Apple’s New Image Format HEIC

If you own an iPhone, iPad or another Apple iOS device, you have certainly noticed this already. Apple released a huge update from iOS 10 to iOS 11. This update came with some major changes and improvements. And it came with new file formats.

Since we at focus on file conversion, the latter is what we want to focus on in this article. iOS 11 introduced two new media formats: HEIC and HEVC. This week, let’s have a look at the new image format HEIC.


High Efficiency Image File Format – HEIC

As the headline suggests, the HEIC image format is also known as HEIF which stands for High Efficiency Image File. It was not developed by Apple, actually, but by MPEG. They are responsible for formats we use on a daily basis, like MP3 (audio) and MP4 (video). This suggests that HEIC might be on its way to overthrow the reign of old (but flawed) JPEG.

Thus, let us have a closer look at the new format.


HEIC Facts

With the update to iOS 11, HEIC became the standard image format for all devices running on this iOS version. They are specially optimized for iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.

The main idea behind this new format was to create a format that provides the good quality of JPG images but is smaller in file size. In fact, it seems that an HEIC image is roughly half the size of a JPEG image. There are even more advantages over images with a .jpg extension though. For example, HEIC files support transparency, just like PNG or GIF images. It can store multiple images at once (which is interesting for Live Images, for example). Furthermore, it can even store minor editing, like cropping or rotating, to undo them again.

What’s practical is that, even though the HEIC format is still quite new, Apple already got rid of a few compatibility issues. When sharing an HEIC image on social media, it is automatically converted and uploaded as a JPEG. That way, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and such should not have any problem with your new image files. Furthermore, iOS 11 offers the possibility to send these images to a Mac or PC and immediately convert them to JPEG as well.


Problems With The New Format

Unfortunately, every change also brings a few problems. This is no exception. As mentioned above, there might very well be compatibility issues, that Apple has not fixed under the hood. While cloud services like Dropbox, GoogleDrive and by now also Microsoft OneDrive automatically save HEIC files as JPEG, other third-party apps and programs might not recognize this new image format. Image viewers for mobile phones or native programs on Microsoft Windows computer can thus not use these files. Even Adobe Photoshop is, by the time this article was written, not able to process HEIC files.


How To Work With HEIC

There are two ways to still be able to work with HEIC files, however. One is to disable saving images in this format on your iOS 11 device. Please note that this will, of course, get rid of their neat effect of being less space hogging. You can do so by going to Settings > Camera > Formats. Images will then be saved in the JPEG format again.

Another way would be to convert HEIC files into JPG using a file converter. The JPG Converter of can already handle Heic files and converts them to JPG. HEIC files containing several images will be converted into an archive containing a JPG for every layer or image inside the HEIC. Likewise, when converting to animated GIF or Video (e.g. MP4), any animation of a Live Image will be retained.

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How To Convert A Text File To An Excel File

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Have you ever encountered a situation whereby you want to convert some text files either from a website or a note pad into an Excel file? I remember the first time I encountered that and I felt it is quite impossible. Well, it isn’t. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to accomplish that with the different versions of office available.

It is worthy of note that saving your text file as an Excel spreadsheet allows you to work with your data more easily. You will encounter less error working with Excel than with a text file. Let us look at how you can carry out this conversion.

A text file can be converted into a spreadsheet file using the following versions of Excel:

  • 2003
  • 2007
  • 2010


How To Convert From Text To Excel

Using Microsoft Excel 2003

Follow these steps to effectively convert your text file into an Excel file using this version of Excel.

  • The first step is to open your Microsoft Excel.
  • Click on data, then import external data and then import data.
  • Open the file you created in Notepad. A wizard will display.
  • From the wizard, select Delimited and click Next button.
  • Uncheck the tab that appears and select space instead. Click next after that.
  • Click Finish and Ok.
  • On your Excel toolbar, select file, then Save As.
  • Type the new name for your file in the dialog box that pops up.
  • It will ask you to save as what. Choose Excel Workbook (xlsx), Excel 97-2003 Workbook (.xls), or CSV (Comma Delimited) (.csv) and click Save.
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Using Microsoft Excel 2007

Here are the steps.

