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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.”

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.

Finally, select “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.”

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

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.”

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 is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, runs ITEnterpriser, a data-storage and cybersecurity-focused online media, and plays with development, with his RAID calculator being his first public project.
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