Copy a file from computer to Kindle or smartphone with one click

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Sometimes I have a file on my computer, and it would be a lot more convenient if I could read it on my Kindle.  I like to read before going to sleep, and my Kindle Fire is perfect for that.  So I might download an e-book or some type of PDF file that is of interest, but there it is on my computer and it’s stuck there.  I don’t really want to bring my laptop to bed with me.  Did you know there is a way you can put send documents from your computer to your Kindle with a click of the mouse?  It’s true!  (Thanks to Irene for letting me know about this!)

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To be able to do this, you need to go to the Amazon website and get a little piece of software installed on your computer (it’s free).  For the Windows version go here, and for the Mac version go here.

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Click the “Download Now” button and download the program, then run it to install on your computer.

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It’s pretty simple, because there is just the one button to click: Install.  You will get a notification that the installation is complete.

BUT – when you click “Finish”, there is one final step.  You need to connect this program to your Amazon account.  That is how the software knows which Kindle to send documents to.  You just need to enter your Amazon email address and password.

Now you’re ready to transfer documents to your Kindle!  You actually have 3 different options to make that happen.  Here is how you can do it in Windows:

1. Windows Explorer – for example, if the document is currently in the Documents folder, you would open that folder and locate the file.  Right-click on the document name and choose “Send to Kindle”.  Seriously, could it get any easier than that?

2. Print – your Kindle is now set up as a new virtual printer.  So if you have a document already open, and you want to send it to your Kindle, click as if you want to print the document.  But instead of sending it to your regular printer, choose the “Send to Kindle” printer that has now been added as an option in the list of printers.

3. Drag and Drop – you can click to open the “Send to Kindle” program that you just installed, then drag and drop your document to that window.

These are the file types that you can transfer from computer to Kindle:

  • Microsoft Word (.DOC)
  • Microsoft Word (.DOCX)
  • TXT (.TXT)
  • RTF (.RTF)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (.PDF)

If you have any questions about how to use this great feature from Amazon, they have published a pretty good “Getting Started Guide” that answers lots of questions.  The guide for Windows use is here, and for Mac is here.

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