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How to convert a Word document to a JPG file

Dave Johnson   

How to convert a Word document to a JPG file
  • You can convert a Word document to a JPG file in a few steps.
  • The easiest method is to use the screenshot tool in Windows or Mac to select text within Word.
  • You can convert an entire document to a JPG using the Convertio online file converter.

Word files are often meant to be shared, and Microsoft includes a suite of tools to make sharing and collaborating easy. But sometimes you want to make sure that no one else can change as much as a comma in your document. The simplest solution is to save your Word file as a PDF, but what if you want to insert text into another document? In that case, you might want to convert Word to a JPG.

JPG graphics are easy to share with others and to insert in many different kinds of documents, and if the content of your JPG is just text from Word, it's generally going to be a small file as well.

How to convert a page in Word to JPG

There's no one-click way to convert Word to JPG within Word, but even so it's pretty easy to do by taking a screenshot.

In Windows:

1. Start Word with the text you want to turn into a JPG. If necessary, use Word's Zoom slider at the bottom right to make sure all the text is visible.

2. Search for and select Snipping Tool in the Windows search bar.

3. In Snipping Tool, click New and then drag the selection frame around the text in Word you want to convert to a JPG.

4. In Snipping tool, click Save Snip (the floppy disk icon).

5. In the Save As dialog box, click the Save as type drop-down menu and choose JPG. Then name your file and click Save.

Quick tip: Your PC offers a variety of other screenshot methods. See our guide on the several ways you can screenshot on a Windows device.

On a Mac:

1. Start Word with the text you want to turn into a JPG and use the Zoom slider at the bottom right to make sure all the text you want to capture is visible on-screen at once.

2. Press Cmd+Shift+4 on your keyboard and drag a selection frame around the text in Word you want to convert to a JPG.

3. After the screenshot appears on the desktop, double-click it.

4. In the menu bar, choose File and then Export. Change Format to JPEG and click Save.

Quick tip: Aside from the Cmd+Shift+4 command, you can take a screenshot on a Mac computer using one of several other methods.

How to paste text as a JPG in Word

If you have text that you would like to paste into a Word document as a JPG, you can follow the steps in the previous section to take a screenshot and then paste it back into the Word document. But there's an easier way that you can do entirely within Word.

In Windows:

1. Start Word with the text you want to insert as a JPG.

2. Select the text and copy it (press Ctrl + C on your keyboard).

3. Right-click in a document where you want to insert the text. In the pop-up menu, find the Paste options section and click Picture (the third paste icon).

4. The text will appear in the document in a picture frame that you can edit and format, but the text within the frame is now an image and can't be changed.

On a Mac:

1. Start Word with the text you want to insert as a JPG.

2. Select the text and copy it (press Cmd + C on your keyboard).

3. Press Ctrl + Click to see the pop-up menu and then choose Paste Special…

4. In the Paste Special dialog box, choose PDF and then click OK. The text will be inserted into the doc in a non-editable format, just as if you had inserted it as a JPG.

Third-party conversion methods

The methods described above are handy if you have a limited amount of text to convert to a JPG, but all of the text needs to fit on-screen to work properly. If you have a lot of text, you might need to shrink it so much that it's unreadable. And those techniques just aren't practical if you want to convert an entire document to a JPG.

In that case, you can use a third-party converter. There are several around but one of the fastest and easiest is Convertio, an online and free file converter. Here's how to use it:

1. Open Convertio in a web browser.

2. Click Choose Files and select the Word file you want to convert.

3. Make sure the to dropdown is set to JPG and then click Convert.

4. It will take a few moments to convert the file. When completed, click Download and retrieve the file from your Downloads folder.

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