How to Convert Files

By now, due to your work, you are used to manipulating files of the most disparate types and, in the last period, you are asked to convert them into different formats, so as to allow legitimate recipients to be able to view them without necessarily having to download specific software. The problem, however, is that you do not always have the appropriate converter at hand and that, irremediably, you end up spending a lot of time looking for one suitable for the need of the moment.

If you find yourself in this situation, then this is the right place for you! In fact, below I will take care to explain how to convert from one format to another, either by using a universal converter (which can therefore be used to convert any type of file into another) or by using some software dedicated to specific purposes.

Before going on, however, I would like to make you a clarification that I think is more than necessary: ​​in some cases, the conversion between files of different nature could involve some small defect in the final rendering phase, due to the difference in the production formats. Keep this in mind before you even do anything!

Universal Converters

If you often deal with files in various formats and need to convert them in various ways, the advice I would like to give you is to use a universal converter, Such as CloudConvert. If you hadn't heard of it, this free online platform allows you to act on a wide range of files in various formats, making almost instant conversions in a couple of clicks.

To use it, connected to the main page of the service and, using the drop-down menus next to the items convert e toselect il source format of the file (e.g. txt) and the target format (e.g. PDF). Once this is done, press the button select file and, using the proposed panel, select the content on which to convert.

If you wish, by clicking on freccetta verse il basso located next to the aforementioned button, you can also indicate whether to withdraw the document from a web address (by URL), gives Google DrivedropboxOneDrive. In the latter cases, you will be asked to log into your personal cloud space. If you need to convert multiple files at once, click on the button Add more files and repeat the same steps seen above.

Once the file has been uploaded, the drop-down menu Convert to it should already be on the conversion option chosen earlier (otherwise set it by hand); if applicable, you can change the specific settings of the format (eg. quality, resolution, compression engine and so on), by clicking on the button in the shape of wrench.

Once the necessary adjustments have been made, click on the button Convert, to start the conversion process (which should take a few seconds, but varies according to the number of uploaded files, source and destination extensions). When the conversion is completed, next to each element, you should see a button indicating the wording Download: to download the file to your computer, all you have to do is press the button in question.

If, for some reason, CloudConvert hasn't met your expectations, you can consider using other online converters that work quite similarly, such as Convertio, Online ConvertDocsPal, of which I told you in my guide dedicated to online converters.

How to Convert Files to PDF

If you need a specific tool that allows you to convert files to PDF in the simplest and fastest way possible, you can evaluate the use of some of the solutions that I am going to explain to you below.

How to Convert Word Files to PDF

If the document to act on is in Word (therefore with extension .doc o . Docx), you can quickly convert it to PDF using the text editor you made it with, what it could be Microsoft Word or LibreOffice Writer. Below I'll explain how to do it.

  • Microsoft Word (Windows / macOS) - start the program, click on the button apri and, using the proposed screen, select the document to convert to PDF. When you opened it, if you use Windows click on the tab Fillet, select the voice Export, premium pulsating Create PDF / XPS and proceed with saving the converted file using the screen that is proposed to you. If, on the other hand, you use MacOS, you can convert the file by going to the menu File> Save with nome and setting the drop-down menu File format su PDF.
  • LibreOffice Writer (Windows/macOS/Linux) - after starting LibreOffice, open the program Writer and use the menu File> Open to view the file of your interest. After that, open the menu again Fillet, select the items Export As> Export to PDF ... and, after making the necessary adjustments, click on the button Export and proceed with saving the file, using the proposed screen.

If, on the other hand, you need to convert the file using smartphone o tablet, I recommend that you use a specific online service for the purpose, such as the one offered by SmallPDF: after connecting to its main page, tap the button PDF converter, award bottone Choose file and, using the proposed screen, select the documento Word to convert (after having granted, if necessary, access permissions to the device memory).

