I have some images in a Word document that I want to save. However, the 'Save as Picture' option that usually appears when you right-click on an image in Word is not available:

Right-click menu on image

My images are in a table - does this make a difference? I have tried moving them out of the table but the save option still isn't there.

  • It looks as though you have highlighted the frame, not the image. Have you tried copy/paste? – AFH Oct 28 '14 at 16:28
  • Interesting...I have tried right-clicking all over it, including as close to the edge as possible, but can't work out how to highlight the actual picture instead. If I paste it into another Word doc, it looks the same and still doesn't have the save option on right-click. – Abbie Oct 28 '14 at 16:30

Based on the inclusion of "Edit Points" in the context menu, I'd say that graphic is SmartArt and/or a form of Shape, and not just an embedded image.

Save your picture or SmartArt graphic as a .gif, .png, or .jpg file

You can save a picture or SmartArt graphic in a graphics file format such as Graphics Interchange Format (.gif), JPEG File Interchange Format (.jpg), or Portable Network Graphics Format (.png).

  1. Click the picture or SmartArt graphic that you want to save in a graphics file format.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Copy.
  3. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow under Paste, and then click Paste Special.
  4. In the Paste Special dialog box, in the As list, click Picture (GIF), Picture (PNG), or Picture (JPEG).
  5. Right-click the graphic, and then click Save as Picture.
  6. Type a name for your graphic file, browse to the location where you want to save the file, and then click Save.



You can also save the picture using the following basic steps:

  1. Save the document as a webpage save dialog

  2. Open the webpage and save the picture, browser with image open

  • very innovative. – Sanu_012 Jul 5 '20 at 15:30

The answer provided by @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 is very good, the only thing I would add is that you may also be able to:

  1. Ungroup the Object - note, all parts of it will become Selected when you've done this
  2. Change your selection so that only the "pure" graphic is selected - this may be awkward, welcome to Word
  3. You may now be able to Save as picture - or you may find that a few levels of grouping have been done

I was going to add this as a comment but I can't atm because I don't have enough rep.


easy solution.... use your snipping tool to capture the image then paste it back into the same document...that will then allow you to make it a saved picture by right clicking or save it from within the snip tool to a picture.

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