How to Make a JPEG File

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A .JPEG file is an extension type used to identify photos on a hard drive. It is one of the more commonly used photo file types on the Internet for the purposes of uploading, editing and duplicating photos. Creating JPEG files creates ease of access and gives you the ability to alter a photo however you like. These instructions will teach you how to take photos from the Internet and save them as .JPEG for your personal collection.



Step 1

Choose the photo you would like to save. Right-click on the photo. A Windows Explorer dialog box will then appear, prompting you to chose a location where you would like the photo file to be saved. In most cases, your "Pictures" folder will be the default location for these types of files. Click "Save."

Step 2

Now click the "Start Menu" or "Start" icon located on the desktop taskbar. Click "My Documents." When the Windows Explorer dialog box appears, you will see several personal folder icons. Click "Pictures." The photo file you saved should be located in this folder.


Step 3

Right-click on the photo. Go to "Open With" and click "Choose From a List of Programs." (Depending on your computer and operating system, this prompt option may be worded differently.) Click "Paint."

Step 4

When Microsoft Paint opens, the picture should be loaded in the program. Go to the option bar located at the top of the program and click "File." In the "File" drop box, click " Save as" and the Windows Explorer dialog box will appear. Click on the dropbox located under the name of the picture, and you will see a list of file type extensions that the photo file can be saved as. The JPEG extension will be listed.


Step 5

Click the JPEG extension and click "Save" to permanently change the photo's file extension. Do not alter the file's location. This will allow the file to be placed back into its original folder under the new extension. The program should automatically close when you save the file.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer

  • Internet connection

  • Photo


Try to save all of your pictures in the same folder to maintain organization and ease of access.


Pictures with .gif and .bmp extensions may not appear after being saved to your hard drive from the Internet due to copyright and therefore cannot be altered. You can save the file, but the photo itself may not appear.