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There might come a time when you’d rather share a Word document as an image that anyone can open. Unfortunately, you can’t export a document as a JPEG, but there are a few other simple solutions. Here are a few.

Convert a Single Page to JPEG

If you have a Word document that’s only a single page or if you want to capture only one specific page of a longer document, then you can use screenshot software such as Snip & Sketch for Windows or Mac’s Screenshot app.

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The first thing you’ll want to do is zoom out on your Word document so that the entire page is visible onscreen. You can do so by adjusting the zoom slider on the status bar toward the minus symbol. There’s no exact recommendation on percentage—just make sure the entire document is visible.

Zoom in and out of Word doc GIF

With the page fully visible, type “Snip & Sketch” in the Windows search bar. Open the Snip & Sketch Tool and then select “New” or press Cmd+Shift+4 on Mac to open the Screenshot app.

starting a new snip and sketch action

Crosshairs will appear on your screen. Click and drag the crosshairs to capture the entire page of the Word document.

Next, if you’re using Snip & Sketch on Windows, select the floppy disk icon to save the image. Mac users will select File > Export.

Floppy disk to save

Give your image a name and select “JPEG” from the file type list. Finally, click “Save.”

Save as JPEG

Convert to PDF and Then to JPEG on Windows

As we mentioned earlier, you can’t convert a doc file directly to JPEG. However, you can convert your Word doc to PDF and then to JPEG.

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To convert a Word doc to PDF, open the document and select the “File” tab.

Select the file tab

Next, select “Save As” in the left pane and then “Browse.”

Click Save as button

In File Explorer, choose the location where you would like to store the file and give it a name. Select the arrow next to “Save as Type” and choose “PDF” from the drop-down list.

Save as pdf

Now your file is saved as a PDF.

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To convert your PDF to JPEG, you’ll need to download Microsoft’s free converter software. Open the Microsoft Store app and enter “PDF to JPEG” in the search bar. Select the first option.

pdf to jpeg store

The next page displays some information about the software. Read through it and then select “Get.”

get free software

The software will automatically be installed. Open it and click “Select File” near the top of the window.

Select file

Browse to the location of your PDF and select it. The file will then open in the PDF to JPEG converter program. With it open, click “Select Folder.”

Select Folder

Windows Explorer will appear again. Navigate to the location where you would like to store the new file and then click the “Select Folder” button.

select folder in explorer

Finally, select “Convert.”

convert

Your PDF will now be converted to JPEG.

Convert to PDF and Then to JPEG on Mac

The steps for converting your Word Doc to PDF on Mac is exactly the same as the steps mentioned in the previous section. However, Mac comes with a program called “Preview,” which can do the PDF > JPEG conversion, so no additional software will be necessary here.

Repeat the steps in the previous section to convert your Word doc to a PDF. With your PDF file ready, right-click the file, select “Open With” from the menu, and select “Preview.”

Select Preview from menu

At the top left of the window, select “File.” A drop-down menu will appear. Here, select “Export.”

Export option from File menu

A new window will appear. Click the arrow next to “Format” to show a list of options. Select “JPEG” from the list. After that, select “Save.”

Export as JPEG

Your PDF will now be converted to JPEG.

Don’t feel like going through all of these steps to convert your Word doc to JPEG? There are several Word-to-JPEG converters online that work really well. Browse around and find one you like!

Marshall Gunnell Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the technology industry. He worked at Synology, a manufacturer of network-attached storage solutions. Marshall also serves as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview, providing detailed reviews of storage technology.
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