There are many ways to convert Microsoft Word documents to JPEG images. Saving a .doc or .docx document as .jpeg is not easy to do directly from Word. However, there are other ways to do it. In this guide we'll help you to choose the best fit for you.

How to convert Word file to JPEG on Windows

Sometimes there's a need to convert Word document pages into JPEG images. Unfortunately, Microsoft Word's Save As or Export as option doesn't allow you to do so. But we know a variety of tools which can help you with this task.


Saving a Word document to JPEG with virtual printer

Saving a Word document to JPEG with virtual printer

In order to convert Word to JPEG with great flexibility, we suggest using Universal Document Converter. It is a virtual printer software based on "print to file" functionality. With it, you can adjust saving Word documents to JPEG image files with the right settings.   

Universal Document Converter provides a number of features, such as scaling options, cropping margins, overlaying a watermark, adding a letterhead or running a script file after file conversion. They help you configure conversion of files to JPEG exactly the way you want.

Crop and resize options for Word to JPG conversion

You can create such documents from any files that contain text and automatically add a watermark to them. The program is very stable for conversion of files into 8 popular file formats: PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PCX, DCX, GIF or BMP.

How to convert step-by-step

Summary

Pros: Cons:
  • various input formats;
  • many settings and extra features;
  • quick access from Word toolbar;
  • can convert to .jpeg & add text or image watermark;
  • 8 output file formats  
  • using virtual printer as file converter may be difficult at first
  • need to open each file individually

Good for converting multiple files? only with batch printing software
Ease of use: 4 / 5
Best for: individual file conversion with specific settings

Download UDC


Converting multiple Word files to JPEG

If you often need to convert dozens or even hundreds of documents to image format, take a look at software solutions below.

Virtual printer & batch printing software

Batch convert multiple Word files to JPEG

Using Universal Document Converter virtual printer together with Print Conductor allows you to convert many Word documents at once to JPEG format. It is as simple as you can see on the screenshot above — just add your DOC or DOCX files to Print Conductor list, select virtual printer and click Start Printing. Image quality and other settings are available, if you click Printer Properties.

How to convert step-by-step

Summary

Pros: Cons:
  • various input formats;
  • no need to manually open each file;
  • adjustable conversion settings both for all and each file in a list;  
  • combines benefits of Universal Document Converter and Print Conductor;
  • 8 output file formats  
  • need to have 2 programs installed

Good for converting multiple files? yes
Ease of use: 5 / 5
Best for: batch file conversion with specific settings, previewing files before printing

Download UDC

Download Print Conductor


Simple desktop converter to JPEG

Simple desktop converter to JPEG

'Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.' — these words could truly describe DocuFreezer. Provided with intuitive interface, it is a powerful tool for converting different documents into images or PDF. This software cuts down file conversion to just three steps: add files, select necessary output format and click Start.

How to convert step-by-step

Summary

Pros: Cons:
  • one-click batch conversion of files arranged in a list;
  • simple interface and navigation;
  • no need to manually open each file;
  • output JPEG settings: color mode, quality, rasterization resolution
  • 70 input file extensions
  • 5 output file formats
  • not many file conversion settings, only essentials

Good for converting multiple files? yes
Ease of use: 5 / 5
Best for: bulk conversion of multiple files to image or PDF format

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Automated real-time file conversion to JPEG format

Automated real-time file conversion to JPEG format

Converting files with FolderMill is just as simple as copying files to a folder and then getting converted files from another folder. Based on so-called Hot Folders, this software monitors incoming files and processes them immediately as soon as new files are placed into a folder. Besides conversion to image (JPG, PNG, TIFF) and PDF format, FolderMill offers filtering, renaming, copying, resizing, watermarking, printing and post-processing of incoming documents.

