I am trying to export an image with overlayed texboxes, arrows and shapes as a single image with a dpi of >300.

At the moment I am exporting as a pdf and copying the image to Paint.NET. However, the image quality is reduced this way.

I had thought that I could use 'select object' and 'group' to do this but the background image is not selected when I try this.

Does any one know a way of doing this?

This is not a duplicate of:

Can I export a PNG image from Word?


Copy Image Out Of Microsoft Word

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    Pain.net? Sounds unpleasant!!! :) – Dave May 13 '14 at 11:34
  • Could you not just a print screen if you don't do this often? – Dave May 13 '14 at 11:34
  • When you say "the background image is not selected" do mean that the image is set as a page background? – CLockeWork May 13 '14 at 11:43
  • @CLockeWork no I can select it (or, crop resize etc) if it's selected but I cannot select it as well as a text box (using control or select group). – atomh33ls May 13 '14 at 12:18

Here's a simple solution that works in Office 2013. You'll have to try it out to see if it works in 2007.

  1. Select all the elements you want by holdiing Ctrl and clicking each element
  2. Copy the whole thing and paste it back onto your word doc
  3. In the paste options selector choose Image

(Note that all elements will need to have their Wrap text (under Format) setting set to Infront of Text or Behind Text)

Once you've done this you can either copy the image and paste it to Paint.net, or better yet right click on it and select Save as Image, which allows you to save it as a proper image, in a number of formats, and means no loss of quality (assuming you go for PNG)

Here's one I made... well, just now:


I discovered that if you insert an image, and add a textbox, and try to select them both it won't allow it. Ensure that all elements have their Wrap text setting (under the format tab) set to In Front of or Behind Text. I've updated my answer accordingly.

  • Thanks. Unfortunately it will not let me select both the image and text box that way. Perhaps it is a Word 2007 thing... – atomh33ls May 13 '14 at 12:14
  • Also, to confirm, the image is not a page background - it can be selected, cropped resized etc – atomh33ls May 13 '14 at 12:15
  • Just to be clear, in what order are trying to select the objects? – CLockeWork May 13 '14 at 13:02
  • @atomh33ls, I've added an update to my answer as I fonud a way to replicate your inability to select multiple objects. – CLockeWork May 13 '14 at 13:10
  • HI @atomh33ls, did this work in the end? Would be good to know if the solution works in 2007. – CLockeWork May 15 '14 at 9:33

I had the same problem. I've resolved it by

  1. Not Grouping the text and image
  2. Click Select in the Home menu and then click Select All
  3. Click Paste in the Home menu and then click Paste Special
  4. From the Paste Special drop down menu options click Picture (Enhanced Metafile)
  5. Click OK and then you should have an image with the text boxes all pasted into one image file in word which you can then copy and paste into other applications.

In order for this method to work, all of the objects must be set to appear either behind or in front of the text on the page.

While holding Ctrl, click to select all of the objects simultaneously. When selecting the text boxes, be sure to click on the edge/border so that the entire object is highlighted. Once everything is highlighted, right click and select "Group" from the context menu (screenshot below).

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After you click group, there should now be one large box around all of the objects. This single object can now be copied and pasted to different applications. If you paste it into another MS Office app, you will still be able to select the individual objects and upgroup them if you wish. If paste it into PowerPoint and right click the single grouped object, the context menu will have an option for "Save as Picture..." I'm not sure why the context menu in Word does not have this option but I'm sure there is a way to do it without PowerPoint.

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  • Word only allows you to save as picture if you don't group the objects. – CLockeWork May 13 '14 at 14:41
  • @CLockeWork Right, that's why I suggest pasting it into PowerPoint. – SenorButtons May 13 '14 at 14:52
  • But why would you suggest aditional steps when you can do it all in one place by just not grouping the objects first? – CLockeWork May 15 '14 at 9:32
  • @CLockeWork, Ah, now I understand what you're saying. So I tried it again: I selected multiple ungrouped objects in Word but I still don't see "Save as picture..." in the context menu. – SenorButtons May 15 '14 at 13:03
  • You need to convert it into a picture within Word first, have a look at my answer, the steps are detailed there :) – CLockeWork May 15 '14 at 13:40

perhaps not as MS intended, but it was my way of working "around", as all other techniques mentioned here did not work in my case. The situation, document heavy on text, starting to add a schematic explanation. An image here and there, arrows, Word graphs, colors, text boxes, grouped elements, putting things to the front of text, other to the back, well a little of everything. The problem: During general text editing, of course, the positions of the individual elements of my bigger picture start to change (&^%$#!), elements were jumping around and to figure out how the get it all back into place, oh brother!

Solution: Open a new document, grabbed the photos, the grouped items and copied them over to the new doc. Arranged all as needed, increased the over image size to the maximum on the documents capacity...and....PrntScr! Went back to the original document, Ctrl V, cropped what is not needed (portions of the screen), and enlarged the image as needed! Voila! Surprisingly, there was much less of a quality loss than I expected to be. It as quick fix if you do not need high res. Cheers!


I think I just got lucky in finding a way to do this as I have very basic computer skills! I was designing a card and had lots of layers of text boxes and photos. I just right clicked on the outer text box and selected 'make default text box. You can then copy and paste it without losing any positioning of layers but still make the box and contents smaller / bigger etc as one.

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