Teachers often create documents using images that they found using clip art. Unfortnately, if you want to save those images as gif or jpeg files, you cannot. Unless you have the image already saved, transferring that image into a Word Press web site, other presentation software, or any other use that requires a saved picture, is a challenge.
When this happened to me, I would save the Word document as a web page. This forces Microsoft Word to automatically save all images as individual files. These files would be cataloged in one file and easily extracted, as long as you could locate that file. For teachers who are not tech saavy, following these steps could be cumbersome if you need to do this frequently. Here are a couple of easier shortcuts that make it easy to save images from your Word documents as individual pictures. This process is different depending on which Word application you are using.
1. In Word 2003, you need to simply look at your desktop screen. Take you mouse and right click. The grey bar will open up. Select NEW. Create a new FOLDER. Name this SAVED IMAGES.
2. Open the document that has the clip art that you are interested in saving as an image. Shrink the screen so that you can view the document and still see your newly created SAVED IMAGES folder.
3. Now you need to click the object and lift it up, just as you would if you were moving the object around in Word. You can physically lift the image off the document, drag it, and drop it into your SAVED IMAGES Desktop folder.
4. Later, open up your SAVED IMAGES folder. Any images within that folder can be renamed by hovering the mouse over the file name, right clicking, and selected RENAME. Rename the image and you are ready to insert it into any document that you choose!
In Word 2007, you do not have the ability to drag and drop into a file. You can always save the document as a web page and extract the images that way. If you do that, you will need to create a page for each image or add your images to the web page each time. This can be cumbersome. NOTE: If you use help within Word, the instructions for this do not work! Here is a cool way to save an images to your desktop using free software that is already included if you own Office 2007.
1. An easier way is to open up your Word document. Highlight the image and copy it. You can do this by pressing CRTL + C while the image is highlighted. You can also highlight the image and select EDIT at the top. Scroll down and choose COPY.
2. Open up Paint. Not sure where Paint is? If you are running 2007 just click on the Microsoft window in the left hand corner of your screen that looks like this: Simply type in PAINT in the box labeled START SEARCH:
The program will pop up. After you have used it, Paint will now automatically show up whenever you press the Windows icon.
3. Now, the easy part. Paste your image in. You can do this with CTRL +V or by selecting Edit and then Paste. You have just created a graphics file! Go to File to select SAVE AS and your image is ready to insert in to anything. My default folder that opens under save is PICTURES. You can use this to keep all your pictures together or create a special folder.