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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, 2009 at 12:43
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    You can also rename the .docx file to .zip and open it in the file explorer. Dec 22, 2016 at 15:57
  • one other option is right click on the picture. Format Menu -> Adjust Group -> Reset Picture (dropdown) -> Reset Picture and Size. This will bring the original picture back in the file. Now copy it ctrl+c and paste ctrl+v anywhere you like with original full resolution. This also can be done through right click on picture -> size and position context menu -> click reset button. this will bring original size. now ctrl+c and ctrl+v. press ctrl +z (undo) to bring it back to the previous version as it was in the document.
    – ihightower
    Dec 20, 2019 at 4:04
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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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  • 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, 2009 at 13:06
  • very nice! +1 ...
    – studiohack
    Jun 21, 2010 at 3:37
  • +1 I think this solution is better because you can see the images in the context.
    – fatihpense
    Oct 6, 2017 at 10:00
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    one other option is right click on the picture. Format Menu -> Adjust Group -> Reset Picture (dropdown) -> Reset Picture and Size. This will bring the original picture back in the file. Now copy it ctrl+c and paste ctrl+v anywhere you like with original full resolution. This also can be done through right click on picture -> size and position context menu -> click reset button. this will bring original size. now ctrl+c and ctrl+v. press ctrl +z (undo) to bring it back to the previous version as it was in the document.
    – ihightower
    Dec 20, 2019 at 4:04
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Right click -> Save Picture...

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  • Simple, and keeps the original resolution. Feb 17, 2017 at 14:30
  • this is a good solution.. but i wish there is a right click -> save picture to clipboard :-) saving the picture is a pain in the you know what!
    – ihightower
    Dec 20, 2019 at 4:00
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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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  • This way you get a low-resolution image. Feb 17, 2017 at 14:31
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    Yup, very old suggestion some of the others are much better. I like the save as web page option.
    – Col
    Feb 20, 2017 at 12:26
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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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    This way you get a low-resolution image. Feb 17, 2017 at 14:30
  • @JoseGómez - unless changed in recent versions, you get the original - so, if pasted in to word, it keeps the size meta data. If pasted in to pain, it has the original image. Mar 17, 2017 at 14:02
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    At least with Office 2010, you get a low-resolution image. Not sure if that has been fixed in later versions. Mar 20, 2017 at 12:42
  • Copy and Paste gets you a rather useless low-res image. I am currently using Word for Office 365 16.x and don't recall that this ever worked and differently. I have to admit, though, that my memory gets a bit cloudy when we go back to Windows NT and earlier versions ....
    – cdonner
    Mar 20, 2019 at 15:10
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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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