How to extract embedded Media files From Office Documents by Changing the Extension

 

Have you ever needed to get at one or more images out of a Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX file? You’ll need Word 2007 or later—or another .DOCX compatible program.  If it’s a .DOC file, open it in Word and save as a .DOCX file.

I couldn’t believe this little tip, but it certainly worked for me…. Make a duplicate of the file and rename the extension from .DOCX to .ZIP. Open the zip archive and you should see several folders. You’re looking for the ‘media’ folder which in this should be under the ‘word’ folder.  There are your files readily available to export and user elsewhere.

According to some internet bloggers, this trick will also work for other MS Office file types, but i’ve not tried it myself.

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One thought on “How to extract embedded Media files From Office Documents by Changing the Extension

  1. Fantastic tip, just tried and it worked perfectly, you just need a bit of trial and error to work out which file has which extension as they are name object1.bin, object2.bin.

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