Re: Convert files with a right click from Windows Explorer

Richard Turner

Wav is generally better quality than Ogg.
It really also depends on the Bits Per Second.
CD quality is 44,000 BPS.
If the original files had the artist and song title imbedded, I'd recommend using GoldWave for the batch conversion.
You can try it for free and I believe it is about $50 to register.
It is a very powerful audio editing program so it may be over-kill for what you want.
There are likely other programs that will convert the files without losing the artist information.

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On Feb 7, 2019, at 2:16 AM, Panagiotis Antonopoulos <pantonop@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I am not an expert on audio programs, but did some research on this. I have a folder with archival material from the Smithsonian collection from the former Yugoslavia, Italy and Mexico. I copied it on a different part of the pc. Then I took off three files related to album icons, and asked file converter to convert the mp3. It refused to do so in .wav, because I simply had one file converted to .wav before. So I did this in .ogg. There was no progress bar with the program, but when I hit escape, all files were there, it seems it’s done very quickly, there were about 61 files to convert. The unfortunate thing is that it places the .wav file next to its .mp3 counterpart, so you have to manually delete all .mp3s thereafter. Then I went to the folder and tried groove which is a program I like, despite its mishaps. No play, whereas vlc and windows media player would play the .ogg. So, I removed the one .wav file existing, otherwise file converter would not permit me do a conversion. Once it was taken away, it did convert all files from .ogg into .wav and groove is playing fine, except that it cannot derive the info on artists and song titles. Needless to say, I had again, to manually, delete the .ogg files from the folder. I hope I have not tired you with this, and that it may be useful to others. However, might I ask the more knowledgeable among us, which format is the better quality one, ogg or wav?

                                                            Cheers, Takis


From: [] On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:30 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Convert files with a right click from Windows Explorer


There are other tools you could use for batch conversion if you wanted to.


BTW, this seems like a neat utility; maybe I’ll give ita  shot.




From: <> On Behalf Of Alan Lemly
Sent: February 6, 2019 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Convert files with a right click from Windows Explorer


You cannot use File Converter to select a folder in order to convert all of its files. This makes sense as File Converter is smart enough not to appear when you've highlighted a file it can't convert and the possibility of this happening is much greater in a folder. I tested this by copying 3 mp3 songs to a folder I created and then bringing up that new folder's context menu where File Converter did not appear. On the other hand, if you know all the files in a particular folder are of the same type and convertible by File Converter, you can move to the list of files by pressing the F6 key and then highlighting them all by pressing ctrl + a. Shift F10 will bring up the context menu where File Converter will appear in order to convert multiple files. I would not suggest highlighting files of different types even if they are convertible by File Converter in order to do a multi-conversion since this seems like it might have unintended consequences.


Alan Lemly

From: [] On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 8:53 AM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Convert files with a right click from Windows Explorer



This is the first line of the description from the File converter page:

File Converter is a very simple tool which allows you to convert and compress one or several file(s) using the context menu in windows explorer.


So, doing “several” files seems standard.  How one accomplishes that exactly is likely in the documentation.






From: <> On Behalf Of Marie
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:40 AM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Convert files with a right click from Windows Explorer


I have only tried with single files. So it could be interesting and I may do a little experimenting with the possibility of converting an entire folder. Thanks for the idea.




From: Panagiotis Antonopoulos

Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:06 AM

Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Convert files with a right click from Windows Explorer


Hi Marie-all,

I just downloaded the utilitz, but wonder, can zou do a folder conversion as well, or just simple files?



From: [] On Behalf Of Marie
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:40 AM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Convert files with a right click from Windows Explorer


I have been using this little utility for several months and it is indeed very simple and very useful.




From: Alan Lemly

Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 8:38 AM

Subject: [jaws-users] Convert files with a right click from Windows Explorer


Hi List,


I received an email today from Gizmo's Freeware discussing a handy program that will add context menus to Windows Explorer enabling you to convert farious file formats to other formats when focus is on a file in an Explorer window. I'm pasting the text of the article discussing this free program after my signature. I installed it on my Windows 7 computer running Fusion 2019 and it worked very well to convert an m4a song to mp3 format. I'll admit that I'm a big user of Windows Explorer for file management and if you are too, I think you'll like this utility.


The download link to get it is here:


Alan Lemly


The below article is from this website:



Convert Files With A Right Click In Windows Explorer


Last updated by rhiannon on 05. February 2019 - 03:59



File Converter screen shot


There are many file converters available both online and offline, but how about one that works from Windows File Explorer right click (context) menu? File Converter does just that.


File Converter is a free open source Windows program that converts and compresses a variety of file formats from the right click menu in Windows File Explorer. Once installed, it appears in the context (right click) menu.

It's very easy to use; right click on a file (or several files) in Windows File Explorer, choose File Converter, and select the file format. A window opens showing the progress of the conversion and closes when it's complete. Converted files are stored in the same folder as the source file and have the same name with a different extension.

File Converter won't appear in the context menu if you right click on a file that isn't supported, a nice touch that keeps the context menu less cluttered.


File Converter works with audio, video, image and document files and supports these formats:



Output formats: flac, aac, ogg, mp3, wav

Input formats: 3gp, aiff, ape, avi, bik, cda, flac, flv, m4a, mkv, mov, mp3, mp4, oga, ogg, wav, webm, wma, wmv



Output formats: webm, mkv, mp4, ogv, avi, gif

Input formats: 3gp, avi, bik, flv, gif, m4v, mkv, mp4, mpeg, mov, ogv, webm, wmv



Output formats: png, jpg, ico, webp

Input formats: bmp, exr, ico, jpg, jpeg, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga, webp, pdf, doc*, docx*, odt*, odp*, ods*, ppt*, pptx*, xls*, xlsx*

(Microsoft Office will have to be installed for the Office formats to work)



Output format: pdf

Input formats: doc*, docx*, odt*, odp*, ods*, ppt*, pptx*, xls*, xlsx*, bmp, exr, ico, jpg, jpeg, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga


File Converter can be customized using the Windows program menu, though the defaults should work well for most people. It's lightweight, fast and quite useful.

It runs on Windows Vista / 7 / 8 and 10, and the 32 bit and 64 bit installers (.msi) are clean according to VirusTotal.

The source code can be viewed on GitHub



Download File Converter


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