How to Make a JPG File From a Word Document

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A Word document can be converted into a JPG file by taking a screen shot of each page of the document. Both Windows and Macintosh operating systems come with screenshot utilities, so this can be done for free. The Windows utility automatically saves the screenshots in JPG format. The Macintosh utility saves the files in TIFF format, but the free viewer utility Preview that comes with the Macintosh operating system can easily re-save a TIFF as a JPG to complete the conversion for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Snipping Tool utility (Windows users only)
  • Grab utility (Macintosh users only)
  • Preview application (Macintosh users only)
  • Open the Word document you want to convert to JPG.

  • Open the screen shot utility for your operating system. On Windows, it is called "Snipping Tool" and can be found in C:\Windows\System32. On Macintosh, it is called "Grab" and is located in the Applications\Utilities folder.

  • Click the "New" menu (Snipping Tool) or the "Capture" menu (Grab) and select "Window" as the type of screen shot you'd like to take.

  • Click the Word window you want to convert to JPG. A new window will pop up in the screen-shot program containing a picture of the window you clicked.

  • Click the "File" menu and choose "Save." WIndows users will now have a JPG file. Macintosh users should go to the next step to convert the TIFF file saved by Grab to a JPG file.

  • Quit Grab and open the "Preview" application.

  • Click the "File" menu and choose "Open," then locate the TIFF file you just saved and open it.

  • Click the "File" menu and choose "Save," then choose JPG as the format from the file type drop-down menu. Click "Save" to create the JPG file.

  • Repeat the above steps for each page of the Word document you want to convert to JPG.

Tips & Warnings

  • On the Macintosh, holding down the keys Shift+Command (Apple)+3 will also take a picture of the screen. It saves the file on your desktop as a PNG graphic called "Picture." This file can also be converted to JPG with the Preview application.

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