How to Save a Word Document as a Picture

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.