MS Word comes with a range of features like grammar check, spell check, HTML support, and page layouts to name a few. These features help their users to work on documents with ease. Users are able to add different types of data (like images beside text) in their documents created using MS Word.
Have you ever thought of extracting images from a Word document? Is this possible using MS Word? The answer is YES. In this article, I will make you familiar with different ways by which you can extract images from Word.
Extracting Images from Word
As soon as an image is included in a document, that image becomes a part of that document, and extracting it for reuse is not an easy task. But, MS Word provides you with different methods to extract images embedded in a Word document. Let us go through different methods.
Method 1 – Save the document as an HTML file
This is the simplest and most comfortable way to extract all the images from the MS Word document. Follow these steps to extract images using this method.
- Open the document in MS Word from which you want to extract the images.
- Save the document as a web page by clicking on Save As -> Other Formats option from the Office Button on the left-hand corner of the screen.
- On clicking Other Formats, the following dialog box will appear on your screen.
- In the “Save as type” dropdown list select the Web Page Avoid selecting the Web Page Filtered option as saving the file may reduce the image resolution.
- Select the location where you want the file to be saved and click the Save
- Now, go to the location where you have saved the file as a web You will find your saved file in HTM file format and a folder with the same name as that of the file.
- Open the folder. You will be able to see all the image files in this folder. Copy the images as per your choice.
Method 2 – Make a Zip File
The second method to do the same is to make a zip file for the document from which you want to extract the images. To use this method of image extraction, follow the following steps.
- Locate your file using File Explorer (WIN + E).
- In the menu bar click on View The following toolbar will appear on the screen.
- In this click on the File Name Extensions option in the Show/hide section.
- On clicking this, file names will be displayed along with their extensions in the file explorer.
- Now, select the file and click on the Home Tab. Make sure that you have not opened your file in MS Word at this point of time.
- In the Home Tab select rename.
- You may alternately right click on the file and select the rename option.
- Now, change the extension of the file from .docx to .zip. The following prompt will be displayed on the screen.
- Click on Yes.
- Now, double-click to open the zip file.
- Open the word folder.
- Now, click on the media folder.
- This is the folder where all the images embedded in the Word document are located. Have a look below.
- Now, you can cut or copy any or all images from here to any other folder.
- Hence, your images are extracted from the Word document easily once again.
Method 3 – Copy-Paste method
If you want to extract a fewer number of images then the above two methods described become a bit lengthy. An easier alternative to those methods is the copy-and-paste method. In order to copy images using this method, follow the following steps:
- Open the document in MS Word.
- Copy the image by both clicking on the image and pressing Ctrl + C or alternatively by right-clicking on the image and using the copy option there.
- Next, you need to open any of the image processing software say Photoshop or Paint for example.
- Now paste the image using Ctrl + V option or by selecting the Paste option in the home tab.
- Now, save the image using Ctrl + S or by clicking on the save button.
NOTE: – Using this method will retain the resolution of the image being copied, but it will reduce the size of the image. In order to maintain the size of the original image, you need to opt for one of the two previously described methods.
Method 4 – Using Free Tools Available Online
There are a few free tools available online for extracting images from documents. You can make use of these tools to make things easy. Programs like Office Image Extraction Wizard can be of great help.
In order to be able to use this tool, you need to download it first. It is freeware and is easily downloadable. Once downloaded, follow the following steps to extract images using this tool.
- Run the tool by double-clicking on it.
- A welcome screen will appear. In the welcome screen click on Next
- Now, select the document from which you want to extract the images by clicking on the folder icon beside the document In the dialog box which appears, locate your file and click on the Open button.
- Then, select the Output Folder. This is the folder where you want your images to be extracted. If you want to create a new folder at the destination, you need to tick the “Create a folder here” checkbox. Now, click on the Next
- The next screen which is displayed is the Ready to Start Click on the Start Button to start the extraction process.
- On clicking Start, the extraction process starts and the images are extracted to the destination folder.
- Once the process is complete, you can view the extracted images by clicking on the link “Click Here to open the destination folder” in the Finished Screen. Clicking this link will open the folder and all the extracted images will be displayed here.
- Once you are done, click on the Close Button to close the wizard.
Now you have the extracted images in the destination folder. Go ahead and use the images as you like. But do take care of the permissions associated with the images you use.
To Sum Up
Listed above are a few methods in order to extract images from a word document which I have tried for myself too. You can use either of these methods to extract images embedded in the document as per your requirements. So go ahead and try these now.