How to convert step-by-step

Summary

Pros: Cons:
  • real-time processing of incoming files;
  • different actions assigned to Hot Folders can be combined together;
  • can work in service mode (on server);
  • 5 output file formats
  • may be difficult to configure

 

Good for converting multiple files? yes
Ease of use: 4 / 5
Best for: environments with intense document flows, converting or printing of files within an office network, remote usage, processing files in real time

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Word to JPEG conversion via command line tool

Word to JPEG conversion with command line tool 2JPEG

Here's a solution for system administrators and power-users — command line tool called 2JPEG. With it, you can set up conversion of files to JPEG from your own software or batch convert files using a simple script (a plain text file made in Notepad). There's no graphical interface; 2JPEG works from a Command Prompt or PowerShell and supports standard command line syntax. 2JPEG can be integrated into your corporate IT environment and run on server or workstation.

How to convert step-by-step

Summary

Pros: Cons:
  • standard command line syntax and parameters;
  • can be integrated with your software;
  • can work on server;
  • can be launched from a script;
  • can work on schedule;
  • 85+ input file formats
  • can be difficult for common users
  • no GUI, only command line interface
  • only JPEG as output format

Good for converting multiple files? yes
Ease of use: 3 / 5
Best for: usage within an office network, converting different file types in batch mode, remote usage

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How to create thumbnails from Word document in JPEG format

Convert word to thumbnail

You can create thumbnails — small images pictures used to help in recognizing and organizing files — in JPEG format for all your Word or other office documents: PowerPoint presentations, PDF files and more. They can be printed or just placed in the same folder with the document to make your contents easier to browse.

You can do it with 3 programs mentioned in this guide: Universal Document Converter, FolderMill and 2JPEG. These software keep good quality of downscaled JPEGs.

Convert doc to thumbnail — Universal Document Converter

To make thumbnails out of your DOC or DOCX pages with Universal Document Converter, try these settings:

Convert DOC to Thumbnail with Universal Document Converter

How to convert step-by-step

Convert doc to thumbnail — FolderMill

To automatically create thumbnails simply by placing files into a folder, configure Hot Folder Settings in FolderMill like this:

FolderMill: create thumbnails automatically and convert to JPEG

If you need to create thumbnails only out of first pages of incoming files, press Ctrl + Alt + i and change PagesRange="" to PagesRange="1". You can also set another file size (500x500 px is set as example), change output image quality and resolution. Then apply changes and start FolderMill Processor.  

How to convert step-by-step

Convert doc to thumbnail — 2JPEG

In order to batch convert Word pages to JPEG thumbnails from command line interface, use this sample command:

2jpeg.exe -src "C:\Input\*.docx" -dst "C:\Output" -options pages:1 -oper Resize size:"500 500"

This command will take all your .docx files from the C:\Input\ folder, will process only the first page and make it smaller to the size of 500x500 px. Values and additional parameters may be altered.


How to convert Word Documents into other images: PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF

Besides JPEG, you can convert your Word documents into other image formats: PNG, TIFF, BMP or GIF as well as widely used PDF. All file conversion software mentioned in this guide (except for 2JPEG) can do it.


JPEG or JPG? DOC or DOCX?

.JPEG vs .JPG

What's the difference between JPEG and JPG?

JPEG and JPG files are identical.

The format JPEG was developed by Joint Photographic Experts Group, hence the name. However, .jpg was used in Microsoft Windows systems when they only supported 3-character filename extensions.

These standard extensions: .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jif, .jfif, .jfi. indicate a JPEG file. Extensions .jif, .jfif, .jfi are related to JPEG File Interchange Format (JFIF). Image data in JFIF files is compressed using the techniques in the JPEG standard, so JFIF is sometimes referred to as JPEG/JFIF. So don't get confused, if you see either of these extensions — they all indicate that it's a JPEG image.

.DOC vs .DOCX

What's the difference between DOC and DOCX?

DOCX is newer.

DOCX was introduced as the new default format in Word 2007. As a result, it has more features than DOC and can be edited by more software products besides Word. The new format is XML-based (hence the ‘X’ part in DOCX) — it is basically a zip file that contains all the XML files pertaining to the document.

The main reason for Microsoft shifting from DOC and DOCX is that DOCX is that XML standard has better compatibility with other applications whereas DOC is in a binary format. All software mentioned in this article supports both .doc and .docx file types.


Questions?

We hope this article helps you find the best way to convert your Word documents to JPEG image format. Which one suits you best? Can you share your own solutions with us so we could update this guide? Let us know!