows you to view pictures, listen to music, watch videos, and open other files from the hard drive. You can also delete files using HP File Viewer.
Installing HP File Viewer
HP File Viewer comes preinstalled on some HP computers. If HP File Viewer did not come installed on your computer, it is available as a free download on the Microsoft App Store. Follow these steps to download and install HP File Viewer:
  1. On the Start screen, click the Microsoft Store tile or HP File Viewer tile (on select models only).
    Figure : Microsoft Store tile
    Image of the Start screen
  2. Click HP picks in the App Store.
  3. Click HP File Viewer and follow the instructions to install.
Opening HP File Viewer
To open HP File Viewer, click the HP File Viewer tile on the Start screen.
Figure : HP File Viewer icon
Image of the HP File Viewer icon
Using HP File Viewer
The following sections explain how to use HP File Viewer to open files and delete files. You can also add a folder to the main screen to find files not in the Pictures, Music or Video libraries.
Adding a folder to the main screen
By default, HP File Viewer displays the files in the Pictures, Music and Video libraries. You can also add another folder to the HP File Viewer main screen. Follow these steps to add another folder:
  1. Swipe up or right-click an open area of the HP File Viewer main screen.
  2. Click Add Folder from the bottom of the screen.
    Figure : Add Folder
    Image of the Add Folder icon
  3. Click Files to select the type of file or folder you want to add to the File Viewer main screen.
    Figure : Files drop-down menu
    Image of the Files drop-down menu
    • Documents - Add the entire Documents folder or a folder within the Documents folder.
    • Pictures - Add a folder from the Pictures folder.
    • Music - Add a folder from the Music folder.
    • Videos - Add a folder from the Videos folder.
    • Downloads - Add a folder from the Downloads folder.
    • Homegroup - Add a folder another computer in the Homegroup. For more information about Homegroup, refer to the HP Support document Creating a Wireless Home Network.
    • Computer - Add a folder from the computer, a CD or DVD, or an external drive.
    • Network - Add a folder from the network.
  4. Navigate to the folder you want to add to the HP File Viewer main screen. Click Go up to switch between individual folders, your folder libraries, and the desktop.
  5. Click Choose this folder.
    Figure : Choose this folder
    Image of the Choose this folder button
  6. Click OK.
  7. Repeat these steps to add a different folder to the HP File Viewer main screen.
      note:
    Only one additional folder is displayed on the HP File Viewer main screen. If you select a different folder, the current folder is no longer displayed.-
Deleting a file
Follow these steps to delete a file using HP File Viewer:
  note:
Deleting a file using HP File Viewer removes the file from the hard drive. The file cannot be recovered.
  1. Right-click the file you want to delete.
  2. Click Delete from the bottom of the screen.
    Figure : Delete
    Image of the Delete icon
      note:
    Deleting a file using HP File Viewer removes the file from the hard drive. The file cannot be recovered.
  3. Click Yes to delete the file.
Frequently asked questions
Click one of the following sections to find an answer to a frequently asked question about HP File Viewer:

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