  • Open your Microsoft Excel 2007.
  • Select that data tab.
  • Click from text.
  • Proceed to browse for the text file and select it when you see it.
  • Click on the import button. The Text Import Wizard will begin after that.
  • From the wizard, select Delimited and click Next button.
  • Uncheck the tab that appears and select comma. Click next after that.
  • Click the finish button once you are done.
  • Choose to save the information in either an existing worksheet or a new worksheet.
  • On your Excel toolbar, select file, Save As and type the name in the dialog box that pops up.
  • Save as type should be Excel Workbook (xlsx).


Using Microsoft Excel 2010

Here are the steps for this version of Excel.

  • Open your Microsoft Excel.
  • Find the data tab and click on it.
  • Check out the External Data group and click From Text.
  • Double-click the text file that you want to import in the Import Text File dialogue box.
  • After that, click on import. The text import wizard will launch after that.
  • Select Delimited and click Next.
  • Uncheck the tab that appears and select comma instead. Click next after that.
  • Click the Finish button and select to save the information in either an existing worksheet or a new worksheet.
  • Once you are done with that, go to your Excel toolbar, select File > Save As and type the name of the file in the dialog box that pops up.
  • Under Save As Type, choose Excel Workbook (xlsx).

These steps will allow you to effectively convert text files to Excel files. Once this conversion is done, you can be able to work with your data easily.

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Basic Image Editing Via API

In the past, we have already talked about the possibilities of video editing using the API. Different ways to edit PDF files, such as merging and splitting documents or protecting a PDF with a password, have also been discussed before. But there is so much more our RESTful API can do.

Today’s article will give a quick overview on how to edit photos, pictures and other images using the file conversion API.


How To Perform Basic Image Editing

Before we start, please make sure that you know how to do basic conversions using our API and either the Postman Chrome app or software. You can learn the basics and find the necessary collections in this article: Test Our API On Your Computer

Once you are familiar with Postman and the basic POST and GET calls, lets move on to the image editing.

As a basis of the conversions, we will convert a camera raw image to JPG. For this, we will use the following POST command:

    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": ""
    "conversion": [{
        "category": "image",
        "target": "jpg"


Change DPI

As with all optional settings you can apply to a conversion, the needed code will be added to the conversion in the conversion options. To change the DPI of an image, the following option has to be used:

"options": {
    "dpi": 75

The DPI has to be given as an integer between 10 and 1,200.


Change Image Size

Next to the DPI, the width and height of an image can be changed as well, either individually or together. To do so, the following code is needed:

"options": {
    "width": 500,
    "height": 250

The values for width and height are also given as integers, both ranging from 1 to 65,000.


Change Image Color

One of the more visual changes you can apply to an image is changing it’s color schema. There are a few color presets you can choose from to give an image a different look. To see what the single presets do, check out this article: Image Settings Explained

"options": {
    "color": "1980"

The following options are available:

  • gray
  • monochrome
  • negate
  • 1980
  • 1900


Enhance Images

There are a few image enhancements you can apply to your image on top of changing size and color. These are the following:

"options": {
    "enhance": true,
    "normalize": true,
    "sharpen": true,
    "antialias": true,
    "despeckle": true,
    "equalize": true

Per default, all these are set to “false”. In case you want to add one of these enhancements, you only have to include the one you want with the value “true”.


Rotate An Image

Another neat feature provided in our API that is not given on the homepage is rotating an image. For this, add the following code snipped to the conversion POST:

"options": {
    "rotate": 90

The rotation is indicated in the degree of rotation. While we advice you to use a rotation of in the 90° spectrum (90, 180, 270), you can specify any degree. Note that in this case, e.g. choosing 70°, the background of the image, filling the space, will be white.



Full Image Editing Code

Now, lets have a look at how a full image conversion using these image editing options may look like.

