How to Change the Format of a File to JPEG or PDF

By Melissa Cole

Joint Photographic Experts Group, or JPEG as it is popularly known, is a file format used to save high-resolution images. Portable Document Format, or PDF, is a file format popularly used to save and share document files. Determine which file format is best for you, depending upon what type of file you intend on saving. You can easily change your image’s format and save your it in either the JPEG or PDF file extensions, or any other format for that matter, whether you are using a Mac or a PC.

PC

Step 1

Locate the image that you would like to change the format of. Open it, and it should automatically open in Windows Photo Gallery. Select "Open" from the menu bar and choose "Paint" from the drop down menu, and your image will open up in the Paint application.

Step 2

Choose "File" from the menu bar in Paint. Select "Save As" from the drop down menu. Choose to "Save your file in the JPEG format."

Step 3

Save as a PDF when you download and install a PDF converter, like novaPDF. Find the image file and right click it. Choose Open With from the option menu that appears, and then PictureViewer. Select File from the menu bar in PictureViewer and choose Print. Change the name of the printer to novaPDF when the Print dialog box pops up. Click "OK" on the bottom right of the dialog box, and you will be prompted to save your file. Choose to save in PDF from the Save as type drop down menu.

Mac

Step 1

Locate the image that you would like to change the format of on your hard drive. Double click image to open it in Preview. If the image does not open in Preview, open the Preview application and then select "File" from the menu bar. Choose "Open" from the drop down menu.

Step 2

Choose "File" on the menu bar now that your image is opened in Preview. Select "Save As" from the drop down menu.

Step 3

Choose among format extensions to save your file. Select either PDF or JPEG, depending upon your preference. Click "Save" on the bottom right of the prompt to save your settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also convert a word processor file to a PDF within any word processor application.