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Initial post: Jan 1, 2012 5:39:29 PM PST
Eugene C. Lo says:
How do I locate a file on the Kindle Fire after I have downloaded it from the Internet? For example, Word docs or Pdf docs? I know they show up on the downloaded list but is this the only way to access them? Is there any way to put a downloaded file (e.g. Pdf ebook) on the carousel to make it easier to return quickly to reading it?
Sorry to digress into a rant but why is such a simple, common task like locating downloaded files so non-intuitive and/or non-existent? Or is this just something to put up with in a $200 tablet?
I am no Apple fetishist (only own an older iPod touch) but the more I use my Kindle, the more I either gravitate back to my iPod or wish I own an iPad, simply for the elegantly simple user interface.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 6:04:50 PM PST
I use file expert from the app store.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2012 6:31:52 PM PST
Q says:
I use either ES File Explorer app or ASTRO app, both from the Amazon Kindle appstore.

BTW, from within Silk (Web) browser, tap the screen and the bottom bar pops up. Tap the Menu icon (3-side square w/ 3 horizontal lines).

Then select "Downloads". It shows the contents of the /Downloads folder. You can launch it from there too.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 8:58:55 PM PST
Eugene C. Lo says:
Thank you for the suggestions. Will check out your recommendations in the app store.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:04:34 PM PST
Go to a web page...then hit the menu key and then go to downloads

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 7:18:26 AM PST
Papa Behr says:
The best way - thanks Michell's!!

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 10:04:23 PM PDT
Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special OffersSame issues. Plus I can't even use the WiFi at my university because it requires the xpressconnect app. Kindle only uses Amazon apps and it does not have it plus I can't download it from google play. I'm really annoyed with this Kindle Fire HD.

Posted on Sep 28, 2013 2:46:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2013 2:48:09 PM PDT
cameramike says:
Not on the menu on my fire HD.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 9:48:03 PM PDT
htw says:
Not on my menu either. Any more suggestions?

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 12:40:09 PM PDT
M. Goldberg says:
Not on my menu either...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 12:45:56 PM PDT
❤ Ann says:
Try the menu icon (3 lines) to the left of the browser tabs.

There's an image on the help page here (for the HD1, other models should be similar) -

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 6:37:54 PM PDT
Mrs L Bug says:
Thank you it worked! This gadget is so smart! Your jump site was a big help. I keep forgetting that you can "swipe" for menus.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2013 4:14:22 AM PDT
Catherine says:
THIS WORKED!!!! Thank you so much!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2013 7:00:05 PM PST
Ben says:
Ann! Thank you! So easy so simple... Appreciate it Happy Holidays!

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 10:02:31 AM PST
Thanks Ann! Also, I do have to add that I agree with the sentiment of the original post: why is certain functionality so buried. iPad is easier to use. Strangely enough, any app/functionality that includes spending money on Amazon works brilliantly on kindle. Downloading content from outside the Amazon ecosystem is difficult though - weird

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 10:06:56 PM PST
Julius Gomez says:
Okay so I bought a book for my kindle on the internet but I cant figure out how to download it to my kindle at all. I cant even figure out how to download it to my computer it just goes to cloud reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2014 11:09:17 PM PST
Julius: I assume that you bought the book from Amazon. Try these steps one at a time until the book shows up:

1. Turn on the Kindle's wireless, and then do a Sync and Check for New Items (open the Settings menu to find that).

2. Look in your Cloud/Archives and see if it's there - if so click on it, and it will download to the Home screen.

3. Go to your 'Manage Your Kindle' page, and send the book from there. - First, click on 'Your Cloud Library' along the top. Find the book and click on it to select it. Then above the list of books, click the 'Deliver to my...' button. Be sure to select the correct Kindle device from the dropdown menu. Then start again at step #1.

4. Reboot your Kindle (hold power button in the ON position for 30 seconds), then start at step 1.

4A. DO NOT do this step if you have a Kindle Fire - De-register, then re-register if you have an e-ink kindle, and then start at step 1.

5. Try to send it to your Kindle via USB cable ( ).

6. Contact Customer Support. Use the large orange Contact Us button to the right to contact Amazon Kindle CS and talk with them about it - use the live chat or the call back feature if you can, not email. If you can't see a Contact Us button on this page, then go to and contact CS. I advise using Live Chat or the Call Me Back feature and not email, as they will have your account details available to them immediately when you talk with them.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2014 12:24:11 PM PDT
Wendy Ryle says:
I was confused because the "three lines" at the bottom of the screen offers "share Page," "Add Bookmark," "Find in Page," and Request Another View." Nothing that says "Documents."

After you said "3 lines to the left of the browser tabs," I clicked on it and found the Documents. Most easily explained: Look in the upper left corner of the Kindle. Underneath "_____'s Kindle" are the three horizontal lines. Click on that and the Documents menu will come up.

Thanks, Ann! Frustrations finally over!

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2014 9:30:51 AM PDT
connie says:
not on my menu either. When I first got the Kindle I saw some files - but haven't figured out how or where.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2014 9:34:28 AM PDT
connie says:
Perfect! Finally got my app installed - thanks

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2014 9:50:16 AM PDT
connie says:
Go to any web page, tap the 3 bars at top left, tap downloads.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 4:52:48 AM PDT
sandi farley says:
Still can't get it to work. Can see the files in downloads but can't open them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2014 5:46:24 AM PDT
You should be able to just tap on them, and they'll load. You probably need to contact Customer Service.

But you could try deleting them and redownloading; maybe they didn't load all the way.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 7:49:07 PM PDT
Laura Meyer says:
I can't find my downloads or menu icon. I downloaded an ebook from the
Author and it says it has been downloaded, can't find where they keep th. Please help. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 7:51:15 PM PDT
Laura Meyer says:
Where do I find the menu key?
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