How to easily change the format of a file in Windows without programs

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Much of this information is stored in file formats, which make it possible organize information and encode it. From a computer's point of view, they are a memory unit that only stores bits, which will then be converted by the computer.

But it is important to be able to distinguish between the different types of formats, since each has characteristics that differentiate it from the rest.

Know the different types of files

Each file format has codes that differentiate it from the others. For example, between the video formats most popular are MP4, MPEG-4, MKV, FLV, MOV and WMV.



We can also find digital image formats such as JPEG / JPG, PNG, RAW, BMP and psd. Just to point out some of them, it is important to know how to distinguish them because each performs specific functions.

On the other hand, we find the text formats which are used to view and edit text files. Among these we can find txt, html / .htm, doc, pdf, rtf and ps.

There are also types of compressed files or encoded, in this category we can find formats such as zip, arc, bin ed exe. These formats allow us to reduce the weight of the files.

Among the other most used formats are i file audio, these are the ones that store sound and are presented to us in digital audio formats such as au, aiff, mp3, ra e wav. There are also many other types of formats, such as Excel xls files.

Since there are a large number of formats, it is likely that in some cases we need to work with a specific one and convert them. Usually for this action we are told that we have to download very heavy programs that do it for us.



No è really need to download any program to convert our files. In this article we will teach you how to do it in a practical and simple way without having to download or install anything.

Steps to change the format of a file in Windows without programs

There are many versions of the Windows operating system, one of the most used today in the world, as one of the best on the market. This is thanks to a wide variety of tools provided by this operating system.

One of them is being able to change the format of our files, without having to download any program or application. The first step we need to take is to go to the Windows search engine and write options folder after clicking.

Another way to access this feature is to open ours file explorer, once inside we go to the top of the screen and select the option that says Vista. An options bar will open and we go to the right part of it, where it says Options and we select Folder options.


Si will open a window of configuration with three cards, we need to select the second tab Show, in the section that says Advanced Settings let's look for the Hide file extensions option for known file types.

We have to deactivate it and in case you have already deactivated it we leave it as it is. Then we click where it says Apply at the bottom of the box and then click OK.

Find the file to format

With the actions we perform in the previous steps, the extension of each file will start appearing, at the end of its name, be it image, audio, video or any other. Now we just have to search for the we want to change the format.


Once found, right-click on it and look for the option Change name, this will allow us to change the name. Let's go to the final part of the name and delete the extension from the current format.

Finally, we put the extension of the format in which we want to change it and that's it. If the whole procedure was done, we have successfully modified it.


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