How to extract images from Office documents

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Introduction

Microsoft Office is one of the most popular office suite used on personal computers as well as on various mobile platforms. This complete office suite allows users to create rich documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases and many more.

With Office 2007 Microsoft introduced new zipped Open XML format (also known as OOXML or OpenXML) for representing Office files (docx, xlsx, ppsx, etc.).

It means, docx and other Office formats are renamed zip archives that contain xml formatted files, media, picture images and other data used to visualize document in Office programs, or compatible third party apps.

How to gain picture images from Office file

At first you need to rename Office document file extension, for example Microsoft Word docx to zip.

Click right mouse button on Microsoft Word document → Select Rename option → change docx extension to zip.

Rename docx to zip in Windows
Rename option in Windows menu

Rename docx to zip in Windows warning window
Warning window before change file extension in Windows

By default, Microsoft Windows hide known file extensions. How to view file extensions in Windows are described in these articles:

Double click on zip archive and navigate to word\media\ sub folder that stores all picture images and other multimedia content used in Microsoft Word document.

Now you can simply copy out the images you want.

Windows Explorer view content of the docx file
View content of docx file in Windows Explorer

These instructions also work for other Office files, like PowerPoint (ppsx) and Excel (xlsx). However, default sub folder will be not word\media\, but powerpoint\media, excel\media, etc.

 

Related software and links:

Microsoft Excel icon

Microsoft Excel    Microsoft Windows platform
A popular spreadsheet application distributed with Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft Excel for Android icon

Microsoft Excel for Android    Google Android platform
Microsoft Excel app for Android tablets

 
Microsoft Excel for iOS icon

Microsoft Excel for iOS    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
Microsoft Excel optimized for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

 
Microsoft Excel for Mac icon

Microsoft Excel for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A popular spreadsheet application from the Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft Office icon

Microsoft Office    Microsoft Windows platform
One of the most popular and powerful office suites on market

 
Microsoft Office for Mac icon

Microsoft Office for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
The latest release of Microsoft's productivity suite for Mac

 
Microsoft PowerPoint icon

Microsoft PowerPoint    Microsoft Windows platform
A presentation program from the Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft Powerpoint for Android icon

Microsoft Powerpoint for Android    Google Android platform
Microsoft PowerPoint app for Android tablets

 
Microsoft Powerpoint for iOS icon

Microsoft Powerpoint for iOS    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
iOS version of Microsoft Powerpoint presentation software

 
Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac icon

Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Mac version of popular presentation software from Microsoft

 
Microsoft Word icon

Microsoft Word    Microsoft Windows platform
One of the most popular word processor program from Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft Word for Android icon

Microsoft Word for Android    Google Android platform
Microsoft Word app for Android tablets

 
Microsoft Word for iOS icon

Microsoft Word for iOS    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
Microsoft Word app designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

 
Microsoft Word for Mac icon

Microsoft Word for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A Mac version of the popular word processing application

 

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