Use CloudConvert to Convert a File from One Format to Another

Cloud-ConvertHere is a web site you probably should bookmark: https://cloudconvert.com. You probably won’t need to use it often but when you do have a need it can be a lifesaver. Best of all, it is a free service if you only want to convert a few files. However, if you want to convert dozens of files, there is a modest charge.

CloudConvert converts almost any file from one format to almost any other format. It recognizes files in more than 200 different formats, and connects with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. The list of files types it can convert may be found at https://cloudconvert.com/formats. It is a long, long list!

I find CloudConvert useful for converting PNG images into JPG format. It also can can turn a PDF file into a DOCX file, which you may open in Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, or Google Docs. It also can convert Macintosh Keynote presentation files into PowerPoint PPTX files. In fact, CloudConvert can convert about 200 different file formats into other file formats.

CloudConvert also allows you to extract audio from a video file. For example, I selected a .MOV file and converted it to .MP3 format. That gave me an audio-only .MP3 file. It also converts .MOV video files into .MP4 video files as well. Did you download a video from the web, only to find it doesn’t display in your computer’s video player? CloudConvert probably can fix the problem for you.

CloudConvert is a cloud-based application. That is, the program runs from a web site. There is no software to install in your computer. It works equally well on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Chromebooks, and even on mobile devices running Android or Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch).

For occasional use, CloudConvert doesn’t charge. If you convert files smaller than 1 gigabyte, fewer than five files at a time, and use less than 25 minutes of file conversion time a day, CloudConvert’s services are free of charge. For high volume users, CloudConvert does charge fees as described at https://cloudconvert.com/pricing. I suspect most in-home users will never encounter a need for fees.

CloudConvert is one of those useful web tools that you may not need immediately. But, the next time you say, “I can’t open this file…,” give it a try. CloudConvert may be able to convert that file you can’t use into one you can.

CloudConvert is available at https://cloudconvert.com.

2 Comments

I bookmarked this website when I read about it, but hadn’t had the opportunity to try it until now. I uploaded an xls file and requested a pdf. After it finished, I couldn’t find the pdf file to download. It did give me the option to send feedback, which I did. Couldn’t find any instructions either. I guess that’s what you get on a free website.

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