Main Window

Starting ABBYY Hot Folder opens the feature’s main window. Use the buttons on the toolbar to set up, copy, delete, and start folder processing tasks. You can also view detailed reports for each folder.

Finereader hfmainwindow Main Window

To create a new task, click the New button on the toolbar. The ABBYY Hot Folder Wizard will guide you through setting up a hot folder.

Finereader listpicture Main Window For details, see Creating a Task.


  • By default, task files are stored in %Userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\ABBYY\HotFolder\10.00.
    (In Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7 in %Userprofile%\AppData\Local\ABBYY\HotFolder\10.00).
  • The results will be saved to the folder you specified when setting up the task. In some cases, to prevent the loss of already processed files, the program will create a subfolder in the specified folder and save the subsequent recognition results to this subfolder. The subfolder will be named as follows:
    1. Hot Folder DD.MM.YYYY HH-MM-SS
      A subfolder with this name is created when you re-run a task.
    2. File name(NUMBER)
      A subfolder with this name is created if a file with a particular name already exists in the folder you specified.

To see messages notifying you that tasks have been completed, click Finereader hfnotify Main Window on the toolbar.
A notification message will be displayed in a pop-up window above the Windows taskbar.

The ABBYY Hot Folder main window displays a list of set-up tasks. For each task, the full path to the corresponding hot folder is displayed, together with its current status and the scheduled processing time.

Tasks may have the following statuses:

Status Description
Finereader hfstatusesprocessing Main Window Running The images in the folder are being processed.
Finereader hfstatuseswaiting Main Window Waiting Waiting for the previous task to finish.
Finereader hfstatusesone time proc Main Window Scheduled You chose to check the hot folder for images only once at start time. The start time is indicated in the Next Start Time column.
Finereader hfstatusescontinuous proc Main Window Watching ABBYY FineReader will process images in this folder as they come in.
Finereader hfstatusespaused Main Window Stopped Processing has been stopped by the user.
Finereader hfstatusescompleted Main Window Completed Finished processing images in this folder.
Finereader hfstatusesfailed Main Window Error An error occurred when processing images in this folder. ABBYY FineReader did not complete the processing tasks. To find out the cause of the error, select the failed folder and click the View Log button on the toolbar.

You can save any task for future use:

  1. On the toolbar, click Finereader hfexport Main Window.
  2. Specify the name of the task and the path to the task.
  3. Click Save.

To load a previously saved task:

  1. On the toolbar, click Finereader hfimport Main Window.
  2. Select the desired task and click Open.

Main Window