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If I import an .eps picture to Microsoft Word as normal, the quality
of the vector picture comes down (the image gets rasterised.

In this case, the EPS was produced with the pgfplot package and tikzpicture,
But it would be great to have a general way of importing PDFs, PSs or EPSs into Word.

So, how can I import .eps/.pdf/.ps to MS Word without losing quality?

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migrated from May 19 '12 at 14:34

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This question seems to be off-topic. You should probably try to ask this question on a Microsoft Word forum, not a TeX forum. Also, a google search for "import eps to word" yields many results. The basic technique is to select Insert>Object>From File...>select your eps file. – JohnReed May 18 '12 at 4:33
I flagged this question for migration to Super User. – doncherry May 18 '12 at 12:16
It might just be the screen rendering that produces of lower quality. Try exporting to PDF (or even printing if you want to waste paper) and look at and zoom in on the figure to see if the resolution really has been reduced. Perhaps try to even just zoom in the document itself, but if it still looks bad, this won't rule out screen rendering bugs/features in Word. – Daniel Andersson May 19 '12 at 15:05

If you simply insert the .eps file in word as an image it will look bad in Word, but when you print it to paper it will utilize the vector graphics and it looks fine.

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It looks fine, but it really is linearized, meaning it introduces edges if you look closely. – John Feb 21 at 15:16

I would not depend on Word to manage the quality of the image. Use the right tool for the job. I would export the image from an illustration program in the desired size as a GIF or PNG file and put that into Word. Then you avoid Word extrapolation, scaling, and proportion issues. Much the same with bitmap images like photos. If you size the image inside Word you reduce quality and increase file size.

OpenOffice has a Windows version as well and it'd free. Both it and Word are word processing programs, not image editing tools.

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Rasterization means losing quality, which is not what the user asked about. – einpoklum Jan 9 '15 at 15:06
I also find that even at 300DPI Word still buggers up the quality of bitmap files. – Jonny Jan 27 at 8:23

Convert the .eps file to .emf (Enhanced MetaFile, a spool file format used in printing by Microsoft software). There are several ways to do this conversion; for example by using the following webservice:

In my experience, .emf files are the only way to reliably embed vector graphics in several Word versions on Mac and Windows.

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That works, and eps support indeed doesn't (it's linearized). – John Feb 21 at 15:15

You can import eps file to open office. Then save open office file as .doc file. Now open .doc file in word. Copy the figure and paste it where ever you want in the another word file.

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you right. but when do this work, The quality of figure comes down. – sayros May 18 '12 at 4:44
If it posible I sent my eps file to your email and check be my Microsft word has problem. this is my email thanks. – sayros May 18 '12 at 4:47
Can you use open office in linux. Then quality will not come down. – sandu May 18 '12 at 4:56
I work with Microsoft windows 7. – sayros May 18 '12 at 5:09

Don't open or import directly. If it's Word 2013 (v15), under the tab of "Insert", click "Pictures" icon and browse to your eps file. If the eps files was originally created in vector, it won't be rasterised.

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Won't be rasterized, but linearized - meaning you can make out edges there weren't there in the original. – John Feb 21 at 15:13

As noted above, when printing everything will be converted to vector form this raster picture is only for fast scrolling. You can try to click on the image and right-click to edit the image and word will convert the image from *.emf the word clip art. (But things can go wrong :( From my experience the only vector format that Word supports is the *.emf. I use Inkscape to convert SVG,Dxf,PDF,PS to EMF

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This duplicates another answer and adds no new content. Please don't post an answer unless you actually have something new to contribute. – DavidPostill Apr 18 at 11:01

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