How to Save a Word Document as a Picture

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Sometimes you just want to save a document you are working on in Microsoft Word as a picture. It's not a common problem, but there is a simple solution. You'll have to save your Word document as a picture page by page, as follows:

  1. Open the document you want to save as a picture in Microsoft Word.
  2. Maximize your Microsoft Word window. Zoom in or out and scroll until exactly what you want to save as a picture is visible on the screen.
  3. Press the Alt key and the Print Screen key at the same time [source: Microsoft Windows]. This will copy what you see into your computer's clipboard. You've just created a screen capture.
  4. Open up a new image in a picture editor such as Paint or Photoshop.
  5. Press Ctrl and V at the same time, or click edit and then select paste from the drop-down menu to insert the screen capture of your Word document from your clipboard into the new image file [source: Microsoft Windows].
  6. Crop your image so you don't see the window around your Word document in the final picture, if you want.
  7. Click File, and then select Save as from the drop-down menu.
  8. Click the down arrow on the right side of the Save as type box. Choose which type of image you would like to save your picture as. JPEG is a compressed file that may lose some pixels but is ideal for Web or e-mail use. GIF and PNG are lossless types of files that are compressed by means of eliminating unused colors. Some Web browsers may not support PNG files [source: Grossman].
  9. Enter a name for your file in the File name box.
  10. Check that all the information is correct, and click Save.
  11. Repeat this procedure if you'd like to save more than one page of your document as a picture.
  12. You've just saved a Word document as a picture.

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Originally Published: Jun 7, 2011

Copy Word Document FAQ

Can I save a Word document as an image file?
Word doesn’t have the option to save a document as an image file. The best way to get around this is to take a screenshot. Zoom in on the document so that it’s clear enough to read. Then press the PrtScn key to take a screenshot. Open up Paint or Photoshop and press Ctrl+V to paste the image. Then to go File > Save As and select the format you want to save the picture as. Click “Save” and you’re done.
Can I retrieve a Word document that I saved over?
The AutoRecover function in Word enables you to retrieve previous versions of a document to restore any work you mistakenly saved over. To do this, go to the File tab at the top left corner, which should open the taskbar. Then select Information > Presentation Management > Restore.
How do I uncorrupt a Word document?
Sometimes, Word files get damaged or corrupted, making them seemingly impossible to open. To uncorrupt a document, go to File, Open and Browse the location where you have saved the now-corrupt document. Select the file and click the lower arrow next to “Open.” You’ll see a dropdown menu where you can select “Open and Repair”. In many cases, this fixes the file.
How do I add or remove permissions from a Word document?
To remove restrictions and permissions, click File >Info > Protect Document. A list of options will appear from the dropdown menu. To remove editing restrictions. Click “Stop Protection” or “Change Permission” under the associated options. To add restrictions, choose “Restrict Permission By People” or “Restrict Editing,” depending on what protections you want.
How do I convert a TXT file to Word?
Open the TXT file that you wish to change. Navigate to File > Save As. You’ll be prompted to choose the location where you want to store the new file. Select the location and click the dropdown menu that reads “Save as type”. Select the .doc extension and click “Save.” The document format has now been changed.