How to Convert Word Documents Into Images (jpg, png, gif, tiff)

Updated on January 3, 2018
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Need to convert your Word Document (or part of it) into an image? Microsoft Word itself has a function that will allow you to do so. Versions 2007 and better allow you to convert documents into images using 'paste special' and you will have the option to convert into jpeg, jpg, png and other formats of your choice.

This method is very simple and yields reasonable quality with a high resolution, which is much better than other doc-to-image converters available online. What's more, you have the option of converting any document into any type of graphic: jpg, tiff, png, or gif file format.

So stop wasting any of your time and money searching for scam converters when you can create an image without one using the following easy steps:

  1. Select what you'd like to save as an image.
  2. Copy your selection.
  3. Open a new document.
  4. Paste special.
  5. Select "Picture."
  6. Right click the resulting image and select "Save as Picture."
  7. Select your desired format from the dropdown menu.

The instructions below will walk you through each step.

1: Select What You'd Like to Save as an Image

Select all (shown here on Word 2016 for Mac)
Select all (shown here on Word 2016 for Mac)

If you would like to turn your entire document into an image, select all. You can do this by:

  • Typing Ctrl+A on a PC.
  • Typing command+A on a Mac.
  • Or selecting "Edit">"Select All" from the menu.

If you would only like to turn parts of your document into an image, select those objects with your cursor.

2: Copy Your Selection

Copy your selection
Copy your selection

Copy your selection. You can do this by:

  • Typing Ctrl+C on a PC.
  • Typing command+C on a Mac.
  • Right-clicking the selection and selecting "copy."
  • Or clicking on the copy icon in the standard toolbar.

3: Open New Document

Open a new blank Word document. (This is where your selection will be pasted as an image.)

4: Paste Special

Accessing paste special from the home ribbon (shown here on Word 2010 for PC)
Accessing paste special from the home ribbon (shown here on Word 2010 for PC)
Accessing past special from the edit menu (shown here on Word 2016 for Mac)
Accessing past special from the edit menu (shown here on Word 2016 for Mac)

In the Home tab, go to paste options by clicking on the downward arrow at the bottom of the button, then click on "paste special" as shown in the picture above. Alternately, you can select "edit">"paste special."

5: Select "Picture"

You will want to paste what's saved in your clipboard as a picture.
You will want to paste what's saved in your clipboard as a picture.

In the paste-special window, select "Picture (Enhanced Metafile)," as shown in the picture above, and click "OK."

An image of what you copied will be pasted in the document.

6: Right-Click and Select "Save as Picture"

Right-click on your new image and select "Save as Picture." To right-click on a Mac, hold the control key as you click.

7: Select Your Desired Format

Select what type of file you would like your picture to be. Here is what the menu will look like on a PC.
Select what type of file you would like your picture to be. Here is what the menu will look like on a PC.
Here is what the menu will look like on a Mac.
Here is what the menu will look like on a Mac.

Select your desired format from the dropdown menu and save it. You are done!

I recommend saving it as png if you want to upload it somewhere on Internet. It will give you best quality in a small-sized file.

If you Get a Black Background In the End?

If you get a black background in the final converted image after executing up till the last step, try saving the image again, as a png or tiff.

© 2012 StormsHalted

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      Steve 

      11 days ago

      Finally! A solution! After searching the web, this was the only one that worked!! Thanks much!

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      Mirleni 

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you so much. Worked perfectly and not something that's readily apparent!

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      Chuck1259 

      3 weeks ago

      Not what I wanted. Libre Office Does it with a click of a button. Open Office does this with an export. Word is the least friendly of the word processor programs.

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      4 weeks ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Try a converting to PNG instead.

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      Deri 

      4 weeks ago

      Tried it and some of the words and numbers did not render very well (word pic to JPG)

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      Ritaparna Roy 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi,

      In the new word document,after right clicking the object the "save as picture" option is not coming from the drop down menu

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      BeenThere216 

      7 weeks ago

      On Word 2007, there's no File or Edit but there is a Ribbon. Anyway, everything went smoothly to the point when I did Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C. My original image had text on it that I managed to insert with WordArt but when pasting that into another Word, the text was gone. Argh. And was unable to save as image in Word 2007 anyway.

