Sunday, December 6, 2009

 

How to EXTRACT & SAVE PICTURE From an Microsoft Word (MS Word) Document

All the top googled webpages on this topic do it wrong or require special software, so this is important advice. The hard part is to save the undegraded, full-quality, image file that is entangled in the MS-Word document. I finally found that WebCoolTips does aone of its three methods right, so here it is.

MS Word, typically stupid, provides no obvious way to do this. One's first thought for a workaround is to Save As the file as an HTML file with embedded images. MS Word does that, and even saves every single one of the images in both a big and a small size. That's just a devious Microsoft trick. The big-sized image is still much worse than the original-- 4 to 10 times as small, by my two trials. You need to do something different. (The HTML approach, by the way is what you get from the official Microsoft support site---idiots! They'd make more profit if they spent a little more and hired talented staff.)

Here is what to do.

  1. Launch Microsoft Office Picture Manager (It was provided with my version of MS Office, in a subfolder named something like "Accessories")

  2. Open your MS Word Document.

  3. Right click and copy your image.

  4. Go to Picture Manager

  5. Browse to the folder of your choice, and do Edit-paste to save the clipboard content as an image.

  6. Go to that folder to get your image.

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