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    Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word XP)

    Hello,

    I am looking for a way to extract embedded graphics as files for separate editing in graphics software. If this is not possible in Word, is there perhaps another program that can pull the graphics out of a DOC or RTF version (ideally replacing them with links!)

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    Re: Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word XP)

    If you save the document as a web page, the graphics will be saved as individual files in a separate folder.

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    Re: Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word XP)

    If you only have a few, you can select them, copy (Ctrl+C or any other method) and paste into MS Paint or your image editor of choice.

    As for replacing them with links, past posts have reported problems, particularly when moving the document or images in relation to one another. Maybe your luck will be better. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word XP)

    Another way would be to select & copy the graphic in Word, then paste to the desktop. There you'll be prompted for a folder & filename to save to.

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    Re: Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word XP)

    I've found the recommendation of saving as an HTML file, as recommended in other replies, to be a very satisfactory method. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a method for extracting vector graphics from a Word doc and retain them as vector graphics in files. I have copy/ pasted to dedicated vector graphics (WMF) editors with varying degrees of success. Any other possibilities?

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    Re: Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word XP)

    Hi Alan,

    The method I suggested works with objects other than bitmaps (eg embedded wav files), so I would expect it to work equally well with vector graphics.

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    Re: Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word X

    Hi macropod:
    When I try this, it pastes as a scrap & I'm not prompted for a name & folder.??

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    Re: Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word XP)

    I tried your method and was prompted to save the copied image as a .gif file type. This was the only option available and the image was indeed saved as .gif. But all was not lost. I used a real "curiousity" I've had for years to do the deed, and it worked!

    I had mentioned this little oddity in Software Wants & Finds, but I guess nobody found a use for it. Well now there's a use <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. It's called WMFAPMF, only 10KB, and was intended to convert WMF file headers to the Aldus Placeable Metafile "standard" of the day. I recall, back in the Windows 3.1 days, that this was an issue because certain apps would only accept WMFs with the Aldus headers. Anyway, some MS programmers apparently knocked this utility up one weekend and offered it without support etc. as a freebie.

    In this case, I just copied a vector drawing from a word doc to clipboard, pasted into WMFAPMF and saved as .WMF. I can repost the app here if anybody is interested in it (only 10KB single .exe). It's undocumented, so I'd still like to know some more about its capabilities myself.

    Edited - The original post reference is: <!post=Legacy Drawing Application,254987>Legacy Drawing Application<!/post>

    Alan

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    Re: Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word X

    Hi Phil,

    Curious - Works for me at home with Win 98SE, but not at work with Win2000. Evidently something to do with configuration/OS differences. As for the scrap you got, you should still be able to copy from the desktop, paste into another folder and rename. If it's in the desktop folder, you should be able to simply move the file & rename.

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    Re: Extracting Embedded Graphics (Word 97 & Word X

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Phil Rabichow on 23-Nov-03 21:32. to add Later:)</P>That is curious. I also have Win 98SE. However, when I paste a scrap, it doesn't matter what extension I give it; the icon stays the same & it opens in Word.

    However, I noticed that a safety technique that I had used in the past had become undone when I ran my Win98 CD to fix corrupt files. I had deleted registry values so that scraps would have an extension & now had to redo this. I'll have to retry this after I reboot.

    Later: Well, I can see the shb & shs extensions now. However, if I try to copy & paste pictures in Word directly to the desktop, they come out as scraps. Changing the extension & trying to open them in Paint or Irfanview gives me an error message that it can't read the header. So I can't see how I can paste directly to the desktop from Word, other than as a scrap or shortcut into a document.
    Cheers,

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