How to Convert JPEG and PNG file formats to PDF in Windows 10?

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Issue: How to Convert JPEG and PNG file formats to PDF in Windows 10?

I need to convert a couple of .jpeg and .png files to .pdf. Should I download third-party software for that or is it possible to do that the other way?

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Before presenting the instructions on how to convert JPEG and PNG file formats into PDF, we would like to explain what the PDF is and why someone would ever need to use it.

Portable Document Format (PDF)

The acronym PDF stands for the Portable Document Format. It’s a file format, which encompasses all the requirements needed for the printed documents. In comparison to Microsoft word, PDF is read as an electronic image, which can only be viewed, printed, and shared, but not edited. PDF’s standards ensure the users that the final result of the PDF file will meet ISO 32000 standards for electronic document exchange requirements.

Why would someone need to Convert JPG or PNG files to PDF?

As we have already pointed out, PDF meets the requirements for the electronic document exchange. Usually, the PDF format files do not include text only. They can be, and usually are, complemented with images, interactive buttons, hyperlinks, video, embedded fonts, and similar interactive content. If, for example, you are creating a flyer, job application, brochure, magazine article, eBook or similar kind of a document and want to append a picture, you will first need to change the file format of the picture to PDF.

By the way, using PDF format is practical because PDFs are not depended on the software or a device, meaning that these files look the same way and can be opened in any device, which has Acrobat Reader installed.

an illustration of .jpeg and .png files' conversion to PDF

Converting JPEG and PNG files to PDF

Before Windows 10 release, Windows users have had to download third-party software to convert other file formats to PDF. Unfortunately, instead of PDF converters people often downloaded malware. Luckily, Windows 10 supports PDF files by default. Microsoft Edge has been transformed into a default PDF reader, which is why there is no need to download Acrobat Reader or other additional software to view PDF files. Moreover, Windows 10 has an in-built PDF converting feature named Print to PDF. To use this feature for converting JPEG and JPG files to PDF, you’ll simply have to follow these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder that holds the image file you want to convert to PDF.
  2. Double-click on the image to open it.
  3. Once opened, press Ctrl + P to open Print section.
  4. Select Microsoft Print to PDF as your printer.
  5. Press Print button to open Save Print Output As dialog.
  6. Name the PDF file that you’ve just created and click Save.

TIP: if you cannot see the Microsoft Print to PDF option, you will have to turn the PDF converter feature manually. For this purpose, right-click on Windows key and select Control Panel. Open Programs and Features section and click Turn Windows features on or off.

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Ugnius Kiguolis
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Ugnius Kiguolis is the founder and editor-in-chief of UGetFix. He is a professional security specialist and malware analyst who has been working in IT industry for over 20 years.

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