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Introducing File to PDF for Windows

  • Convert Files or Folder to PDF quickly.
  • Convert ZIP to PDF.
  • Convert Multi-page TIFF to PDF
  • Convert Email MSG or EML files along with their attachments to PDF
  • Combine Multiple files to One PDF file
  • Support conversion of 120 or more files types to PDF
  • Append files of different types and formats to an existing PDF.
  • Set security restrictions to PDF documents such as ability to edit or print.
  • Secure PDF documents by setting a user password for viewing.
  • Apply watermark image or text to PDF (i.e., company logo or name).
  • Add table of contents or bookmarks in One PDF file for easy navigation.
  • Add page numberheader and footer information in PDF such as copyright or disclaimer information.
  • Convert multiple files or folders to PDF in batch mode
  • Seamless integration with Windows Explorer Shell Interface.
  • Works with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Server 2012 and Higher (32-bit and 64-bit).

Ever felt if there was an easier, simpler way to generate PDF version of your files (e.g., images, camera RAWs, office documents, faxes, emails, archived ZIP) right from your Windows Explorer environment without utilizing expensive PDF producer suites or having to go through multiple steps (i.e., load the document in its associated desktop software and either save it to PDF or printing with a PDF driver)? Needless to say, not only the process is time consuming, you will need to have the different software apps installed to work with different document types.

And what if you have a situation where you need to present or share a project idea, say in the form of PowerPoint slides, JPEG or TIFF images, Web pages, Excel sheets across teams, devices or regions. Imagine if there was a simpler way to have all of these different documents together in single one PDF, each document correctly sequenced/ordered/bookmarked and watermarked with your logo or company name – making it much easier to collate and share. You might be able to achieve it with professional PDF authoring tools such as Adobe Acrobat, Foxit PhantomPDF. However, these are not only complex to learn and use, but also require a subscription to the whole eco-system which is quite an expensive investment.

File to PDF app provides you with the quickest and simplest PDF solution at a fraction of the cost.

  • Produce instant PDFs from any files or folders within the comfort and ease of your Windows Explorer i.e., just right-click any files or folder to convert to PDF.

  • Generate PDFs from 120+ popular file types including archived/compressed ZIP file, Email files (MSG or EML), multipage TIFF or Fax, Office documents such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint or any image formats including all known camera RAW formats.

  • With security features such as ability to add watermark, user password and set permissions to PDF contents, File to PDF is ideal for users who are looking for powerful, yet easy and affordable PDF creation.

Seamlessly integrated within your Windows Explorer Shell and with minimum, uncomplicated interfaces, the File to PDF software makes it much easier and simpler to produce PDF documents from all kind of files including MSG, EML email documents or folders instantly.

Turning your documents to PDF format makes them portable, smaller, searchable and generally easier to view, print, store and share, independent of application software, hardware and operating systems. This makes PDF the most usable and suitable format for all types of business presentations. ‘File to PDF’ app brings this versatility of PDF right in your in Windows Explorer – all these and more without any print driver or expensive Acrobat software.

How-To's

File to PDF app is seamlessly integrated within your Windows Explorer i.e., you will find PDF menu options that you get when you right-click any file or folder, making it very easy to produce PDFs from your files or folders in a click.

The easiest way to generate a PDF from a file is to simply right-click that file in your Windows Explorer, and click ‘Instant <filename>.pdf’ menu. And the PDF will be generated with the same filename, at the same folder with the extension .pdf.

If you want more advanced control over the PDF output (e.g., to place the PDF file in a different folder location) , click ‘Convert to PDF (Advanced)..’ menu.

In the advanced mode, you can set passwords (user and master passwords), set security permissions such as preventing the PDF from being printed, copied or edited etc, and specify paper type, orientation or changing the destination output folder, or apply watermark.

To quickly convert a Zip file to PDF, simply right-click that file in your Windows Explorer, and click ‘Instant <filename>.pdf‘ menu.

By default, the app will automatically convert each of the file (located within the zip file) to PDF and place it in the same folder as that of the parent zip file. However, you can change this preference, to output the converted files to a subfolder having the same name as that of the parent zip file. Further more, you can also switch the preference such that all the files within the zip file are merged to one single PDF file.

If you want more advanced control over the PDF output, click ‘Save/Convert to PDF (Advanced)..‘ menu.

In the advanced mode, you can choose the PDF output mode for all files inside the Zip file (i.e., each file to own PDF file, or merge all files to one PDF file), set passwords (user and master passwords), set security permissions such as preventing the PDF from being printed, copied or edited etc, and specify paper type, orientation or changing the destination output folder, or apply watermark.

MSG and EML files are essentially emails in file form, created or saved from Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express and may contain attachments, one or more email fields, message body, or contact information, appointment details, and one or more task descriptions. In Microsoft Outlook, you can create an MSG file by simply dragging and dropping a message, appointment, contact, or task item to a folder in Windows Explorer. Generally, many companies use MSG and EML files for archival or as part of their email-retention policy.

