Monday, 20 April 2009

Converting file formats

> "Privately and at school I often attach files to e-mails, and I have
> my first steps behind me in scanning pictures and documents, but I
> still feel being quite a baby. Last week I wanted to create a jpg
> file, but I got a pdf file (I don’t know yet why. Maybe I should ask
> Auntie Web)."

If you want to create a jpg file, you should copy the image you want to convert and paste it into your Paint program. Paint is a Windows program that came with your PC if it runs on Windows.

To find Paint:

  • Click on the Windows 'Start' button in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.
  • Select 'Programs'.
  • Select 'Accessories'.
  • Click on the program 'Paint'.
  • Paste the graphic you want to convert to a jpg into the screen.
  • Then click on File --> Save as... and make sure you save it in as jpg file and not a gif or tif type file. (You can do that by selecting jpg from the 'Save as type: box' at the bottom of the 'Save as' screen.
  • Alternatively, you can download free software that will convert most image formats, e.g. Converter

    The site also lists several other free file conversion software which should let you convert most files from one format to another.

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