Document Converter

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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A lot of popular word processing programs come equipped with a document converter already installed. This feature can usually be accessed when saving a file by selecting "Save As," and choosing the desired new format. This type of conversion allows you to output a document to a different format, but the conversion possibilities are frequently limited.

Microsoft Word, one of the most widely used word processing programs in the world, features the ability to convert documents from one type to another. When a document is opened or written as one format, it can be easily converted by saving it in another format. This can include saving a text file or rich text format file as a more advanced MS Word DOC file, or if necessary, converting the Word file to a simple text document.

HTML Document Converter

Word can also make a document web-ready by saving it to HTML format. In return, a page opened as an HTML file can be saved as an MS Office document. When an HTML file is made Office compatible, it can be opened and manipulated in a web editor, such as Microsoft FrontPage.

Most of the file conversion features included in popular applications are adequate when it comes to fulfilling a limited set of functions; however, many methods of advanced document conversion are beyond the scope of these basic programs. This can be remedied by the installation of additional document converter software in the form of a plug-in for the some programs, or as a stand-alone application. Stand-alone programs usually provide the greatest degree of possibility. These programs allow the user to convert documents, merge documents of different formats, and even compile and print documents from pages simultaneously culled from a number of different file formats.

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