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How to Extract Images and Embedded Files from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

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Written by Adnan Ahmed

Microsoft’s suite of applications is undoubtedly one of the most essential ones installed first on any Windows PC. First, there was just Word, which allowed easy editing of documents on the go, then came Excel, for editing and managing spreadsheets the easier way, and then PowerPoint, to make presentations appear more lively. We have seen a lot more applications evolve like Outlook, One Note, Project, and much more. Long story short, Microsoft is approaching us consumers to make our tasks really simple.

As we all know, the popular Office apps are Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. If you are in a situation where you need to extract all the media like images, and videos embedded inside of these files, then you’re in the right place. The newer versions of Microsoft Office apps have extensions like .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx. The ‘x’ in all of these extensions symbolizes that all of these are Microsoft XML supported applications, which means that they are actually compressed files which you can use to extract media directly. On the other side, the older non-supported XML documents like .doc, .xls. and .ppt cannot do this directly.

We will first be taking a look at how you can use the newer extensions to extract embedded images and files directly onto your Windows PC. Down below will also be a tutorial about a software which can do the same for these older non-XML supported files. Without any further ado, let’s get started.

Extract the Contents of a Newer Office File (.docx, .xlsx, or .pptx)

  1. In order to extract the embedded content of a newer office file, you need an application like WinRAR or 7Zip, or if you are running a newer version of Windows, it is already built in. Go to the location where your Office file is situated.Extract Conent from Office Files - 1
  2. Press F2 to rename the file, and replace the file extension (from .docx, .xlsx or .pptx) to .zip. This will render the file useless, so make sure you have another copy of it backed up.Extract Conent from Office Files - 2
  3. Now, you will be able to open this file in applications like WinRAR and 7Zip. All you need to do is choose a directory, and extract the files.Extract Conent from Office Files - 3
  4. In our case, we’ve used a Word document as our test subject, so the extracted folder will contain a file named ‘word’. If you have extracted any other Office file, just go with the flow, and you’ll find your required folder. Click on this folder.Extract Conent from Office Files - 4
  5. You will further be greeted by a ton other folders. The one you might be interested in is media. This contains all of the images attached or embedded into the document file you’ve just extracted. Extract Conent from Office Files - 6

Note : To access the raw text of your document, open the document.xml or similar file.

How to Extract Images from Older Office Documents (.doc, .xls, or .ppt)

  1. For this job, you need a free software called Office Image Extraction Wizard. You may download this, and then continue on with the procedure.Extract Conent from Office Files - 7
  2. Launch the application, and click on next. This screen gives you two options, the target, and the output folder. You have to add your older office document in the former section and choose your output directory in the latter.Extract Conent from Office Files - 8
  3. Once you’re satisfied, click on ‘Next‘, and then click on ‘Start‘. You will now be able to see the process window, and this might take some time. Extract Conent from Office Files - 9
  4. After the process is done, the application will link you the folder containing the extracted images. Extract Conent from Office Files - 10

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