How to Convert Word Documents Into Images (jpg, png, gif, tiff)
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:
- Select what you'd like to save as an image.
- Copy your selection.
- Open a new document.
- Paste special.
- Select "Picture."
- Right click the resulting image and select "Save as Picture."
- 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
If you would like to turn your entire document into an image, select all. You can do this by:
- Pressing Ctrl+A on a PC.
- Pressing command+A on a Mac.
- Pressing Shift+Ctrl+End to select from the cursor position till the end of the document.
- 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.
Do note that contents selected on a single page only will be converted to an image. So to convert multiple pages you will have to select each of their contents and follow the steps separately.
2: 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
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"
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 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. Else try opening the converted image file through MS Paint.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Is there a way to convert Word documents into images if my version of Word doesn't offer the "Paste Special" option (only Paste)?
The "Paste Special" option is available in all versions of MS Word above 2007; I have 2016 right now and the option is available. In case it is not available, you will not be able to follow the process.Helpful 43
I had a watermark on the document that I was trying to save, however after following the steps the watermark was not visible. How can this be fixed when converting my Word document into an image?
In order to have the watermark in the image after the 'Paste Special' step, you will have to select the whole of the page or the document using ctrl+A. The watermark should appear in the pasted image thereafter.Helpful 1
How do I repair a jpg that saved entirely dark?
Try saving as a PNG.Helpful 8
My source Word 2010 page had a border created by Word. Is there any way to select that, so it converts?
Yes, you can convert to images with borders by following the same method but with a slight addition.
You need to flex page margins to the very edges of the page, such that the page border now falls within the margins instead of outside the margins.
Next place a dot at the 'topmost corner' of the page and the 'bottom most corner' of the page.
Press Ctrl + A to select all of the page and then follow the process in the article to convert to image, if you get a black background, save as PNG and open the image file in MS Paint.Helpful 18
How do I convert the Word document into an image if my document has multiple pages? I tried to follow the steps but only the first page is being pasted.
The process works for a single page only, you may however try to increase page size.Helpful 13
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