If everything went smoothly, after a few moments, the chosen document should be converted to PDF format: at this point, you can download it to the device memory by touching the button Download the File; share it via email or link, by pressing the button Share File, or upload it to dropboxGoogle Driveby pressing on the appropriate options.

To learn more, I invite you to take a look at my guide on how to turn a Word file into PDF.

How to Convert JPG Files to PDF

Convertire file JPG to PDF it is not at all difficult and, in most cases, does not involve the use of third-party programs: in fact, it is sufficient to use the print to PDF integrated in the Windows 10 and macOS operating systems and the “standard” software used for printing / managing images.

If you have an older version of Windows, such as Windows 8.1, you may need to "manually" install a virtual PDF printer, such as doPDF: if this is your case, you can remedy the problem by following the steps I indicated in my guide to virtual PDF printers.

In any case, to carry out the conversion, follow the procedure that best suits the operating system you are using.

  • Windows - locate the file JPG inside theFile Explorer Windows (the gialla poster located in the system tray), right-click on its icon and select the item Modification from the contextual menu proposed, in order to open the file with the Paint tool. Alternatively, you can open the image in any other program to view photos. Now, click on the menu Fillet, choose the option of Print and select il PDF printer name virtual reality you have, for example Microsoft Print to PDF. Per concludere, premium pulsating Print and, using the next window, choose the path to save the converted PDF file.
  • MacOS - locate the file JPG on which to act within the Finder, right click on its icon and click on the items Open with> Preview from the context menu that is proposed to you. If the image of your interest resides in the application Photos, right click on its preview and choose options Edit with> Preview from the proposed context menu. The game is practically done: now go to the menu File> Print ... Preview (or press the key combination cmd + p), click the down arrow located next to the drop-down menu PDF (bottom left) and select the item Save to PDF. Finally, specify a name to assign to the file, choose the folder save using the drop-down menu located in and, when done, click on the button Save to convert the file. The same steps can also be easily replicated in other software to view photos other than Preview (just call up the option of print from the menu Fillet).

If instead you are acting as a smartphone or tablet, I suggest you refer to the portal SmallPDF, which I told you about in the immediately preceding section of this guide, taking care to select the option on the home page JPG to PDF.

For further information, please take a look at my tutorial on how to transform JPEG to PDF.

How to Convert XML Files to PDF

If needed, you can take advantage of the virtual PDF printer system for convert XML file to PDF. You ask me how to do it? I'll explain it to you right away. To begin, open the XML file of your interest using one of the programs compatible with this format (e.g. the browserWordPad / Notepad on Windows, TextEdit on macOS and so on), right-clicking on its preview and selecting the items Open with> [program name] from the proposed context menu.

Once this is done, access the function of Print integrated into the program, using the menu provided by it or using key combinations Ctrl + P (your Windows) or cmd + p (on macOS). Arrived at the program print screen, if you employ Windows, locate the drop-down menu for your printer and set it to the item Microsoft Print to PDF (or on name of the virtual printer), if you are on Windows, then click on the button Print and select the folder to save the converted file.

If, on the other hand, you use MacOS, click the drop-down menu PDF at the bottom left, select the item Save as PDF from the latter and use the next panel to specify the name of the converted file and the position rescue. If you need to convert an XML file to PDF from smartphone e tablet, I recommend that you once again rely on SmallPDF.

Finally, if you need to print an XML file containing an electronic invoice or a document received from the Revenue Agency, you can act, respectively, through the program AssoInvoice or site of the Public Administration previously mentioned: to find out more, I invite you to read my guide on how to convert an XML file to PDF, in which I also dealt with more "advanced" cases such as those mentioned above.

How to Convert Audio Files to MP3

One of the most valuable tools you can use for convertire file audio into MP3 è Audacity: if you have never heard of it, it is a free and open source audio editor, compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux, which allows, among other things, to convert music files into different formats.

