Administer document conversions
Updated: July 24, 2008
Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007
Site administrators can enable document conversion so that users can convert documents of one file type into another format. Document conversion for site content types also enables site administrators to configure content types to store settings that define which converters are available and how those converters work on documents of that content type. A number of document converters are included with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and your organization might have additional, custom converters as well. After document conversion is enabled in Central Administration, the converters are available by default for all site content types that can be used in a document library. This includes the following content types:
Document content types, such as Basic Page, Document, Form, and Picture
Page layout content types, such as Article Page, Redirect Page, and Welcome Page
Converters that have been enabled are available to end users when they select a document of a given content type, and then click Convert document from the context menu. Only the converter or converters specific to the document's file type (for example, .docx) are listed.
When there are multiple converters for a file type, such as XML, you might prefer to edit the list of converters to ensure that users only see converters that are relevant for documents of this content type. Also, you might want to change configuration options for a converter.
To administer document conversions, you can perform the following procedures in any order: