How To Extract Images From Microsoft Word

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Do you need to extract images from Microsoft Word for use elsewhere and need an easy way to do it? We share two methods in this article.

So a colleague, client or some other person has sent you a Microsoft Word document with a number of images embedded in it. Everything looks good. Superb. Except that it isn’t so straightforward to extract the images if you need to use them elsewhere – say in a blog post or a presentation.

We have had to deal with this situation many times. In this article, we show you an easy way to go about extracting those embedded images. We will deal with this in two sections, one for extracting a single image, and the other for extracting multiple images.

Extract A Single Image From A Word Document

If you want to extract a single image, the process is easy:

  1. Open the Word document you want to extract the image from.
  2. Right click on the image and select Copy.
  3. Open Paint, PhotoShop or any other image editor on your PC and paste the image in a new blank page.
  4. Save the image with an appropriate name.

That’s it. Your image is saved and you can edit and use it as you please.

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Extract Images From Microsoft Word

To extract multiple images, you can use the above procedure and repeat it for each image till you have them all saved. To get it one quicker though, there is another method that you can use. Here are the steps to follow to extract multiple images from a Microsoft Word document:

  1. Open the Word document from which you would like to extract images
  2. Click File on the main menu at the top left corner.
  3. Click Save As.
  4. Select Other Formats
  5. Specify the location you want to save it to.
  6. Select Web Page from the drop-down menu
  7. Click Save

You will find the file now saved as a folder if you check the location you chose. Open the folder and you will find all the images that were embedded in the Word document in there. You can copy them from there to edit and use as you need them.

Now you have two ways to extract images from Microsoft Word for use in other documents or on a wide variety of platforms. Enjoy.


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  1. Cool tricks. Atimes, I use snipping tool, skitch or any screen capture tool to grab the images. Doing it this way, even reduces the size of the image. 😉

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