Word: Extracting original images from a documentJanuary 23, 2013
It used to be that if you wanted to extract your graphics from a Word document in pretty much one step, you had to save the document as a web page. This created a folder containing the graphics. But the graphics were saved as — or converted to — fuzzy JPGs, crisp PNGs, or GIFs, depending on the original format of the images. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked — to a point.
I’ve recently discovered (via this website: http://www.indesignmag.com/Content.asp/id/tipoftheweek-2012, which I was alerted to by Chuck Green’s Ideabook.com newsletter) that you can extract graphics in their original formats from any DOCX Word document (i.e. Word 2007, 2010, etc.) by changing the file extension to ZIP, then unzipping that ZIP file.
You end up with a whole slew of folders and XML files, and in amongst them is the word > media folder, in which you will find your original graphics, in their original sizes and format.
Very neat trick!
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