    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": ""
    "conversion": [{
        "category": "image",
        "target": "jpg",
        "options": {
            "dpi": 300,
            "width": 1024,
            "color": gray,
            "sharpen": true,
            "rotate": 180

Here you can see a direct comparison between the original NEF and the converted JPG file:

Original Conversion

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NEW – The Online-Convert Android App

Mobile App

In our times, it becomes more and more important that things can be done and handled on the go. This is also true for file conversion. Thus, the website and online service has always placed focus on being able to be used by mobile browsers and thus phones and tablets as well. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t get even better! Presenting: the new

File Conversion App
for Android

Find out all you need to know about our brand new mobile app, how to handle it, what new features it provides and where you can find your converted files!


File Conversion Mobile App

In general, the mobile app provides you with everything that made the online service popular:

  • Conversion into the most popular file formats of different categories
  • Support of 200+ input file formats
  • Cross-conversions across categories
  • Easy and intuitive handling
  • Reliable & stable servers and performance
  • High success rate for conversions

Lets have a closer at the app and how it works!


The app

Once you got the app in the Google Play store, you can easily identify it by the online-convert logo used in the icon.

After opening the app for the first time (or after deleting the conversion history), you will be presented with the welcome screen. Here, you can already find all information you need for using the app. Swiping right anywhere in the app will open a small menu that can bring you back to the home screen, the FAQ or enables you to share the app. Once you have started some conversions, this screen will show the conversions:

  • in progress
  • drafted
  • completed

Mobile App  Mobile AppMobile App
Welcome to the App   |   Menu   |   Conversion History


Selecting a file for conversion is easy. Simply tap on the according button. Files can be uploaded directly from your phone or using a QR code. Additionally, you can record either a video or audio or take a picture to convert it. Select the file format to convert your file to. You can still change this later, as well as specify different options for the conversion. When you set everything to your wishes, tap on the start button to start your conversion.

Depending on the size of your file, the upload and conversion may take a while. In this case, you can tap on “Convert in background”. The app will convert your file as long as you have an internet connection so you can revisit it after a while and use your phone for something else in the meantime. Of course, in case you lose your internet connection, you can easily restart your conversion by tapping on it on the home screen.

Mobile AppMobile App Mobile App
Conversion Overview   |   Select Output   |   Conversion


Once the conversion is done, you can choose to download the file onto your computer or share it via e-mail or an app you have installed on your phone. This includes social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), messengers (Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, etc.), cloud storage (Dropbox, GoogleDrive, etc.), image sharing apps (Tumblr, Imgur, etc.) and more. After downloading, sharing oder uploading your file, you can immediately delete it again from the servers. This is automatically done after 10 downloads or 24 hours as well.


Where’s my file?

Once you downloaded your successfully converted file, you can find it in a separate folder named “OnlineConvert”.


Comparison to the website

Last but certainly not least, lets have a look at what differentiates the app from the website.

We are steadily improving our app and thus will add new features in the future, such as purchasing premium plans, uploading from GDrive and more.

Website Android App
Availability All common browsers Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and newer
Internet Connection
Yes Yes
  • Local file
  • URL
  • Cloud: GDrive & Dropbox
  • Local file
  • QRCode
  • Take picture
  • Record: video & audio
  • Download
  • Send via e-mail
  • Save to cloud
  • Download
  • Save to installed cloud
  • Share to installed apps
File Upload Limit
  • Free: 100 MB
  • Paid: up to 2 GB
  • 100 MB



Of course we strive to make this online file conversion app as perfect as it can be. For this, we need your input! Give us your feedback:

What do you like about the app, what can be improved? Which features would you like to see? How can we make file conversion even easier for you?

Let us know – on social media or via e-mail.

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WhatsApp Supports All Kinds Of File Formats Now

WhatsApp All Files

In past articles, we have provided you with all necessary information about improving your WhatsApp experiences. For example:

Now, with it’s newest update, WhatsApp allows its users to send all kinds of files using this popular messenger service. Of course we had to have a look at this new, amazing feature!


Send All Kinds Of Files Using WhatsApp

Depending on your time zone and device, the newest WhatsApp update came on either July 14th or 15th (version 2.17.254). This update focused on introducing new, nifty features for the messenger users. Here’s a small breakdown:

  • Swipe upwards when in camera view to view all your images and videos
  • Search for the most suitable emoji by using the emoji search
  • Type and press on a text to format it (bold, italics or strike-through)
  • Send all kinds of documents

Especially the last part is something that sparked our interest. Lets have an even closer look at the new file sharing possibilities of WhatsApp.