To obtain it, connect to this website and click on the link that best suits your operating system (eg. Audacity Windows Installer) to obtain the program installation package; when the download is complete, start the file obtained previously and, if you use Windows, click in sequence on the buttons YesOKforward (four consecutive times), Installforwardend to conclude the setup.

If, on the other hand, you use MacOS, trascina l 'icon Audacity in the folder Applications the Mac, go to the latter, right-click the newly copied and awards on apri for two consecutive times, in order to circumvent the restrictions imposed by Apple on non-certified developers.

After starting Audacity, click on the button OK to view the initial screen of the software, go to the menu File> Import> Audio ... and select the audio file you want to convert to MP3. Once you have completed the opening of the song, go to the menu File> Export> Export as MP3 ... and specify, in the window that opens, the name of the converted file and the position in which to save it.

If necessary, before completing the export, you can also adjust the quality of the resulting file, its bitrate and other settings, using the menus and buttons offered. Finally, press the button Save And that's it.

Note: although Audacity, by default, is compatible with a large number of audio files, you can further "expand" compatibility by installing the package FFmpeg, available on this page for both Windows and macOS.

If you feel that Audacity is not for you, you can resort to the use of alternative programs, such as VLC Media Player, or online services such as Media.io: I told you about these and other solutions in my article dedicated to the best MP3 converters.

How to Convert Opus Files to MP3

If, for some reason, Audacity or other solutions fail to convertire file Opus in MP3 correctly, you can use the online service Convertio: After connecting to its dedicated main page, make sure the conversion option selected is from OPUSMP3, otherwise do it yourself (you can use the drop-down menus at the top).

Pray click on your button Choose files and use the panel that is proposed to you to select the song to convert; if necessary, repeat the same operation with all the other files you intend to convert, by pressing the button Add more files.

Once the upload is complete, you just have to click on the button Converted to see the selected files converted and finally download them by clicking on the button Download which appears in correspondence of each. That's all!

How to Convert PDF to Word Files

Without a shadow of a doubt, the simplest way of convert files from PDF to Word consists in using an online service designed for the purpose: among the many that exist, I would like to advise you DocsPal, a practical service - already mentioned above - that allows you to transform a PDF file into a Word document in just a couple of clicks. However, I want to clarify from the outset that this service has an upload limit of 50 MB at a time and only allows you to convert 5 at a time.

All clear? OK, then let me explain how it works. To start, connected to this website, click on the button KATEGORIEN which is in the box Step 1 and Benefit from support for the proposed panel, select the PDF file to convert. If the file of your interest is online, you can directly indicate the address in the field below the item Enter file URL.

Once upload is complete, use the drop-down menu Convert to located in correspondence of the box Step 2 to choose the option DOCX – Microsoft Word 2007 Document (Or DOC – Microsoft Word Document, if you intend to save the file in the "old" Word format).

To conclude and convert the file, press the button Convert found in the box dedicated to Step 3 and, once the conversion is complete, click on the link with the name of the document, below the wording Converted Files, to download the converted document.

If DocsPal, for some reason, was not able to meet your needs, you can use another universal converter, like the ones I told you about in the initial chapter of this guide, or rely on one of the alternative solutions that I indicated in the my tutorial on how to turn PDF to Word.

Come Convertire File Pages in Word

If you need convert Pages files to Word, since you do not have programs that can correctly view the files generated by Apple's software, I recommend that you rely on the online service CloudConvert, which allows you to quickly convert between the two formats in just a few clicks. I explained the precise operation of the service in the opening chapter of this guide.

If, on the other hand, you have a Poppy and you want to convert the file before even “passing it” to whoever is responsible, you can carry out the conversion from the program Pages same: after opening the document, click on the menu Fillet of Pages, then on the voice Export as e scegli l'opzione Become… among those proposed.

In the new window that opens, choose whether to protect the document with a password using the appropriate box, press the button Forward…, specifies il name and position of the resulting file and press the button Export to finalize everything. Easier than that ?!