      What eventually worked is pasting everything into Paint. Went in fine along with the text but turned out small. However since this image happened to be nearly perfect, I resized it (enlarged) and saved as PNG.

      The entire process is a pain but I love the results.

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      7 weeks ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Their might be a very clever work around to this:

      Increase the paper size from A4 to A3 or any other bigger then A4. Then also scale up your clipboard utilizing the new space available.

      You will get an image with increased resolution automatically.

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      PJS INNOVATIVE 

      7 weeks ago

      HI

      What do I do if the image is too small and I need it bigger it is showing up as 1400 x 560 and I need 3000 x3000

      I am at the limits of landscape orientation

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      7 weeks ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Yes, It will work for a single page only, for multiple pages you will have to do it once foe every page.

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      cei 

      7 weeks ago

      is it single page only?

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      F. Lewis 

      2 months ago

      Use printscreen Button on Keyboard to Copy Contents of Screen to Clipboard. Then Open paint program & use paste function to save it as Image.( we can use Control key & Plus key (+) to zoom before pressing printscreen).

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      josh 

      2 months ago

      how can i convert word presentation to image

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      3 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      If you convert it to a PNG, then the image of text will have a transparent background. I hope that is what you want.

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      Rebecca 

      3 months ago

      Is there a way to do this with just text, removing the white background?

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      Vipin 

      4 months ago

      There is another method for converting word to image. First save word file as .pdf. Then zoom the pdf to 200%.In the edit section 'take snapshot'.Then select all and copy.Open Windows Paint and paste. Save file as .PNG.This will give you a higher resolution image.

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      Vipin 

      4 months ago

      Does not work for MS Word 2007 as 'Save Picture as' option is not shown during right click. Works for MS Word 2010

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      Lorne 

      4 months ago

      You are brilliant! Saved me a ton of time and energy. Thanks!

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      Nzivo Mutune 

      5 months ago

      You sure got me out of the woods...

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      Lisa Vale 

      5 months ago

      I get down to the last step and when I right click on the image my drop down menu does not give me the same options. I'm using word 7. Is that my problem?

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      Muhammad Qasim Abbas 

      5 months ago

      My Document is not showing "Portable Network Graphics".

      What can be done??

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      5 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Yes, press the undo button.

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      Tania 

      5 months ago

      My document objects (table) are converted to images automatically. Is there a way to recover them?

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      Dave Rose 

      5 months ago

      Tried this with a Word file that is photo & text. Text portion comes out BLACK, with only photo showing. Tried JPG, TIFF and PNG, no luck....

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      Lisa Corkerry 

      5 months ago

      That was so helpful and easy to follow. Thanks so much!

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      Vijay 

      5 months ago

      Great Tip. Thank you so much!!

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      Greenish 

      5 months ago

      Very, very helpful. Thanks!

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      Richard 

      6 months ago

      I did what you suggested and placed all my content into a text box before I copied it so I could the desired image size I wanted.

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      Jay 

      7 months ago

      Thanks for this post!

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      8 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      It will only work for a single page.

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      kkk 

      8 months ago

      Worked great! The only thing was that when I inserted that image in mi design the quality of the png was very low.

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      Ray 

      8 months ago

      Hi StormsHalted,

      I tried and it seems it only works for single page Word file though. Is it possible to convert a multi-page Word file into a single (long) image file? Thanks!

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      katie 

      8 months ago

      this was SO helpful. Thank you.

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      Gaynor 

      8 months ago

      Thank you so much for this tip, I have been trying for ages as I wanted to flip the text so that I could print on transfer paper but could not find a way to save my document as a picture until now - very happy person

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      Danielle 

      8 months ago

      Thank you! Very helpful, I never would've figured out the 'save as picture' step.

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      Steph 

      8 months ago

      I tried this and its very low resolution, cannot print

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      Branka 

      9 months ago

      I tried but it pasts only one page and not all the pages I copied what am I doing wrong?

      Kind regards

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      Thank you so much! 

      9 months ago

      Thank you so much, it really saved me the trouble of printscreening and stuff.

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      Barb 

      9 months ago

      I don't have the "save as" picture option on my word. (Used to but don't see it now.) Any ideas?