Are there limitations?

The short answer is: yes.

In the past, users have been able to send and share different image (JPG, PNG & GIF), video (MP4, AVI) and document (PDF, DOC & DOCX) files using the messenger app. Now, you can send and receive “any” file format, as the update states. This ranges from less common document file formats like ODS, to PowerPoint presentations, ZIP archives, JSON and HTML files and many more.

However, the files have to be below a size of 100 MB. In this regard, WhatsApp is still way behind it’s competitor Telegram which allows the sending of files up to 1.5 GB.

Check out the Difference Between WhatsApp And Telgram.


How To Select The Files

There are two main ways in which you can choose the file you want to send using the popular messenger application:

  1. Using the app
  2. Sending the file directly

When using the app, you have to press on the small paperclip icon and choose “document”. from there, you can browse your gallery and download folder, as well as installed cloud apps like Google Drive for any file you want to send.

Many files already allow you to send them using WhatsApp when selecting them. This is not possible with all files yet, though. To do so, go to your file manager and select the file you want to send. Press on send and choose WhatsApp as a target.

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Why You Should Consider Converting From JPG To SVG

There are many different image formats on the world wide web and even more when you regularly download, take and edit pictures. If you work with image files, either professionally or on a private basis, you surely came across the so-called SVG image format. Even if you haven’t actively worked with it yet, there are many advantages of this format.

Thus, in today’s article, we will have a look at why it might be useful for you to convert your already existing JPG and PNG images into the SVG format.


What you need:

  • A JPG or PNG image
  • A working internet connection (for phone or desktop computer)
  • An online SVG converter


Why Convert To SVG?

In order to understand the benefits you have from converting your “normal” images to SVG, you have to understand what an SVG is. Thus, before we jump into the reasons for a conversion, lets have a look what SVG stands for and what makes it different from image formats like JPG, PNG, GIF and others.


What Is SVG?

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. The name alone gives away a lot about this image format. SVG is a so-called vector image format. This contrasts it with formats that belong in the category of so-called raster image formats such as JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, WebP, as well as camera raw image formats like NEF, CR2 or ARW.

So, what makes a vector graphic so different from a rater image? As the SVG name already suggests, these images are scalable. This means that, no mater the original size of the image, you can scale it not only smaller, but also bigger without any loss of quality. A JPG image, however, can not be scaled bigger without the image getting a way worse quality, aka. becoming “pixelated”.

Read more about The Best Image File Formats


Reasons To Convert To SVG

Now that you know what an SVG image is, lets have a look at what you can use them for – and why you should consider converting your raster images to SVG.

  1. Logos
    Logos are used for many things; websites, business cards, merchandise, posters, roll ups, banners, magazines, and so on and so forth. Since all these publications and displays vary in size, sometimes extremely, it’s important to have the logo saved in a way that you can make it bigger and smaller without it becoming pixalated.
  2. Other Web Graphics
    When it comes to graphics for the internet, it’s important that they look good on screens with a big screen resolution as well as on the small screen of a mobile phone. For this, a format that is scalable without loss of quality is essential. Thus, many web graphics are now not only saved but also displayed as SVG graphics.
  3. Image Editing
    The scaling is also a reason for why SVG is a perfect format for further image editing and manipulation. In an SVG, all elements are stored separately. Thus, they can be manipulated individually with ease. Changing the color of certain parts or adding a background color is thus an easy task when you have an SVG.


But what if you don’t have an SVG image and a printer or graphic designer needs one. Or if you need one for further editing and work yourself? Then, you can take the image you need and convert it to SVG!

There are a few things you have to be aware of, when converting from raster to vector image:

  • Converting from JPG to SVG will not create a “true” vector graphic.
  • Colors are not transported when converting from raster to vector image.
  • Details are getting lost when converting from JPG to SVG, just converting the basic shapes.


To understand these points better, have a look at the following comparison:

Original JPG Converted SVG
(saved as JPG for better display)


What To Use The SVG For?

