How to export images from a Word document


word iconSuppose you receive a Word document that contains images, and you want to save the images as separate files on your hard drive, for possible use elsewhere. Suppose you created a document a long time ago and you no longer have the original images. How do you save images embedded in a Word document?

This is actually quite easy and only takes a minute of your time. The first method is easy if you have a short Word document with just a few images that you want to save. All you have to do is right click on the image in the document and select it Save as image from the displayed menu.

Export Word images

This works on Word in Office 2013, but apparently there is no option to save images in very old versions of Word. Try it and see.

The second method is to open the document in Word and then press the Prt Scr key. This copies the contents of the screen and saves it to the clipboard. You can then open a photo editor or paint program and paste. The free GIMP photo editor is great for this. Start GIMP, select Edit, paste as new imagethen use the rectangle selection tool and Crop to selection on the picture Menu. The image can then be saved.

Saving individual images is slow and tedious for long documents with a large number of images. Creating screenshots is also fiddly and time-consuming.

It is best to save the Word document as a web page. Go to File, Save Aschoose site in which Save as list and save them.

Export images to Word

This will save the text as an HTML file and also create a folder to hold all the images.


For some reason it saves the images twice when I do this. Once as a .png file and once as a .gif. It’s not a problem and both pictures are identical. The .gif images are not needed and can be deleted. PNG file format is better.

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