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

Updated on May 31, 2016
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The Author is an undergrad electrical engineering student continually facing challenging doses of higher engineering mathematics!

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.

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      Lee Chaplin 12 days 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 12 days 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 13 days 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

      Thank you so much

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      Vempatissn 3 weeks ago

      An excellent solution.

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      Felix 4 weeks ago

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

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      kate 5 weeks ago

      Awesome, totally worked, thank you!

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      StormsHalted 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 2 months ago

      Thanks for the lesson

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      JAC 2 months ago

      Brilliant solution to a common problem, thank you

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      Abu Mus'ab 3 months ago

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

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      StormsHalted 3 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      The answer to this is - No.

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      Donna Marshall 3 months ago

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

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      StormsHalted 3 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 3 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 4 months ago

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

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      Debra666 4 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 4 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

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

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      azfar 4 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 :-). 5 months ago

      Legendary!!

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      HK 6 months ago

      Thank you, lifesaver!!!

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      StormsHalted 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

      Thank you, that was very helpful!

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      Tou 7 months ago

      Very helpful, Thanks!

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      Meenie 7 months ago

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

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      StormsHalted 8 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

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

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      StormsHalted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

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      Sam 8 months ago

      Wonderful tip...Thanks a bunch

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      anne 8 months ago

      thanks for this

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      MCB 9 months ago

      man that was great i spent half a day to save a word file as a JPEG picture but couldnt save it as the same quality. now i could. thanx a lot for the instrucions.

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      Nuria 11 months ago

      "Ctrl+A" does not work when file has headers/footers; these are not selected when doing select all.

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      Shereen 12 months ago

      I would like to thank you from the core of my heart!

      My doc is a beautiful picture now with high res and its been happily added to the email. Made my day :)

      Bless you. Much love.

      Shereen.

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      StormsHalted 12 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      You can convert whole page by selecting all of it but at present you cannot convert whole documents using this method. I will update this if I find a way out.

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      Klaus 12 months ago

      No solution for complete documents, including all pages with header and footer.

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      Nasrin 13 months ago

      Thanks. Very clear explanation!

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      naz 14 months ago

      thank you so much

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      StormsHalted 15 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Screenshots are from word 2016 for Mac which show the save as option available in the screenshots in step 6.

      I have word 2013 for windows on my pc as well which has the save as option.

      Please tell precisely which version you are using?

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      Stager 15 months ago

      Step 6 "Save as Picture" option is no longer available on the menu...I see that many people are having that issue. Do you know why and how to work around it?

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      17 months ago

      Thank you!!! Very helpful

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      StormsHalted 18 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Yes as the menu shows tiff is not an option in Mac, however if you use windows there is a option to print the entire document in tiff using Microsoft document image writer from the printing options. You can try this if it is available in Mac.

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      wendy 18 months ago

      worked well until the end- tiff is not an option and that's what i need (on my mac). :/

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      dave 21 months ago

      Thanks for this. All worked fine till i tried to save [as TIFF] - then i got 'there was an error saving the file'..

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      ISG 21 months ago

      GREAT tip! Thanks!

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      Carolynne 21 months ago

      Yahoooooo and thank you!!!!

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      ash 21 months ago

      thanks

      i got result in second time

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      StormsHalted 22 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      You can try saving it in any other format png is not necessary.

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      Pk 22 months ago

      I am complete up to steep no.5 but in the save time I can't find portable network graphic so how to do save after step no.5 please give me instruction. Thank you

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      Alex B 23 months ago

      Thank you!

      I tried a lot with so many softwares, but your solution is tha fastest and smartest.

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      Padmajah Badri 23 months ago from India

      Nice explanation and well written ..Thank you

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      Madan 23 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      excellent post

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      monia ben saad 23 months ago from In my Dream

      thank you for this hub and good explanation

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 23 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Informative and helpful. I will give it a try. Shared and voted up.

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      StormsHalted 2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      You must have selected the whole page ...... try selecting the table only.

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      Dana 2 years ago

      Everything is okay, except one thing: when a table is saved as tiff, following your kind instructions, the "picture table" is bigger than the original one. On the right side and below the table is a wide empty space I can't shrink it or remove it. How to get a picture table with its original margins? Thanks a lot for your advice.

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      DonellMcGriff LM 2 years ago

      Just tried it out, thanks.

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      fahad 2 years ago

      Thankyou very much....you are the man..

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      StormsHalted 2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Thanks a Lot Montego and Peter Oh ...... instructions have been revised to avoid this confusion.

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      Montego 147 2 years ago

      Your the Man - alikhan3

      As I don't have Photoshop, I created a lovely picture collage in Word of one of my sons Rugby matches, which I wanted to print with Snappy Snap, as they could not print from Word documents I was asked to convert file to jpeg.

      Tried using online conversion tools but they just screwed up the formatting, until I stumbled upon this article.

      Like some previous commentators I initially struggle, as "Step 2" would not work for me, due to multiple objects in doc so I simply did:

      Ctrl-C (copy)

      Also as "Peter Oh" a previous commentator, said "Step 5" copies the image to the original Word document, I spent a while looking for the clipboard in Word, not noticing the image had been overlaid on my collage.

      Hence to avoid confusion you can simply insert a new blank page in Word before doing "Step 5", that way you will clearly see the new image.

      Which you can then simply right click on and save as a jpg file.

      Thanks alikhan3 for writing the article, this has done the job for me.

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      Peter Oh 2 years ago

      Worked quite well for me.

      BUT because I experimented saving as .jpg & then as .jpg(with metadata); I ended up with 3 pictures on my original Word file which obviously needed to be cleaned up if I wished to retain it.

      Seems the original Word doc acts as the clipboard.

      When I selected clipboard - nothing!!

      It works but the later part is not intuitive & it should be.

      Thanks for the article.

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      Evee 2 years ago

      Thanks, Works like a charm!!!!!

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      2 years ago

      I need my picture to save as a JPEG, but whenever I choose that option, the picture is just all black. However, this process works completely fine if I save it as a PNG.

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      StormsHalted 2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      what are the options you see ....... ?

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      euallia 2 years ago

      I can't even get past the paste special because I only have three options and none of them are the ones you claim will show up...this was TOTALLY USELESS

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      StormsHalted 2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Were you able to execute step 5 correctly? (An image should be pasted on the clipboard)

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      JV 2 years ago

      I can't do the final step, number 6. The option to "Save As Picture..." when I right-click the image does not show at all.

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      StormsHalted 2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Its simple .... highlight or select the text or any thing you intend to convert to image then right click and select ............ "Copy".

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      Mark T 2 years ago

      ridiculous - useless article. I want to know HOW to convert a Word doc to an image - all the first point says is to "1.Copy whole of you document or anything you want to convert into image." Yes, BUT HOW???? That's the whole point of the article and it's not explained.

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      Very nice site!

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      Ben 3 years ago

      It changes the quality to way low, and I don't know how to fix it.

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