I have imported a HTML report into word by opening it (open index.html in Word) and copy / paste the result as an annex into my Doc.

It worked fine, except that all the images (200 of them) are actually links to the images on my hard drive. Hence, when I send the document to my co-workers, they don't have the images.

How can I tell MS-Word to embed these images into the document itself?

If you have the procedure to do it for one image, I might be able to record a macro or write a visual-basic macro.

  • Embedding 200 images would probably make your document much larger, since, in my experience, Word would convert them to bitmaps, uncompressed bitmaps
    – pavium
    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:02
  • Yes, I know that. But I have no choice. I has to be a single document (even a huge one). I cannot deliver a folder with images together with this document. Jun 9, 2011 at 12:49
  • I see your problem. Maybe this explains the popularity of presentation software like Powerpoint.
    – pavium
    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:54
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    What about a PDF version ? Or you can embed your images directly in the HTML file (using data: and base64).
    – Nicolas
    Jun 9, 2011 at 13:09
  • I had the same problem with Word 365: NOTHING helped. I have tried full 2 hours to solve the problem. In the end, I used the fact that .docx files are ZIP files with XML files in it: I extracted the .docx file, patched two XML files and added the images to the ZIP (.docx) file. After that, Word complained that the file is damaged but that it is possible to restore it. After clicking "yes, restore", the result was perfect and the images were embedded. It took only ~ 10 minutes. ... and it seems to be the only way working with Word 365! Mar 20, 2023 at 17:39

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I found the solution here, the keyword was "unlinking images".

Here is the procedure for Word 2007.

  1. Press Ctrl+A to select the entire document.
  2. Click the large Microsoft Office button in the top left corner, select Prepare, then click Edit Links to Files (or press Alt+E+K).
    All links should be selected—if they're not, then make sure you've saved the document as a *.doc file, OR select all the files listed by scrolling to the end of the list and then using Shift+click to select the last in the range.
  3. Select the Save picture in Document check box.
  4. Click OK.
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    I'm happy, I now have my HUGE document ... Jun 9, 2011 at 13:27
  • +1 I did not know about this option. I actually wrote a macro in answer to your question but by the time I finished you had found your solution.
    – James P
    Jun 9, 2011 at 14:09
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    In Word 2013 a link to the "Edit Links to Files" menu is available from the Related Documents section on the bottom right of the Info screen. Note that you can cick "Break Link" at the same time that you check "Save picture in document" which will convert the linked images to unlinked embedded images and the "Edit Links to Files" link should then disappear.
    – Lilienthal
    Mar 1, 2017 at 11:15
  • In Word 2016 for Mac, this option is under "Edit > Links…".
    – Sean
    Aug 14, 2020 at 21:45

In Word 2010:

Click File > Info > Edit Links To Files (Edit Links is in the Related Documents section on the bottom right). This opens the Links dialog.

Select all the links in Links dialog, and then click Break Link.

Note: Edit Links To Files only shows once a document has been saved to disk, and when the document contains links to other files.

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    I wonder how I could not find it on my own. Jul 31, 2017 at 13:14
  • It appears to me that you have to use the "save picture in document" on the "Links" dialog. So select all links (click on the first one, scroll to bottom of link list, Ctrl+click to select all) then select the "Save picture in document" checkbox (bottom left of Links dialog). Click OK. Then wait a while until all pictures are downloaded into the document and you are returned to the File, Info page. Return to doc and click on a picture, and the URL will not be displayed on bottom left of window. Note that if you go the Links dialog again, the source URLs will still be there, but pix are local. Jan 4, 2018 at 1:22

I use LibreOffice and there is a function Edit/Links/Break link.

But I looked in MSO (I have here only 2010 Starter, which use only occasionally) and if you right click on image and choose Remove hyperlink, it seems to work in the same way.


Instead of just linking, from the start click drop down and use Insert and Link. You can compress pictures for the web with picture format ribbon. You can update pictures when the doc is back on your computer by selecting all links and click update now.

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