File to PDF can take MSG or EML files from your Windows folder and convert to PDF along with its attachments (if any) for easy sharing or archiving. You don’t even need to open the MSG or EML in Microsoft Outlook.

A preview of a MSG file (e.g., Product New.msg as in the screenshot below) with 3 different attachment files – Word, PowerPoint, Excel docs.



To quickly convert a MSG or EML file to PDF, simply right-click that file in your Windows Explorer, and click ‘Instant <filename>.pdf‘ menu.

By default, the app will automatically convert the attachments (if any) to their own PDF files, apart from the email itself. So effectively, you will have one PDF for the email and as many PDF files for that many number of attachments in that email.  However, you can change this preference (in Settings) to combine all attachments (if any) and the email itself to one single PDF file.

Right-click multiple selected files in your Windows Explorer, and click ‘Instant <FileName>.pdf‘ menu. This will convert each of the selected file to its own PDF file in batch.

If you want more advanced control over the PDF output, click ‘Save/Convert to PDF (Advanced)..‘ menu.

In the advanced mode, you can set passwords (user and master passwords), set security permissions such as preventing the PDF from being printed, copied or edited etc, and specify paper type, orientation or changing the destination output folder, or apply watermark.

To generate one PDF file, select multiple files in Windows Explorer. Right-click and click ‘Save/Convert to PDF (Advanced)..’ menu.

This will take you to the advanced mode window. Within the section ‘Merge All to One PDF in’, choose one of the destination option and change the one PDF file name if necessary. (Default is ‘MergedDocuments.pdf’)

To add or append files to an existing PDF, under Windows Explorer, right-click the files (that you wish to add/append to) and click ‘Append to Existing PDF’ menu.

The app will prompt you to choose an existing PDF file from your disk to which the chosen files will be added to. No matter what file types you have chosen, the app will convert each of the file to PDF before inserting to the parent PDF file.

To email files as PDF, right-click the files under Windows Explorer and click ‘Email as PDF’ menu.

The application will automatically convert the selected files to PDFs and will be attached to a new email compose window.

Please note, this feature only works if Microsoft Outlook is installed.

Adding watermark is a simple way to secure your PDF content. A watermark easily lets viewers identify the status of your PDF content, for instance, as a visual warning to designate your document as confidential or for internal use only. More importantly, watermarking each page of your PDF helps protect your intellectual property from being passed off as someone else’s work when it is shared with others. Adding a watermark of your company logo or brand on publication material not only adds a professional touch but also helps to identify ownership without completely locking the PDF down.

To add a watermark to new PDF file, right-click the source file (in this case, a word document) in Windows Explorer, and click ‘Save/Convert to PDF (Advanced)..‘ menu.

To add a watermark image or text annotation to your PDF files, click the ‘Watermark‘ button.

You’ll get the following dialog box where you can choose the type, position of your watermark. You have two options on how to create a watermark:

Image as watermark – Click on the ‘Image as watermark’ radio option. To insert an existing image as a watermark, click on the Image button located at the extreme right corner and browse the open dialog box and select your image from your computer.

So here is what the word document file appears like before PDF conversion.

And this is what the converted PDF file looks like (in PDF reader software) – with the image embedded in the middle of each page of the PDF.

Text as watermark – Click on the ‘Text as watermark’ radio option. Type in your text (such as your company name, product name or brand etc). Customize the Font, Size, and Color of your text watermark. You can adjust the opacity of the watermark to allow text from behind to show through. You can also adjust the angle and rotation at which you want the watermark.

And this how the converted PDF file appears like when viewed in PDF viewer – with the custom text (e.g., company name embossed in each of the page)

A PDF file on its own is not as secure as you may think. Despite the versatility of PDF (as a universal file format) that preserves the look and feel of your original document regardless of platform or device, without security settings on your PDF publication, there is no way to prevent malicious users from tampering the file and taking credit for your content.

With File to PDF app, you can lock down your PDF content by setting password encryption and limited file permissions. This option is available when you press the ‘Save/Convert to PDF (Advanced)‘ menu option from the context menu in your Windows Explorer. And click the ‘Security‘ button in the advanced mode panel (as shown below).


The security panel option shows up and has two sections – Document Open and Permissions.

Check the option ‘Require a password to open the document‘ to set a password that will be required by your intended recipients for opening and viewing your PDF content. And type the password in the box. This is the simplest way to filter out your intended recipients from malicious users. With a password, your PDF content is locked and act as a first security layer to secure your information at the most basic level.

Check the option ‘Restrict Editing and printing of PDF‘ under Permissions section to add another level of security to your PDF content should your file be accidentally accessed. While people may be able to view it, ensure that viewing is all they can do with it. For instance, you can restrict activities from printing content to copying text. You can also set a master password so that in case you want your team members to perform unrestricted activities on the PDF material, they can do so by entering this master password.

Checking the PDF’s Properties > Security dialog in any PDF viewer, users can see what permissions are given to the file, if any.

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