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      ALI 

      10 months ago

      I LOVE YOUR EXPLANATION KEEP IT UP

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      10 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @Lyba:

      If you are getting a black background after conversion into jpeg then try to convert into PNG or TIF instead.

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      julie 

      10 months ago

      Trying to do this on a new iMac and in newest version of Word and I can not save as any type of jpeg or photo file. Not sure why. I followed all steps until Paste as... Then I only have Word Doc, Formatted Text, Unformatted Text, HTML format and PDF. Any advice? Thanks

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      Lyuba 

      10 months ago

      So, awesome I can finally change word to picture. Thank you for sharing this and for free.

      I am still stuck with black background after trying all the recommendations you have posted. What else can I do?

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      Pete 

      10 months ago

      It saves 6 pages to the clipboard but only pastes 1 page to the new document.

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      Carol Haislip 

      12 months ago

      Hi,This is great up until right click and save as picture. I have a 6 page document. I did what you said about opening each page separately and pasting it into the new document. When I right click on the new document, though, it is saving only the page that my curser is on when I right click. I have tried everything. Any ideas? Thanks.

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      Cheryl 

      13 months ago

      Thank you for writing this helpful article! Bless you!

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      Ravi Khanna 

      13 months ago

      Thank you! That was so simple and brilliant!

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      Chris 

      13 months ago

      Thank you so much. I found this very useful.

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      Greg 

      13 months ago

      Way to Go My Friend! You answered a very obscure question regarding converting my Excel 2010 file. Thank you so much!!!

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      Devourer of Love 

      13 months ago

      I have gone to several websites asking about this, and all the others were either going "Take a screenshot! Herp deerp!" or trying to push pay-to-use subscription based software.

      I didn't even know you could paste the contents of a document as an image. I actually learned something about MS-Word today!

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      Tony 

      14 months ago

      This is awesome, I didn't believe even as i got done.

      Thanks

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      ram 

      14 months ago

      How to make documents from image in excel..

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      MGH 

      14 months ago

      THANK YOU! Worked wonderfully and when I got the black background you were there again! Doing a huge party and would never have figured this out! Once I got in the groove it took no time at all! Appreciate google search too!

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      Tonya 

      14 months ago

      Worked like a charm! Thanks!

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      deepa 

      14 months ago

      thank you. it is very useful

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      Amy 

      15 months ago

      This is what I see...no option for picture??? Everything else has worked seamlessly as instructed. Why am I missing two fields at this point?

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      Seth 

      15 months ago

      This is fine for a small number of pages. Is there a solution that works well for a long document?

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      Jenn 

      15 months ago

      So easy. Thanks!

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      Debbie Stevens 

      15 months ago

      I can't find the edit drop down option on my tool bar?

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      RLK 

      16 months ago

      This does not work for Windows 10. On step # 6, when I right click the drop down shows cut, copy, paste, grouping, order, and so on, but no "save as picture." I've wasted an hour of my life trying to get this to work.

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      KB 

      16 months ago

      Dude, you are awesome! You saved me big time.

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      17 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Update:

      If you are getting a black background after conversion into jpeg then try to convert into PNG or TIF instead.

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      pritam 

      17 months ago

      awesome trick. Saved my day. Thank You.

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      Jan 

      17 months ago

      Thank you so much. I thought there had to be a way but no-one else would tell me!!!

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      Valerie 

      17 months ago

      Thank you, thank you! I used adobe to convert my doc to an image, but the quality wasn't all that great. The image created this way looks awesome, and was easy to do with your clear directions. I appreciate it!

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      Yvonne 

      17 months ago

      You are my savour. Thank you so much for the clear and easy to follow instructions and its FREE....

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      Lee Chaplin 

      18 months ago

      You beauty!!! This has been the stress of my life and this has just made things SO much easier! I cannot thank you enough.... No downloading, just free advice. Thank you!

      Lee

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      alisonward 

      18 months ago

      Thank you so much, StormsHalted! Your instructions are clear and simple to follow for newbies like me... I'm so grateful!!!

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      tonyo 

      18 months ago

      unfortunately, there is no option to "save picture as" in step six. this is for word 2007. any other suggestions? thanks.

