How to Convert a Word Document to JPG

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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 converts a document into a PDF file, it doesn't provide a native way to save it as a JPEG.

However, some plug-in applications and built-in Windows tools convert a document into a picture.

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

Convert Word to JPG Using Paste Special

Word's Paste Special option copies the contents of a document and then pastes it 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 Ctr+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.

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

    Screenshot of Save as Picture
  6. Right-click the image and select Save as Picture.

    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 occupies less than one full page, use the Windows Snipping Tool to 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 to launch it.

  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 appears in the Snipping Tool window.

    Screenshot of document in Snipping Tool
  7. Select Save.

  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

Paste contents of a Word document in Paint to save it in a different way.

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

    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 several pages or a varied combination of text, tables, and other types of content, an external application can make lighter work of your efforts. Try one of the following online services to effect this document conversion: