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Enable document converters for a Web application

Published: May 12, 2010

This article explains how to enable and configure document converters for a Web application for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. A document converter is an application installed on a server that enables users to convert documents from one format to another.

note Note:

Some document content, such as images, is not converted.

Before you perform this procedure, confirm that:

Enable and configure document converters for a Web application

Use this procedure to enable and configure document converters for a Web application. These document converters will be used by all site collections within the Web application.

To enable document converters for a Web application

  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

    • At the minimum, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group to complete this procedure.

  2. On the Central Administration Web site, click General Application Settings.

  3. On the General Application Settings page, under External Service Connections, click Configure document conversions.

  4. On the Configure Document Conversions page, in the Web Application section, verify that the Web application that you want is selected. If it is not, on the Web Application menu, click Change Web Application and then, on the Select Web Application page, select the Web application for which you want to configure general settings.

  5. In the Enable Document Conversions section, select Yes to enable document conversions for the site. By default, No is selected.

  6. In the Load Balancer Server section, select a server from the Load Balancer server menu. By default, None is selected. You must select a server before you can enable the document converters.

  7. In the Conversion Schedule section, click one of the following to specify how frequently the Document Conversion timer job should run.

    • Minutes

    • Hourly

    • Daily

  8. In the Converter Settings section, click one of the following:

    • Customize "From InfoPath Form to Web Page" (xml into html)

    • Customize "From Word Document to Web Page" (docx into html)

    • Customize "From Word Document with Macros to Web Page" (docm into html)

    • Customize "From XML to Web Page" (xml into html)

    The Document Convert Settings page is displayed.

  9. On the Document Converter Settings page, in the Converter Settings section, do any of the following, and then click OK:

    • To disable the document converter, clear the Make this document converter available for all document libraries on the server check box. By default, this box is selected.

    • To change the amount of time until a document conversion times-out, type a number in the Time-out length (seconds) box. By default, this field is set to 300.

    • To change the number of retries, type a number in the Maximum retries box. By default, this number is set to 3.

    • To specify the maximum size of a file that the converter will handle, type a number in the Maximum file size (in KB) box. By default, this field is empty.

  10. On the Configure Document Conversions page, click OK.

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