Extracting Images from a Word Document – Very Easy

I know some people may wonder why I am explaining this. I have run across several people lately that were unaware that it is easy to extract images from Word. This industry is involved with a lot of guest blogging, so I  thought I would offer this tip and help people save time.

Extracting images from Word is very quick and easy and I am going explain how.

Start With an Open Document

Once you have a document open you want to save it as a Web Page, Filtered:

Web page filtered Extracting Images from a Word Document   Very Easy


A Folder is Created

When you have saved a document as a “Web Page, Filtered” a folder is created in the location you choose to save the “Web Page” in. This folder will hold all the images that were in the document. Here is how the folder will look after being saved as a web page. The folder name is the same as the title of the document.

Saved Folder Extracting Images from a Word Document   Very Easy


Inside This Folder

The images that were in the original document will be in this folder, but the document itself will not be in there, so make sure you save your document and your “Web Page, Filtered” in the same place.

Image Folder1 Extracting Images from a Word Document   Very Easy


As you can see in the image above the document images will be automatically saved and given “image” names. You can always rename them if the author has a preference for names of images.

Saving a Word document in this manner can help you in one additional way. Say someone sends you a zipped file with specifically named images for a post, but there are like 10 of them and there is no number order. Organizing a post like this requires a lot of back and forth. If you extract the zipped images to this saved Web Page folder you will have the images listed in order as you see above and you can use them as a guide for the named images.


If you are cranking out a lot of blog posts/articles, like we do here, this technique will save you some time and keep everything nice and organized. Once I finish with a document and their images I just place them in a finished folder and keep my main working folder for SEJ clean.

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Melissa Fach

SEJ Editor - Melissa is the owner of SEO Aware, LLC. She is a consultant and trainer helping companies make the most of their content marketing and SEO. She specializes is the Psychology behind blogging and content marketing. Melissa is also an associate on the Community team at Moz, an associate and writer at CopyPress and an editor at Authority Labs. She is a self-proclaimed Star Wars and Internet geek and volunteers with big cats at

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9 thoughts on “Extracting Images from a Word Document – Very Easy

  1. With being a magazine style blog it was a real pain trying to post articles that had embedded images in a word doc. I wish I’d known this ages ago! YOu’ll never believe what I did – screen printed the page, dropped into paint and then fiddled with it, saved it as a jpg -LOL – talk about the long way round! Thank you so much!

  2. Wish I had known this two days ago! I’ve been doing the whole screen image thing too. By the way, do you know how to get the source code for the links in a Word doc? I’ve been flummoxed by WORD ever since the 2010 update.

  3. Oh man! Thank you so much for this! I need this all the time. File this under “Sh*t web developers say”: …can you save it as a JPEG, I cant get the picture of of a DOC file …

  4. An easier way to extract images is to change the extension of the word document from .doc to .zip. Then open the zip file and you’ll see the images are jpg’s. Simply extract them then change your word doc extension back to .doc

  5. “Hi Melissa,
    The way you explained about extracting the image from Word Document was really great and the detailed description that you shared with us on images form was marvellous and it helped me alot.
    Hope we will see more help full posts from your end. :)
    Thank you,”