Many of our users value the JPG to SVG conversion for different purposes. They might not retain color, but in order to further work with the SVG, this conversion is very versatile.

Here are a few ways in which our users have further used the SVG file:

  • Designs for shirts
  • Create cookie cutters with a 3D printer
  • Further edit a tattoo template
  • and much more


Do you have other usages for our raster image to SVG converter? Let us know!

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How To Move Apps and Files From Mac To Mac

How To Move Apps and Files From Mac To MacThere will come a time when you will want to upgrade your Mac. Whenever that happens, it is a great feeling. However, what about all the files and apps you have on your old Mac? What happens to them? This guide on how to move apps and files from Mac to Mac can help. It will take some clicks and tweaking, but it can all be done in no time.

While there is always the option of using an external hard drive, this is a much easier way. Mac’s come with an integrated migration assistant. The Migration Assistant, lets you take a hold of your old applications, files and documents, and move them to your new Mac. You can even migrate your system settings as well. Migrating your apps and files from one Mac to another using the migration assistant is the best thing. In fact, when you get a new Mac and turn it on, it will offer to run the Migration Assistant. But, most people don’t bother doing that right away. The majority typically like to play around with their new toy before doing so. Especially when the transfer can take a long time to complete. Since you can always use the Migration Assistant whenever you want, it doesn’t really matter when you do it anyway.

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Keep in mind that it does take a while to complete though. Still, it will be well worth it once you are done. We suggest that you leave it overnight so that when you awake, the entire process will be over. And you will have your new Mac, just like your older Mac
Below are the step by step process to transferring files and apps from one Mac to another.

2)1) Begin The Migration Assistant Process

The first thing you want to do is make sure that your Mac is plugged and powered. That’s because the entire process will take a long time. The last thing you want is for your battery to die on you before you are done. Once you have it plugged, go to the Finder. Next, you go over to the Applications and then Utilities. This will bring you to the Migration Assistant.

After you click on Continue, the user account you are presently using will be logged out. In a few, you will be able to see the process begin in a window. Once the window appears, choose the ‘From a Mac, Time Machine, or Startup Disk,’ option. Select Continue and you can then start to get the old Mac ready to go as well.

2) Setting Up The Older Mac For Transfer

The second step is to begin setting up your older Mac for the entire migration process. Keep in mind that if you have a backup to restore from using a Time Machine, then there is no need to use your older Mac. All you have to do is simply plug the drive in. Or you can connect it to the network. Once you do that, you can then move on to the next step.

For those that DO NOT have a Time Machine backup setup to restore their old Mac from, there are two options. The same for those who rather restore their Mac using another method.

Option 1.

Using your network, you can migrate your data directly from one Mac to another. Although this method is very slow, it is the easiest way to do so.

Option 2. Using either a Thunderbolt, Ethernet or Firewire cable, you can connect both of your Macs directly to each other. Although this is the fastest way to do so, you must have the cables ready; no matter which ones you choose.

In addition, for those with an older Mac, they may have to start their old Mac in the ‘Target Disk Mode’ option. However, this is only true for those who use Thunderbolt cables. And Macs running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or earlier versions. This is according to Apple.

Once you have decided to use the Migration Assistant, the next step is making sure your old Mac is plugged into an outlet with the power supply. Again, this will ensure that the process is not interrupted due to the battery dying out.

The next step is to begin the Migration Utility tool on your older Mac. You find it by going to Applications, then Utilities. After the program has launched, you click on Continue. That will log you out of your older Mac’s current account.

From here, you want to choose “to another Mac’ option. Next, you hit the Continue button once again. Once this is done, you will need to head back to the new Mac.

3) Complete The Migration Process

As you head back to your new Mac, there should be a list of all of the devices you will be able to restore from. Choose where you want to transfer from, and then click on Continue. There will be a number which will pop up. You will need to confirm that both numbers are the same. Once you confirm the numbers, click on Continue again.

This step is important and necessary. That’s because you want to make sure that both Macs are connected to the same network. And that they are using the same Migration Assistant simultaneously. This is a safeguard against you restoring data from somewhere else by mistake.

