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Extracting pictures from Word

Most Word users do not reference pictures (Insert Picture > From File... > Select: Link to File), but just use the default Insert, which copies the file into the document. For these pictures very often the source can not be found anymore!

Whatever method you will use: The first step must be to ungroup grouped objects to get access to the desired source object.

Method 1: Copy and Paste

If you can afford to have no separate picture file (which in most cases is not a good idea) you may use the standard Windows feature Copy and Paste. However, the result heavily depends on the target application. Very often you also loose colour information from images with a deep colour space.. The following pictures were taken from screenshots:

Appearance in Word Pasted to PaintShop Pro Pasted to Snagit Editor
Millions of colours Only 256 colours left Only 16 colours left

When pasting into FrameMaker, do not paste into an anchored frame. Just paste into a text location. This will create an anchored frame of type "At Insertion Point" which you can change to the desired type. In some cases, however, you also will not all colours into FrameMaker …

Method 2: Save the file as HTML

This method is described at www.gmayor.com.

Method 3: use a special utility

Office Image Exporter is a small utility with just the pupose to extract images from Word and other Office applications.

In my opinion the results from this utility is worth it's price (USD 30.-).

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