How to Convert a Word Document to JPG

Turn your doc into a picture worth a thousand words

How to convert Word to JPG

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There are times when an image would serve your purposes better than a text document would. Although Word has the ability to convert a Word document into a PDF file, it doesn't provide a way to save a word doc as a JPEG.

However, some third-party applications and built-in Windows tools make it possible to turn a document into a picture. Learn some of the options available to determine which is the best one for your needs.

These instructions apply to Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word for Office 365 on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Convert Word to JPG Using Paste Special

Word's Paste Special option lets you copy the contents of a document and then paste them as an image.

  1. Open the Word document and select the text you want to convert into a JPG. To select the entire contents of the document, select any section of the document and press Ctrl+A.

    Screenshot of selected text in Word
  2. Press Ctrl+C to copy the selected text. Alternatively, select Copy from the Clipboard group of the Home tab.

  3. Select File > New or press Ctrl-N to open a new Word document.

  4. Select the Paste drop-down arrow in the Clipboard group of the Home tab and Select Paste Special. The Paste Special dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of Paste Special
  5. Choose Picture (Enhanced Metafile), then select OK. The contents of the document will appear as an image.

    Screenshot of Save as Picture
  6. Right-click the image and select Save as Picture. The File Save window will open.

    Screenshot of Save as Picture
  7. Select the location where you want to save the file. Enter a name for the image file and select JPG in the Save as Type box.

    Screenshot of Save as JPG
  8. Select Save.

Convert a Doc to JPG Using the Windows Snipping Tool

If the Word file you want to convert to an image is one page or less, the Windows Snipping Tool can create a JPG file from it.

  1. Open the Word document and select the text you want to convert into a JPG.

  2. Select File > Print or press Ctrl+P to open the document in Print Preview view.

    Screenshot of Print Preview
  3. Press the Windows key and type "snipping tool" into the search box.

    Screenshot of Snipping Tool in search results
  4. Select the Snipping Tool app from the search results. The Snipping Tool will open.

  5. Select the Mode drop-down menu, then select Rectangular Snip.

    Screenshot of Mode
  6. Select New, then draw a rectangle around the document in the print preview. When you release the mouse, the snip will appear in the Snipping Tool window.

    Screenshot of document in Snipping Tool
  7. Select Save. The Save As window will open.

  8. Select the location where you want to save the file. Enter a name for the image file and select JPG in the Save as Type box.

  9. Select Save.

Save a Word Doc as JPEG Using Microsoft Paint

Pasting the contents of a Word document makes it possible to save the file as an image instead of a doc.

  1. Press the Windows key and type "paint" into the search box, then select the Paint app from the search results. Microsoft Paint will open.

    Screenshot of Paint in search results
  2. Open the Word document and select the text you want to convert into a JPG. To select the entire contents of the document, select any section of the document and press Ctrl+A.

    Screenshot of selected text
  3. Press Ctrl+C to copy the selected text. Alternatively, select Copy from the Clipboard group of the Home tab.

  4. Go to the Paint window. Select Paste from the Clipboard group of the Home tab. The contents copied from Word will be pasted in Paint.

    Screenshot of pasted text in Paint
  5. Select File > Save As > JPEG Picture.

    Screenshot of Save As in Paint
  6. Select the location where you want to save the file. Enter a name for the image file, choose JPG in the Save as Type box, then select Save.

Use a Third-Party Application to Convert a Word Doc to JPG 

For Word documents with multiple pages or a varied combination of text, tables, and other types of content, a third-party application can make lighter work of your efforts. Multiple online services are available that will convert Word documents to JPG files free, including: