I have tried to see where I can open the hdr files but could not find anywhere.

I want to open and view the 360 degrees hdr in blender. How does one accomplish this?

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    $\begingroup$ Are you trying to open the image in the image editor or to see it spherically projected in the background of your scene? $\endgroup$
    – Carlo
    Jun 3 '17 at 23:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Duarte Is your version 2.78, that's what I'm using and I dont have the same view as your illustration. Thanks again. $\endgroup$ Jun 4 '17 at 6:04
  • $\begingroup$ I mean I don't have "surface" under "custom properties". $\endgroup$ Jun 4 '17 at 6:18
  • $\begingroup$ How do I know that @Duarte will look at this again? I have no way of contacting him! Nothing for that even on his profile. $\endgroup$ Jun 5 '17 at 2:43
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry @Duarte, I forgot the Cycles renderer! And thank you, I did it! $\endgroup$ Jun 5 '17 at 7:27

Blender is not an image viewer application, you can't just use Blender to directly open image files from File > Open

You also can't just "view" images directly nor can you expect it to just open a spherical image as display it as a panorama viewer.

You can however use the builtin UV Image Editor to view regular images and use a workaround to view spherical 360 panoramas.

Starting a few versions ago Blender added support for world preview as viewport background. As a workaround you can use that as sort of a spherical image viewer. It will be obscured by the 3D View interface (grids, cursor and objects), but serves as a basic viewer.

With Cycles as your current render engine create a new World datablock from the Properties Window. Add a new Environment texture to its color input.

Pick the Open image button and browse your file system to the desired image file (JPG, PNG, or HDR formats).

Pick the image then in the Properties Shelf over the 3D View (N key) under View tab activate the World Background option if disabled.

You should now be able to use the 3D Viewport as a basic spherical 360 panorama viewer.

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    $\begingroup$ To disable grid, cursor, empties etc from showing enable Only Render option in the same Display scroll. It will disable any (including mesh) objects as well if they are set as non-renderable. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Jun 4 '17 at 9:44

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