How to Save Images That Are in Microsoft Word and Google Docs

342591 How to Save Images That Are in Microsoft Word and Google Docs

Images can greatly enhance documents created in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. However, you may want to reuse those images elsewhere later on. Fortunately, saving images from Word and Google Docs documents is easy. Here is a step-by-step guide.

Saving Images from Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word makes it simple to save any image embedded in a Word document as a separate image file. Here is how to do it:

  1. Open the Word document containing the image you want to save.
  2. Right-click on the image and select “Save as Picture” from the context menu. Save as Picture option in context menu
  3. In the Save As window that opens, choose the file type you want to save the image as from the “Save as type” dropdown. Popular image formats like JPG, PNG, GIF and TIFF are available. Choosing file type
  4. Enter a file name for the image in the “File name” field and select a folder location to save it to using the “Save in” dropdown.
  5. Click the “Save” button.

The image will now be saved as a separate image file which you can reuse anywhere. Repeat steps 2-5 for each image you want to save from the Word document.

Compressing Images in Word

If your Word document contains many large, high-resolution images, the file size can quickly become large. Here is how to compress images in Word to reduce file size:

  1. Select the image you want to compress.
  2. Go to the “Format” tab and click the “Compress Pictures” button. Compress Pictures
  3. In the Compress Pictures dialog box that opens, make sure the “Apply only to this document” option is selected.
  4. Set the target output for the compressed images from the options given. “Print” provides good compression while retaining enough quality for print.
  5. Click “OK”.

The selected image will be compressed. Repeat steps 1-5 for other images. This will reduce your overall Word document file size.

💡 Tip: Always save a copy of your Word document before compressing images, in case you want to revert back to the original quality images!

Saving Images from Google Docs

Unlike Microsoft Word, Google Docs does not have a built-in option to directly save embedded images. But there is an easy workaround using Google Keep.

Here is how to save images from Google Docs:

  1. Open the Google Doc containing images.
  2. Right-click on the image you want to save.
  3. Select the “Save to Keep” option in the context menu. Save to Keep option
  4. The image will now be visible in the Google Docs sidebar under Google Keep. Right-click on the image there and choose “Save image as”. Save image as option
  5. Select a folder location and enter a file name to save the image.

This will download the image as a separate file to your computer which you can reuse anywhere.

An alternate way is to first download the Google Doc as a Word document or HTML file. The images will then be available in a folder which you can save individually. However, the Keep method is quicker and more direct.


Whether working in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, saving embedded images for reuse in external applications is simple. Mastering the Save as Picture and Save to Keep options will enable you to quickly extract images out of documents.

Hopefully this guide has helped you learn how to easily save Microsoft Word and Google Doc images! Let us know in the comments if you have any other queries.

About The Author