Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Getting Pictures Out of Word.

Getting Pictures Out of Word

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 2, 2022)

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When working with other people's documents, you may wonder if there is a way to move graphic images out of the document and into their own files. There are actually several different ways you can accomplish this.

First, try right-clicking on the graphic. In the resulting Context menu, you may see an option called Save As Picture. (I say "may" because this option may not be available for all document formats or for all versions of Word.) Assuming you see the option, click it and you can specify a name and location for the image. This approach doesn't remove the image from the document, it simply saves the image into its own graphics file you can then work with.

Another approach works well if you have a graphics program on your computer—you can simply copy the files from Word to the graphics program. Follow these steps:

  1. Load the document that contains the graphics images.
  2. Start your graphics program.
  3. In Word, click once on the graphic you want saved in a file. Small squares (handles) should appear around the graphic and the Picture toolbar may also appear.
  4. Press Ctrl+C. This copies the graphic to the Clipboard.
  5. In the graphics program, press Ctrl+V. This pastes the graphic into the graphics program.
  6. Use the controls in the graphics program to save the graphic as you desire.

If you don't remember installing a graphics program on your computer, you should check to see if Microsoft Photo Editor is on your system. It has been available with several versions of Office, although it is not installed by default. If you would like to install it, you can run the Office setup program to do so, and then use the steps above.

Another approach to getting graphics out of your document is to save the document in HTML format. When you do, Word extracts the graphic images and stores them in their own JPG files. Use these steps:

  1. Create a folder that will contain the HTML document.
  2. In Word, open the document containing the images.
  3. Press F12. Word displays the Save As dialog box.
  4. Make sure you choose Web Page in the Save As Type drop-down list. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Save As dialog box, ready to save a Web page.

  6. Use the controls in the dialog box to select the folder you created in step 1.
  7. In the File Name field, specify a name for the file.
  8. Click on Save.
  9. Close the document.

At this point, the folder contains the HTML document and it also contains a new folder that contains all the images that were in the document. These are regular JPG files; you can open them with any graphics program. There is a drawback to using this approach, however: If you only wanted to save one of the graphics from the document, you will find that all of them have been saved in individual files and you will need to search through them to find the one you want.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11071) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Getting Pictures Out of Word.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2022-07-04 04:57:36

Ken

Hi Ron

I Inserted JPG files and they stayed as JPG in the image files.

I am using Word 2016 32 bit version. I wouldn't be surprised if things are different in later versions and even in the 2016 64 bit version.


2022-07-04 04:28:15

Ron

Hey Ken:
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It's been my experience (limited as it is looking at this specific feature) that in my documents all JPGs inserted into a document have been converted to PNGs. It would be nice I could learn how to keep them in JPG format.


2022-07-03 07:12:18

Ken

Ron: The image files in the Media folder can have other formats such as JPG.

It is interesting to see the changes to the image files in the Media folder after the images have been manipulated in the document. If an image is reduced in size by dragging corners the image file and the whole document file are reduced in size and resolutions are changed. I understand that the way that happens was changed in Word 2016 and later versions, earlier versions kept the original image and files were bloated.


2022-07-02 11:20:22

Ron

There is another technique the depends on a little known fact.
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The new "x-file" format are actually complex composites. The primary file type is text only HTML formatted files. With a few other embedded files types like image files. All of that is wrapped in a ZIP format folder that is renamed with the x-file name, ie DOCX by the application saving the file.
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Windows 10/11 includes a zip tool.
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The trick is to rename the Office file with a ZIP file extension, ie rename the file by adding .ZIP to the end of the file name. Windows / File Explorer will now treat the document as a ZIP folder. You can open the folder. In the first level there will be multiple xml files and folders. One of the folders will be the application name, ie Word

Open the folder.

If there are images in the file there will be a "Media" folder

Open it.
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All of the image files will be there in PNG format.
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The names are generic, so you'll have to look through all of the images to find the one you want.


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