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How to save images from a Word doc or PDF
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How to save images from a Word doc or PDF

When you want to send a document as is, a PDF is the way to go. Adobe created the Portable Document Format to allow you to share manuals, forms, resumes, contracts, scanned material, pages from a book, eBooks and more to any device without changing its look or ruining the format.

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While PDFs are great for preserving documents as they’re meant to be, sometimes you’ll want to save just a part of one. You may want to take an image, graph or chart from a PDF to use elsewhere. We’ll show you how to do this on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.

Snipping Tool on PC

Windows 10 and 11 have a built-in tool that lets you take a screenshot of a portion of whatever you have displayed on the screen.

  • Open the PDF you want to extract an image from.
  • Press the Windows logo key Shift S or type snipping tool in search. The desktop will darken while you select an area for your screenshot.
  • Rectangular mode is selected by default. You can change the shape of your snip by choosing one of the other options in the toolbar: Window mode, Full-screen mode, and Free-form mode.
  • The screenshot is automatically copied to your clipboard. Select the notification that pops up for more editing options and to save it to your computer.

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Crop a PDF on Mac

You can crop a PDF in Preview mode on your Mac.

  • Open the PDF you want to extract an image from.
  • Click the Rectangular Selection button in the Markup toolbar. If it’s not showing up, click the Show Markup Toolbar button.
  • Click and drag on the portion of the page you want to keep.
  • Click the Crop button in the Markup toolbar.

Crop a screenshot on iOS

The easiest way to crop a portion of a PDF on your iPhone is to take a screenshot and then cut out what you want.

  • Open a PDF on your iPhone and take a screenshot. You can do this by pressing the power button and volume up button at the same time.
  • Launch the Photos app and open the screenshot of the PDF.
  • Tap Edit, then tap the crop button.
  • Tap and drag on the portion of the image you want to keep.
  • Tap Done.

Crop a screenshot on Android

You can crop a portion of a PDF on your Android by taking a screenshot and then using the edit tools.

  • Open a PDF on your Android and take a screenshot.
  • After you take a screenshot, you’ll see an option to Edit the image. You can open the photo in Photos and tap on Edit from there.
  • Tap Crop.
  • Tap and drag on the portion of the image you want to keep.
  • Tap Save.

Save images from Word Documents

You can extract images from Word Documents in just a few steps.

  • Open the document in Microsoft Word.
  • Right-click on the image you want to save and click Save as Picture.
  • Select the file format that you want from the Save as list.
  • Type a new name or keep the suggested name.
  • Select the folder where you want to store the image.
  • Click Save.

Save images from Google Docs

It’s easy to save an image from a document in Google Docs using the Save to Keep option.

  • Open the document in Google Docs.
  • Right-click the image and select Save to Keep.
  • A sidebar will appear, where you can then right-click on the image and select Save image as…
  • Save the image to your desired location.

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