TR Dojo Challenge: How can you quickly save images within a Microsoft Word document as separate files?

You have a Word document loaded with pictures, which you need to save as separate files? If you know how, you could earn a TechRepublic coffee mug?

Consider this situation. Some sent you a Word document loaded with pictures (30 or more). You need the pictures as individual image files, but for some reason the document's creator can't send you the images.

You could open the document in Word, select a single image, copy it, paste the image into an image-editing application, and then save the picture. But, this would take too long. You could also create a script or macro to remove and copy the images, but again, this is quite a bit of work. There is an easier way. And it doesn't involve any third-party applications, coding, or cramp-inducing click marathons.

So, here's the question:

How can you quickly save images within a Microsoft Word document as separate files?

About the TR Dojo Challenge Series

Each Wednesday, I publish a new question designed to test the technical skills and IT prowess of our TechRepublic members. You can submit an answer to the question by posting it within this post's discussion thread. (Note: This is a change from my guidelines in the original TR Dojo Challenge post, which required that all answers be submitted to the Questions area of the TechRepublic Forums. After careful consideration, I have chosen to simplify the process by keeping the answers attached to the blog post.)

I'll accept answer submissions for one week after I post the question. At the end of the week, I'll consider the question closed and review the answers. The member who submitted the first, best answer will be featured in a follow-up TR Dojo Challenge article, posted on Thursday the week following the question's publication. For being featured on the site, they will also earn themselves a bit of TechRepublic swag-a coffee mug and laptop sticker.

The rules:

  1. Only answers submitted within one week of the initial question's publication date will be considered for the follow-up article and swag.
  2. All answers must be original and must consist of more than a link or links to third-party resources.
  3. I will choose the correct response from the answers submitted and my decision is final.

Good luck!


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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