How to Transfer Files from Computer to NOOK Tablet - dummies

How to Transfer Files from Computer to NOOK Tablet

By Corey Sandler

The NOOK Tablet allows you to host many file types in its storage space. You want to make sure the files are in the right format, then you are able to transfer them through a USB connection from your computer to your NOOK Tablet for viewing.

Prepare files for the NOOK Tablet

What if you have files on your desktop or laptop computer that you want to use on your NOOK Tablet, but the files are stored in the wrong format? In most cases, you can use a program or utility on your computer to convert the files to a compatible format.

For example, any file you can open in Microsoft Office can be saved in one of the formats that the NOOK can display; just use the Save As command and select the proper format. The same process can be used to convert photos or drawings to JPG format, using a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, or a Macintosh image editor.

When you process an image for the NOOK Tablet, consider resizing it. Set the image to about 4 x 6 inches. The resolution can be set at 72 or 96 dpi. Choose Save As, select JPG, and type a new name. That way you don’t lose the original larger, higher-resolution file.

How to transfer files to NOOK Tablet

To transfer files from your personal computer to your NOOK Tablet, do this:

  1. Turn on your Windows-based or Macintosh personal computer.

    Allow it to fully get ready.

  2. Turn on your NOOK Tablet.

    It’s faster to the starting line than a big computer, but then again, it’s not a big computer.

  3. Connect the small end of the USB cable that came with your NOOK to the Tablet.

  4. Connect the larger end of the USB cable to a USB port on your personal computer.

    After a few moments, your computer should say it has detected a new disk drive. Depending on your computer, the drive may show up as MyNOOK, or it may just be an extra drive. There will be a second entry for the microSD/SDHC memory slot. If your computer has one internal hard drive plus a CD/DVD drive, the NOOK may show up as Removable Disk E: and Removable Drive F:.

    Some Windows computers may ask if you want to install a driver for a NOOK device. Click Cancel to close this dialog box.

  5. On your computer, click the NOOK drive to open it.

  6. Click My Files to open that subfolder.

  7. Drag and drop files from the computer to the right subfolder.

    Here are the folders on the NOOK Tablet:

    • Books

    • Documents

    • Magazines

    • Music

    • My Downloads

    • Newspapers

    • NOOK Kids Recordings

    • Pictures

    • Videos

    • Wallpapers

In most cases, it doesn’t matter where you place a particular type of file because the NOOK Tablet will sort it out for you. Files in picture format will appear in the gallery; videos will appear in the video player. But it does make your NOOK Tablet nicely organized.

And one more thing: You can create your own folder on the tablet, using the Make Folder (or equivalent) command on your computer, and use it to store files of your choice.