How to extract images from Word documents?

By Alexandra Bagratian | January 18, 2019 |

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Since we often see comments like, “Can I extract images from a Word document ?”, we’ve come to believe that Win 10 users need an exhaustive guide on how to save images from Word in 2019. Well, there you go: below you will find a list of helpful tips on how to get the job done.

How to extract images from a Word document without using software?

Method 1. Change the .docx extension to .zip

This is the first trick on the list since the procedure involved is pretty straightforward. So, here is what you should do:

  1. To begin with, check if the file you would like to extract images from has a file extension ending in .docx. If yes, jump to Step 3.
  2. It is essential that you save the document with the .docx extension. Otherwise, you can’t use this fix. So, open your file, click on the File tab, navigate to Save as, choose the location where to save the document, and select Word Document (*.docx) from the “Save as type” drop-down menu before clicking OK.
  3. Right-click on your .docx file and select the Rename option from the pop-up menu.
  4. Replace .docx with .zip in the file name.
  5. Click Enter to save the changes.
  6. When the Rename box appears, click Yes to proceed.
  7. Now you file has the .zip extension. Right-click the file.
  8. From the menu, pick the Extract Here option.
  9. Now you should double-click on the folder with the same name as your document.
  10. Go to Word. Then open Media.

This is where you will find all the images extracted from your Word document.

Method 2. Save your Word document as a web page

Here is another simple way to extract pictures from a Word document:

  1. Open the Word document from which you would like to save images.
  2. Locate the File tab and click on it.
  3. From the left-pane menu, select Save As.
  4. Select where you’d like your file to be saved.
  5. Navigate to “Save as type:”.
  6. From the menu that drops down, choose the Web Page (*.html;*.html) option.
  7. You are free to change the name of your file.
  8. Click OK to complete the process.
  9. Now go to the folder you saved your file to. You will find the item with the .htm extension.
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Open the folder to see the extracted images.

Method 3. Extract the images you need manually

This method might prove quite time-consuming if you need to save a lot of images. Yet it is worth a try if there are no more than 5 visuals that you are willing to extract. In such a case, take the following steps:

  1. Open your Word document.
  2. Click on the picture you would like to save.
  3. Press the Ctrl + C shortcut on your keyboard to save the image to the clipboard.
  4. Input ‘paint’ (without quotes) into the Search bar and click on the appropriate icon on the Results list to launch the Microsoft Paint app.
  5. Now press the Ctrl + V shortcut to paste the image from the clipboard into Paint.
  6. Press and hold the Ctrl button and then press the S key to save the image.
  7. Select where you want to save the file.
  8. Give the image a name and click Save to proceed.

Now you know how to easily extract images from a Word document without using third-party software. We hope you like at least one of the methods described above.

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Are you aware of any other free and simple ways to extract images from a Word document?

Please share your knowledge in the comments section below!

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