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Free Tools to Convert Any File Format Online


Use These Free Tools for Conversions

There is no need to download any software when wanting to convert a PDF into a DOC or a FLAC into an MP3. You only need to go to the computer, open your browser, go to one of these sites mentioned below, and be done in a hurry.

When using apps on the web, you do not need to worry about malware being installed as it does with software. In addition, there is no need to uninstall or clean this stuff out of your computer.

Zamzar: Convert Anything to Anything

Zamzar is one of the most popular and oldest online conversion tools. More than 1200 different format conversions are supported. It is safe to convert video files, audio files, images, documents, and many more. Size needs to be below 100MB.

After a file is added, the extension is analyzed and file formats in which it could be converted to will be shown next.

Interface is easy to use, with an option for a notification to be sent by email, which can be a nice way to send a friend your file link. There is no need to sign up.

Cloud Convert: Convert Cloud Based Files

Zamzar has two limitations making it worth to look at Cloud Convert. You are able to convert up to 1GB of files when you sign up for a free account, and you are able to connect it to cloud storage such as Google Drive. OneDrive, Box and Dropbox to download and upload files automatically from them accounts.

Although Cloud Convert only supports 208 file formats rather than the 1200+ that Zamzar supports, majority of formats you regularly use, including video, audio, image, and office-suite formats. Compared to Zamzar’s interface, it is more appealing and modern.

Small PDF: Convert To and From PDF

In many cases PDF files are not able to be edited, they need to be converted first for program use such as PowerPoint and Word. You cannot easily combine 2 PDF’s into 1, or only take one page out. Special software is usually needed for these actions, however, Small PDF takes care of this need.

It is possible to also convert a PDF file into PDF, so you will be able to compress and reduce the size of the PDF. You are able to split and merge two separate PDF files using Small PDF. The user interface is the most simplest ever.

Google Docs: Convert Images to Text

Google Drive is the best tool to use online for converting images to text. Go to Google Drive, click “Settings” under the cog wheel icon, and check the box “Convert Uploads”. This brings uploads to Google Docs. Upload a PDF or image to Google Drive, right-click, select Open With > Google Docs.

Very simple to convert files without having to download any software.

Make an ISO File into a Bootable USB


Change That ISO File into a USB

Using a USB flash drive to update computers to a new operating system, is now one of the simplest ways of doing it. This way is easily portable, quick, and can return to a device for storage when your install is complete.

Here are some tools that make it possible to make a bootable USB from an ISO file:


Features: Bad sector check, file systems, partition schemes, mode of bootable

Rufus is an executable which is very small, not many options to play with, apart from cluster size, partition scheme, type of bootable creating, and file systems. Just need to choose bootable disk type and which ISO image file you want burned, press Start. Burn time quite fast.


Features: file systems and override, Bootloader options, QEMU Emulator, syslinux, grub4dos

Compared to majority of ISO to USB tools, RMPrepUSB has the most features. Apart from the ones already mentioned, it is packed with a horde of other Speed Tests, DiskDoctor, BootLoaders, and separate user configurations for drives that are being constantly prepared. With the amount of customization options, it makes up for the slower speed than other tools of this kind.


Features: QEMU Emulator, three tools used for formatting which includes RMPrepUSB, Bootloader options

WinSetupFromUSB is not as feature packed as RMPrepUSB, but compared to many other burners, it offers more, such as the addition of Bootice, RMPrepUSB, and FBinst Tool. These additional tools each come with instructions which popup with details of their use beside WinSetupFromUSB, but can also be used with their normal functions, specifically RMPrepUSB opens in dialogue of its own with a ISO/USB interface that is customizable. Speed on this tool is slower than other tools, mostly due to the amount of customization available for users.


Features: Hide boot partition, write method

You can use the free trial version of UltraISO to create a USB from an ISO. Size of the ISO you can create is limited, however, it does not do this when burning something that has been created elsewhere. Open UltraISO, go to the location of your ISO on the file explorer’s lower half. Once you located it, double click. Now your ISO image should be loaded for burning. Next, go to Bootable > Write Disk Image. To receive best results make sure you are using the USB-HDD+ option, unless you are advised not to do so. Finally, press Write and you are done. Timing for UltraISO is a little slow, but does not come in as the slowest.

These are four of the many tools available to make a bootable USB from an ISO file. Some have more options available than others, but may take more time to burn your image. If you are willing to wait a few more minutes, you will be able to have the customization many people desire.

Toolbars are Useful for Your Taskbar

Taskbars can help you navigate and use favorites.

Taskbars can help you navigate and use favorites.

Useful Toolbars to Add on Your Taskbar

When set up just right, Windows desktops can be a work space that is quite productive. By placing information and shortcuts at your fingertips, native toolbars bring efficiency to you. With these toolbars being placed in Windows taskbar, you do not need to open folders or files or close windows to access them.

Add a Toolbar to Your Taskbar

On the Windows taskbar, right-click and click on Toolbars and choose either New toolbar… or a toolbar that already exists. If you are adding a toolbar that is new, you will need to choose a folder that has the content you desire on your computer. While choosing the location, you can create the new folder and content can be added later. If a toolbars custom content is stored on OneDrive, it can be synced automatically across computers. You can share your custom toolbar with friends, family, or colleagues.

Default Toolbars for Windows and What They Do

Some default toolbars that may come of use to you include:

  • Address: Open folders that were recently used, type the names of folders, files, and applications to open them, and have websites launch in your browser. To get there using shortcuts Windows key + B then Shift + Tab.
  • Links: Have your favorite websites open in your browser by adding them here. This folders content can be found and edited in Windows users, and Favorites.
  • Desktop: View every item that is on your desktop on one list. When hiding icons on your desktop for a look that is cleaner, this helps maintain shortcut access.

Quick Launch Bar

The Quick Launch Bar, is several icons that are embedded on your taskbar. This works great for programs that are used most to launch them quickly. This bar is customizable by allowing you to add files you want. This is done by right-clicking the Taskbar and unlock it. Next, right-click Quick Launch, remove checkmarks on Show Text and Show Title. If you want the Quick Launch Bar in a different location, move it while the Taskbar is unlocked.

Lists and Short Notes in a Custom Toolbar

Are there bits of information you keep looking up time and time again? You might have Post-It notes all over your monitor, or text files on the desktop. You can organize this information in a toolbar. To do this, a new toolbar needs to be created, an empty folder needs to be picked, and this folder needs to be filled with files that has names representing the notes you have. Length and character choice is limited due to the shortcut file name being the note. To never show the file extension, use Notepad files saving them as (.LNK) files. Choose a custom icon by right-clicking the file and pick Properties > Change Icon… button.

This is just a few things you can do with customizing your toolbar. Once you have it the way you want it, there is no stopping you each and every time you want to move something around and change the way it looks on your screen.