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      Robert 

      18 months ago

      I've followed the steps exactly but when I open the final saved documents all I get is a completely black document - no image/content at all. Have reepeated the steps several times with the same result - what am I doing wrong? thx R.

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      Charly in SJ 

      18 months ago

      Thank you StormsHalted, and to all others who offered useful comments and suggestions! This process resolved a problem I had been struggling with off and on over several days! Very well written and laid out.

      And let me offer a "boo! hiss!" to the commenters who had problems but wouldn't even reply to @StormsHalted's followups. Yeesh! Some people! Getting indignant or even bitchy about free help.

      To end on a positive note -- thank you once again, and best success in all future endeavors!

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      Kaser 

      18 months ago

      Thank you so much

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      Vempatissn 

      18 months ago

      An excellent solution.

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      Felix 

      18 months ago

      Good job. You helped to end my headache. Everything worked perfectly every step of the way.

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      kate 

      19 months ago

      Awesome, totally worked, thank you!

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      19 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      You will have to select each page individually and then convert it. You can do it easily within 10 minutes for 05 pages.

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      GDW 

      19 months ago

      I wish it were that simple. I have a 5 page document & the method above only captures the 1st page, no matter how I set the margins.

      I have tried converting to PDF and then to JPEG and it cuts of the top and the edges. I have tried SnipIt and other ScreenShot programs and they take one page and that is all.

      Yes, I selected the ENTIRE document.

      Not sure if I am asking too much or I have some setting wrong, but I have spent over 5 hours trying to get this done. :-(

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      Peter Orji 

      20 months ago

      Thanks for the lesson

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      JAC 

      20 months ago

      Brilliant solution to a common problem, thank you

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      Abu Mus'ab 

      20 months ago

      You really assisted me to solve a problem I considered big. Many Thanks

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      StormsHalted 

      21 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      The answer to this is - No.

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      Donna Marshall 

      21 months ago

      Will this process allow several pages i.e. 83 page policy manual to convert to a single png?

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      21 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      This is the third comment about the same issue as you can see in the comments. On my PC I get a white background after the detailed process, I use windows 7 and Word 2013, It also works flawlessly on word 2016 on Mac, as you can see in the pictures.

      If you can e-mail me the screenshots of your steps I will try to remove the bug and make sure my readers always get the correct method.

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      Sonia 

      21 months ago

      I'm working on a photo collage for a yearbook on word and I hadn't found a way of saving the collage as a jpeg without the photo quality changing until I came across your article. Thank you so much! However, how can I get rid of the black background? I'm using Windows 7.

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      Tess 

      21 months ago

      One of the more elegant solutions I found. Thanks for your help!

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      Debra666 

      22 months ago

      Brilliant to learn something that in my brain comes from outer space!!! Thank you your a life saver xxx

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      StormsHalted 

      22 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Mail your converted images here: ali.khan909@yahoo.com, I will see it hopefully.

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      azfar 

      22 months ago

      when i convert it into jpeg format and save, it only shows some parts of the page and blacks out the rest of the picture. why is this happening?

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      Joel :-). 

      23 months ago

      Legendary!!

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      HK 

      24 months ago

      Thank you, lifesaver!!!

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      24 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      I get a transparent background in PNG pictures using this very same method and I use it regularly.

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      Ozcor 

      24 months ago

      Thanks for the tips, it works, but the PNG picture has a black background, whereas the original Word doc has a white background. Is there anything I can do about that?

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      DW 

      2 years ago

      Thank you, that was very helpful!

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      Tou 

      2 years ago

      Very helpful, Thanks!

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      Meenie 

      2 years ago

      I have word 2017 and don't have the option to "paste special"

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @me, It works with whatever you have selected, be it text or image.

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      StormsHalted 

      2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      You will have to convert both pages separately. If you copy the whole of your document and then convert it according to the procedure only first page will be converted.

      So convert one page at a time.

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      kerry 

      2 years ago

      It only converts one page of my document, but I need both pages to be converted. Why is this? How can I fix this?

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      me 

      2 years ago

      for some reason it is only pasting the image and not the text

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      Sam 

      2 years ago

      Wonderful tip...Thanks a bunch

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