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I have a few embedded images in a Microsoft Word document, is there anyway to copy the images out as jpeg files?

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If you are using Word 2007 you can open *.docx in 7-zip, since it is basically just a zip archive. Images are located in folder word\media. A bit more direct approach to saving as html but obviously won't work in older versions of Word.

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I did not know this, nice tip! :) – techtechmo Sep 14 '09 at 12:43
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Although Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V is a good approach, but a better way is to save the MS word file as webpage, and get the jpg file.

The reason I said this is because Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V will generate a resolution loss in the picture. OTOH, if you save the Microsoft Word to HTML, then all the image size, and the original picture resolution will be preserved.

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+1 a nice way to extract all the images at once – Ben Sep 14 '09 at 11:22
If the image has been resized when inserted into Word then the JPEG image will be a lower quality resized image. This is particularly noticeable for screen grabs containing text. Word 2007 also produces a full size PNG image with 'Save as Web Page' which will be the original quality. As T Kaltnekar pointed out, this is also available by opening the .docx file in 7-Zip. – pelms Sep 14 '09 at 13:06
very nice! +1 ... – studiohack Jun 21 '10 at 3:37

Just copy and paste them into an image editing program (even ms paint will do) and then save as a jpeg.

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Select the image and copy it to clipboard in the normal fashion (either Ctrl+C, or click "Edit" then "Copy".

Next, go in to Accessories > Microsoft Paint, (Windows Flag+R / Start > Run then type "mspaint")

Next hit Ctrl+V or "Edit" then "paste"

Save the file and done!

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Select the picture, then Ctrl+C to copy onto the clipboard. Then paste it into your image editing program of choice and save it from there.

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Copy-paste from Word to another software (e.g. PowerPoint, Irfanview as suggested above) results in reduced resolution image in most cases (Word adjusts the resolution according to the page layout). Using 7zip as suggested works nicely, but if you don't have it, you can also rename a .docx file to .zip file and then use Windows capability of looking into contents - look for a folder called "media".

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Right click -> Save Picture...

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