Convert Files With A Right Click In Windows Explorer

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File Converter screen shot

There are many file converters available both online and offline, but how about one that works from Windows File Explorer right click (context) menu? File Converter does just that.

File Converter is a free open source Windows program that converts and compresses a variety of file formats from the right click menu in Windows File Explorer. Once installed, it appears in the context (right click) menu.
It's very easy to use; right click on a file (or several files) in Windows File Explorer, choose File Converter, and select the file format. A window opens showing the progress of the conversion and closes when it's complete. Converted files are stored in the same folder as the source file and have the same name with a different extension.
File Converter won't appear in the context menu if you right click on a file that isn't supported, a nice touch that keeps the context menu less cluttered.

File Converter works with audio, video, image and document files and supports these formats:

Audio
Output formats: flac, aac, ogg, mp3, wav
Input formats: 3gp, aiff, ape, avi, bik, cda, flac, flv, m4a, mkv, mov, mp3, mp4, oga, ogg, wav, webm, wma, wmv

Video
Output formats: webm, mkv, mp4, ogv, avi, gif
Input formats: 3gp, avi, bik, flv, gif, m4v, mkv, mp4, mpeg, mov, ogv, webm, wmv

Image
Output formats: png, jpg, ico, webp
Input formats: bmp, exr, ico, jpg, jpeg, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga, webp, pdf, doc*, docx*, odt*, odp*, ods*, ppt*, pptx*, xls*, xlsx*
(Microsoft Office will have to be installed for the Office formats to work)

Document
Output format: pdf
Input formats: doc*, docx*, odt*, odp*, ods*, ppt*, pptx*, xls*, xlsx*, bmp, exr, ico, jpg, jpeg, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga

File Converter can be customized using the Windows program menu, though the defaults should work well for most people. It's lightweight, fast and quite useful.
It's worth noting that File Converter will work in some other file management programs as well as Windows File Explorer. It worked well in Directory Opus (paid program) and had a few misses in xplorer². The right click entry wasn't available in some other file managers such as XYplorer and One Commander.

It runs on Windows Vista / 7 / 8 and 10, and the 32 bit and 64 bit installers (.msi) are clean according to VirusTotal.
The source code can be viewed on GitHub.

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Thanks rhiannon! I like compact programs like this one. I love Image Resizer for Windows another Explorer context menu add-in; could no longer find it on Gizmo, but think I originally found it here. Use it all the time. Quick and simple: http://www.bricelam.net/ImageResizer/

I use it too, it's a great program. :)

I agree. Image Resizer is great. I use it often.

at howiem,

The Editor only noted a one-way Document conversion capability.
Did you ever find out if it will convert a .pdf to another format?

EDIT -
I just checked and the documentation on GitHub states as the Editor listed, the only Document output format is to a .pdf file from the listed input formats. The only place .pdf is listed as an input type is in Images.
thanks,
michael

This is a great find. And actually, it does work in XYplorer. In XYplorer, if you right-click a file, you get the 32-bit context menu by default. But one of the options in the 32-bit context menu is to open the 64-bit context menu. When you do that, voila!, File Converter is there (assuming you installed the 64-bit version of File Converter).

Thanks!

I tried it but could not convert pdf to word in any editable format which is about the only thing I need a converter for. I selected pdf to png, but the images did not render well, as some were too big to fit. .I have had some good luck using online pdf converters. Maybe Fiule Converter works better for audio/video conversion, but I did not try them.

Pdf is not a supported input format.

I tried it and the output is png.

at howiem,
The only place you can input a .pgf file is in Images. Your first statement said you were trying to convert a .pdf to a Word document, which it doesn't do but it will work the other way. (to work with M$ based file formats Word/Office has to be installed)
It sounds like your trying to edit .pdf files. Have you tried a .pdf Editor?

Thanks for the advice, but the only thing I was trying was the program under discussion. I have al;ready uninstalled it, but I was able to convert a .pdf file to a .phg file.

Wow MS should throw bags of money at this guy. Windows 10 x64 Pro easy install. Bypasses the unsupported commons like .exe and with a .docx Word doc it offered to convert to .pdf with installed Foxit. Did so on small test file and ran in blink of eye that way pausing at end to save or not.
This feature should have been included from get go by MS. Haven't tested on image or audio but likely versions (a bunch) clear by now. Thanks!

It would be good to have it built in . It's a great feature.

I tested some (not all) image and audio files and they converted with no problem.

If one clicks the link Download File Converter above, the "download" box will download the 64bit version and 32bit systems will reject the installation. To get the 32bit version go to https://file-converter.org/ and scroll down to the bottom of the page and it is in the list of downloads

Tried your suggestion but I get this message: "Windows Installer could not be accessed. Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact support personnel for assistance." okay, I give up who's my "support personnel"? :)

I've had issues with Windows Installer and Office over the years. You might try searching for Office (your version) along with that specific message and see if there's a fix.

I was just pointing out where the 32bit installer is located. Have you checked the troubleshooting section at https://file-converter.org/ ?
Do you have the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 installed? If not see https://github.com/Tichau/FileConverter/wiki/Troubleshooting

You might try a web search for : Windows Installer could not be accessed. Windows Installer is not correctly installed to see how to run the program as administrator.

The support personnel cited in the error message you received probably refers to the folks who wrote/maintain the file converter program.

Thanks for mentioning that. I'm not on a 32 bit system. I downloaded both versions from the links at the bottom of the page.

Hello, rhiannon:

I use quite a few free online conversion resources... but all are not equal... some perform much better quality and compression levels than others.

Any idea how well this app performs?

THX. ~ Alan

No, not all are equal.

The files I converted were document, audio and video files. I didn't see a loss of quality when listened to, viewed, or read, but I'm not an audiophile and I don't have a 4K monitor so YMMV. The presets can be changed in the main program interface if you want higher or lower quality. I used the default settings.

I did run into an issue converting animated .gifs to .mp4 where a message that the file couldn't be read appeared.
It seemed to be confined to a few gifs as it worked on all the others I tried. I assumed there was an issue with the original format since it only occurred on a few.

It's a lightweight program and doesn't take a lot of resources, and it's output files are much more limited than a full featured file converter.
I like it because I'm forever forgetting to open an image in a new browser window or drag it to another browser and I end up downloading it as a .webp file and then it has to be converted. If for no other reason than it takes a couple of clicks to convert a .webp file to another image format this one is a keeper. It took all the .webp files I had and converted them at the same time. :)
 

 

In general, I don't know. But the screenshot at the top shows that you can choose the quality of at least one format.

It's pretty configurable for what it does. I added this to the article, but File Converter works in some other file managers as well as Explorer. Directory Opus and xplorer² had the context menu entry, some of the others didn't. Dopus worked fine, a few misses with leaving images out when converting .docx to pdf in xplorer².