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Have you ever had a boss or a friend ask you to complete a form and send it back as a PDF file?

If you're in your office, this can be fairly simple, depending on what tools of the trade your company has at its disposal. But if you're at home or work for yourself, you may be frantically Googling "how to change a file type."

In this article, we'll go over some of the simplest ways to change file types so that you can send over glossy PDFs every time.

And with 3.8 billion people using email, now has never been a better time to learn how to quickly and effectively convert file types.


The Simple "Save As" Feature

One really simple way to change the format of a document or a photo is by saving it as the file type you want. On many programs, like photo and video editing software, you have a choice as to what file type you want to save the item as.

You can either select the file type you want to save it as, or you can add the extension to the end of the file name.

For example, if your file is called girl.jpg, you can save it as a gif by simply calling it girl.gif.

This doesn't work across the board in all programs though, only in those that support different kinds of file types. For example, you're not going to be able to just open a file once you've saved it and change the file type. You'll have to do this in a program.

If you have a file you want to change the extension for, open the file in the program that allows you to change the extension. When you're ready, hit "save as," and save it under the extension of your choosing.


Using Word

Using a Word document is more primitive than using other programs, but it works just as well, especially when changing to a PDF file. Word supports several different format types, including the PDF. Therefore, anything you type up can be saved as a PDF file.

While you can't expressly change a JPG into a PDF using this method, you can insert the JPG image into the Word format. Once it is there, you can simply "save as" and ensure you use the PDF extension.

From there, you'll be able to send the PDF form off to whoever needs it.

While Word costs to subscribe to, you can use the basic format in your web browser for free.

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is one of leading PDF readers, though you do have to pay to use it. With Adobe Acrobat, you can quickly and easily turn almost any document into a PDF file, including JPGs and other photo files. This is fantastic for the person who needs to send high volumes of PDF files to work or for personal use.

This program also lets you sign PDF files and edit them without having to print them. Often, bosses or companies will send contracts over in PDF form. Unless you have a way to edit them or use a third-party app, you'll have to print them out, sign them by hand and then scan and return them.

While this doesn't necessarily take too long, it can be a pain to take so many steps to do something that can be done in just a few minutes and will save paper.

If you work from home or handle high volumes of PDF files, it is worth it to purchase a subscription. Otherwise, it might be more money that it's worth.

Translating Code

Sometimes, you'll need to send samples of code to clients or your boss, and they may need to be in a PDF format. This can be a bit difficult to do, especially as most PDF converters don't necessarily support ASPX or ASP.NET files.

But, there are specialized converters that are only for code and are a lifesaver for those looking to get the files in the right format for the right people.

You can learn more about some of the technology and applications that allow you to do this without fuss.

Other Resources

There is a myriad of free online resources that allow you to convert files cheaply or even for free. One of the biggest barriers for many of the bigger programs is their cost. If you need to convert a file once every month or few months, it isn't worth it to pay $20 a month for a subscription to a service.

You can browse some of the free online resources to help you make a decision on what is best for you or your company. Remember that some of them may be less user-friendly than the bigger ticket products, and they may still cost a few dollars. That said, that may be fine if you're only using them once in a while.

How to Change a File Type

If you're not very computer literate, figuring out how to change a file type can feel infuriating and impossible. But, with a little bit of research, you should be able to do it cheaply or even for free and get that professional and sleek look you want.

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