How to open a snp file

Written by tara cantore
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SNP files are Microsoft Access snapshots. These files include report layouts, text and graphics. You can open an SNP file using the Microsoft Snapshot Viewer application, which is a free product distributed by Microsoft to allow for easy distribution of Access reports without requiring the user to own a copy of the Access database software.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Open your preferred browser, and navigate to the

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    Type "snapshot viewer" in the Search bar at the top of the image, then click "Snapshot Viewer for Microsoft Access" from the list of results.

  3. 3

    Select your language from the drop-down menu, then click "Download." Save the file to your desktop, then double-click to run it.

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    Click "Yes" when asked if you'd like to install the viewer, then review the end-user license agreement. Click "Yes" if you agree. You must accept the agreement to install the software.

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    Click "Continue" to begin the installation, click "OK," then "Complete Install" to begin writing the program's files to the hard drive.

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    Open the Start menu, and type "viewer" in the Search bar. Click "Snapshot Viewer" from the list of results.

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    Click "File," then click "Open."

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    Ensure "*.snp" is listed as the file type in the "Files of type" menu, then navigate to the folder on your computer containing the SNP file.

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    Selcet the file, then click "Open." The SNP file will open.

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