How to convert documents to PDF within the watcher


How to convert documents to PDF within the watcher

The Watcher’s Convert Files operation automatically converts any file into PDF automatically. Once the Watcher’s operation is set up to “Convert Files to PDF,” there is no limit to the number of documents that can be added within the Watcher to be converted. Everything happens automatically, without any manual work.

How does it work? The Watcher is made to “watch” a specific folder or directory within your machine. Setting a folder as the folder to be watched, you can continue to add your files into the folder and CaseGuard will convert them and export them into a new folder when it is ready!

Within CaseGuard, it is possible to convert hundreds of documents, and redact PII, and images from all your documents in one Watcher Operation! For example, you can set one Watcher to Redact Documents and Convert Files to PDF. When you add files such as Resumes or medical forms into the Watch folder that contain PII such as Names, Emails, Phone Numbers, and identifying images, the system will convert each file into a PDF and redact all the set criteria.

Follow the steps to Convert Files to PDF in Watcher!

  • Click the “Watcher” Watcher Eye Icon icon on the right side of the screen to pin the Watcher.
  • Click the “Add Folder to Watch” icon Add folder  to set up the Watcher.

Add folder to watcher

  • The CaseGuard Watcher window will pop up.
  • Add a Watcher Name.
  • Click “Browse” to add a folder to watch. This is the folder where all documents that need to be redacted will be input.
  • Click “Browse” to add an Output folder. This folder will contain all exported files after the Watcher processes and redacts the documents from the Watch folder.
  • Click “Next.

  • A Watcher window will appear, select Documents for the operation you would like your Watcher to perform.


  • Select “Convert to PDF” to apply to your Watcher and click “Next.”


  • Click “Next” and a Summary window will appear, here you can edit your selection and decide if you would like to keep history files for manual review.


  • Once satisfied with your Watcher click “Apply” and your Watcher will appear in the Watcher Panel.

Watcher Panel

  • Under the Watcher progress bar, you have the option to open the settings Setting Icon, delete Delete icon, or pause Pause icon the Watcher.
    • The settings Edit icon icon will open up the Watcher window.
    • Delete Delete icon will completely delete the selected Watcher.
    • Pause Pause Iconwill pause the Watcher operation.
  • The process will begin automatically if your files are already in the watch folder, otherwise, click the “Open Input Folder” Input folder icon and insert the files you wish to be converted.
  • Once complete, your files should be converted to PDF and exported to your output folder. You can access your output folder by clicking “Open Output Folder” Output folder in the Watcher.

Let’s see it in Action!