After you have completed the numbers verification process, select which user accounts you want to keep. Also, you can choose if you want to port over all of your apps. Lastly, your system settings from your old Mac can be kept, as well as any other files. Whatever you DO NOT want to migrate, make sure you uncheck. To begin the migration process, select the Continue button.

The amount of time this migration process may take, will largely depend on the files you are moving. For those with only a few files, it may take a few hours. However, if you have a huge amount of files, the best suggestion is to leave it overnight.

4) Review Your Files and Applications

After the migration process has been completed, you will want to check on your files and applications. You can do so by logging on to your new and old Macs. All of your apps and documents should be exactly where you left them before the transfer process. Even your dock icons will be in the same place and identical.

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The last step is to begin enjoying your new Mac, while still using your older files, applications and settings.

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What’s The Difference Between Stereo And Mono [Audio Example]

Stereo And Mono

In games and on movie players you will find the option to change the audio channel between stereo and mono. With, you can change this for your video files as well, either on the website or using our API (check out the tutorial). But what does that even mean, stereo and mono? What’s the difference between the two. Can you even hear it?

Read more to find out what distinguishes stereo from mono. We also provide some graphics to understand the differences better and – the best part – an audio track that will actually show you the difference!


The Difference Between Stereo And Mono

The main difference between stereo and mono comes with the number of audio channels used in each. Think of sound as an acoustic signal that is send out by a source and transported using a channel. The destination is a speaker, which can be an actual speaker or a pair of headphones.

First, lets have a look at stereo and mono individually. However, for a quick comparison, you can jump to the summary.


Stereophonic Sounds

What we know as stereo is technically described as stereophonic sounds. In stereo, several channels are used to transport audio signals to a speaker and thus to a listener’s ears. Typically, stereo uses two channels, but it can use more. In the most common set up, one channel is transported to one speaker and the other channel to another speaker.

Consider the following graphic:

Here you can see the aforementioned usual set up for stereo sounds. There are two different sources that send their individual signal to one speaker each.

Thus, sounds that are transported entirely to the right speaker will appear to come from a listener’s right side. The signal does’t have to be transported to one speaker in it’s entirety though. Sound can be transported proportionally as well. Meaning that a small proportion of the sound can be transported to the right speaker while the rest is sent to the left one, creating a more 3-dimensional hearing experiences. Sounds that are equally transported to both speakers appear to come from the center.

This is all based on the typical set up of two sources of sound that are transported to two speakers. Instances like surround sound, for example, use even more speakers to further design where particular sounds are coming from.

Thus, stereo is used to create an impression of sounds coming from different directions, setting sounds in perspective to one another and the listener. This is especially useful in movies and audio plays to emerge the listener/viewer into the story. It is also used in music. For example, in some songs it might be that the guitar part is send to one speaker, while the bass is send to the other. When listening to music or plays out loud, this is often not very apparent. Headphone-users, however, are often very aware of stereophonic sounds. Removing one ear piece can reveal that a particular instrument or sound is only transported to your left or right ear.


Monaural Sounds

In mono, also known as monaural sounds, there is only one source for the audio. While mono sounds can also be transported to different speakers, the signal that is played will still be the same.

This is visualized in the following graphic:

Here, the sound comes from only one sound and even though it is transported to two different speakers, the content of the signal is always the same. When listening to music or other auditory pieces using headphones, you will thus not hear any difference when you remove one of the ear pieces. The whole play with localization of sound thus gets lost in monaural sounds.



Here’s a concise summary of what distinguishes stereophonic from monaural sounds:

Stereo Mono
Sources of Sound 2 or more 1
Number of Speakers 2 or more 1 or more
Sound Localization Yes No


Hear The Difference

Now that we talked so much about it, you surely want to hear the difference between stereo and audio. Then go right ahead! Grab a pair of headphones and check out the following audio clips (source):

This sound ambience uses stereophonic sounds. If you lift or remove one of your ear pieces, you will hear that the footsteps are only audible on the right side, while the sounds of a flying bee are only audible on the left.

