If you’ve ever had to extract multiple images from a Microsoft Word document, you’ll know that it can be a tedious and time-consuming experience. What’s worse, simply copying and pasting can leave you with grainy, low-resolution images that are virtually useless.

Here are two simple methods to quickly extract multiple full resolution images from a Microsoft Word document:

  • Method 1: Save as Zip file
  • Method 2: Save as HTML

Remember that these methods will only give you the same resolution files as the images you pasted into Microsoft Word in the first place. If you pasted low-res copies into Word, unfortunately there’s no way to extract high-res versions – you’ll need to go back to your original image files.

Method 1: Save as Zip file

This is definitely my favourite way to export multiple images from Microsoft Word files as it’s so easy. Word also conveniently numbers the images sequentially, in the same order as they were in the document. It’s also fantastic because the original image size is preserved, so they’ll be the same resolution as they were when you first pasted them into Word.

Step 1: Rename your .doc or .docx file to .zip.

Step 2: Open the zip file and navigate to the folder called “media”. All your images will be in here, renamed image1, image2 etc.

Step 3: Once you’ve located the images, it’s a simple matter to copy and paste them to the folder you want, and rename or edit them at your leisure.

The reason this method works is because Word files, like Zip files, are actually archives, made up of compressed images, metadata and XML (a mark-up language similar to HTML, which is used on web pages).

Method 2: Save as HTML

This is another handy way to export multiple images from Microsoft Word files. As with the first method, the images are numbered sequentially by Word, and they’re full resolution.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: From the menu, choose File > Save As.

Step 3: When the Save As dialogue box opens, select Save as type > Web Page (*.htm;*.html) and choose the folder you want to save the files to.

Step 4: Once you’ve saved, navigate to the folder where you saved the files. In here you should find the images, or in older versions of Microsoft Word, a sub-folder named “Your Document_files”, which contains your images. There will also be a lot of other files (XML, HTM etc.) that Word creates – don’t worry about these.

More recent versions of Microsoft Word will sometimes create duplicate copies of your images. This happens if you’ve resized an image within Microsoft Word. If this is the case, simply choose the image with the largest file size. This will be the full-resolution version.

Step 5: As with the first method, simply copy the images into the folder you want, and rename or edit them as required.

One final point: with this method, make sure you do copy the images into a different folder, otherwise you might find Word “disappears” them when you delete the html file.