Save images in Microsoft Word documents as separate files

Rename the .docx file with a .zip extension

Unzipping a .docx file

With Word 2007, Microsoft introduced the XML-based .docx file format. The new format is essentially a ZIP container, which contains a series of XML files and any embedded images. To access the embedded images in a .docx file, use the following steps:
  1. If it's not already a .docx file, Open the file in Word 2007 and save the file as a Word Document (*.docx).
  2. Change the file extension on the original file from .docx to .zip.


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