This one is the example for monaural sounds. No matter which earpiece you remove or lift, you will always hear both the footsteps and the buzzing of a bee.

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How To Recover Unsaved Microsoft Excel Files

How To Recover Unsaved Microsoft Excel FilesNothing could be worse than doing some really hard work on a project using Microsoft Excel, only to lose some, if not all. This often happens to people due to several scenarios. In some cases, a person may close out the file accidentally without saving it. Other times, their computer may crash without warning. A few may have the device they are using, freeze and stop working. No matter which one of these or other things happened, it is a nightmare. Losing a file before saving it, can drive anyone mad; especially if you been working on it for a long time.

This guide on how to recover unsaved Microsoft Excel files will come in handy, if this ever happened or happens to you. There are some steps you can take for recovering lost or unsaved Microsoft Excel files. By using these tips, you won’t have to start the work all over again. Keep in mind that you may not get the last version of the document you used though. Still, it is far better than losing it all completely. Or having to start the project all over again from the beginning.

Recuperating Overwritten Excel Files

This function works for those who save their files to OneDrive. If you are not one of those who uses this method to save them, these tips will probably change your mind. That’s because OneDrive is a great tool with many benefits. It keeps a history of projects you are working on, by particular versions. That means you can browse through it and find the files you like. Once you find it, you can restore it from whatever version you wish. It is best to save the documents to the Document folder.

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If you haven’t done so already, you can do this process by going to and using their browser interface.

1.Find the folder you saved your file to and click on it.
2.Next step is to right click on it and select ‘Version History.’
3.Once you reach the Version History, you will find the versions you are looking for.
4.Choose the Restore option and that will overwrite any current versions you may have of the Excel document.
5.You can also choose to Download a copy of the version as well, just in case.

Unsaved Excel Workbooks Recovery

In the event that you have lost or need to recover an Excel file, you can use the Workbooks feature. The function is called Excel’s Recover Unsaved Workbooks.
To check and see which version of the unsaved Excel file is available on Workbooks, follow these steps.

1. Go to File and then choose Open.
2. Select the Recent tab.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the “Recover Unsaved Workbooks” feature.
4. Select the Recover Unsaved Workbooks button and click on it.
5. Once you click on it, you will see the list of any and all Workbooks unsaved files.

Chances are you may be lucky and the file will be there. If so, then you can simply select it and hit it so it can load up once again. Just in case you are able to recover it, be certain to save it immediately this time.

File History Versions Restoration

A few people make the mistake of not using OneDrive when they are working with files. If you are one those, you may need to resort to other methods. There is a possibility you can restore the missing Microsoft Excel file.You can do so from the previous versions file history function. That’s if you also have enabled the ‘File History’ function on Windows. For those that have, they can use that function to find and recover older versions of a file.
Follow these steps to recover the lost file if you have enabled File History in Windows.

1. Go to your Windows Explorer and find the file there.
2. Right click on the the file and then choose “Restore Previous Versions
3. That will open up a new window for you and you will then see any of the previous versions of the file. However, if you never created a restore point in Windows, or enabled File History, these options won’t be there.

macOS Users Excel Recovery Options

For those that use macOS, there are different steps that need to be taken in order to recover Excel files. But, if you have OneDrive, you can use the same methods explained above to do so. For those that were not using OneDrive, there is another way.

1. Go to Start and open Finder.
2. Go to Macintosh HD.
3. In the event that Macintosh HD is not showing up, you may have to find another name on your hard drive.
4. Go to Finder and then Preferences.
5. Next, select Hard Disks and then under, Show these items in the sidebar option.
5. You can also go to Users, then (your user name). Next is Library>Application Support>Microsoft>Office>Office 2012 Auto Recovery.

You may have to select the “Show hidden files‘ option if you don’t see any library folder there. To do that, type the following command into your terminal – defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

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While these may be able to help some people recover any Microsoft Excel lost or unsaved files, it won’t work for everyone. The lesson to be learned here is to always save and backup everything. But, unfortunately, that is something we often don’t do. At least not until it is too late. Don’t wait until you find yourself in a jam to start backing up your work. Using a preemptive strategy, always provides the best results.

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