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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files Apps
This is a way to access the graphics inside a PowerPoint presentation or Word document, without being resaved or resampled. I use this method when the author cannot locate the original files, but wishes to extract an image. This is for use with the XML based Office document formats (.pptx, .docx), and not the older style (.ppt, .doc) files.

Drag your .pptx or .docx files onto Stuffit Expander or Stuffit Deluxe, if you own it. Then navigate to the ppt folder, then media folder. Inside the media folder are all the images PowerPoint uses. If using Stuffit Deluxe, drag the media folder to where you want it extracted. If using Stuffit Expander, you already have the original files extracted.

Stuffit is used because it can expand the XML document package as a folder, while the Finder can't. The only drawback is filenames and file dates are not preserved. This is still better than trying to export an individual graphic that was previously imported to PowerPoint.

[crarko adds: I tested this with a PowerPoint file and Stuffit Expander, and it works as described.]
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Re: Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: Uncle Asad on May 20, '10 01:31:15PM

Why don't you just temporarily give the file a .zip extension and let the OS decompress the file for you, since all OpenXML (and also OpenDocument) files are just zip archives with defined file layouts?

There's no need to use StuffIt at all (unless you're nostalgic—or sadistic) ;-)



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: BrentT on May 21, '10 05:34:20AM

You also can open a pptx file with The Unarchiver. Look in the folder for ppt>media. The media folder will hold all the images. Open the folder in large icon view to see previews. The files will have the name imageXX. The dates will all be 1/1/1980.



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: Drdul on May 21, '10 07:13:22AM

Two words: File Juicer. It can also extract the contents of older non-XML DOC, PPT and XLS files, as well as just about any other file you throw at it.



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: apsyhn on May 21, '10 09:45:37AM

Would this happen to work with InDesign and Quark documents as well? I'm not on my computer at the moment so I can't try it out.



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: PatrickS on May 21, '10 09:54:36AM

Or use 'unzip' from within Terminal.app



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: bonobo on May 21, '10 01:33:17PM
Why this arrogant and offending tone, David?

So you know how to do it right, and I know, too. But we’d also always know where to find the original image file, wouldn’t we?

But what about those countless graphic designers who get such files from their customers? They can sure use this hint. And I tell you: There are many, many people who do it wrong, and not because they’re friggin’ stupid, it’s just because they simply don’t know it better, because they’re not as tech-savvy as we are, because some other dweeb showed them this way. And I'm sure they wouldn’t want to learn it better from somebody who calls them friggin’ stupid.

Greetings, Tom

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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: lrivers on May 21, '10 01:58:04PM

Most people still type two returns to put space between paragraphs and you expect them to know about relatively obscure file import options?



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: philostein on May 21, '10 08:56:59PM

Er... how do you put a space between paragraphs? (Is this like asking where do babies come from?)



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: lrivers on May 24, '10 07:10:42AM

Phil,

There’s a paragraph formatting setting in Office for "space after paragraph" (also before…) that provides fine-grained control over this. Much better than extra returns.



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: philostein on May 21, '10 04:57:40PM

Thanks KyleH, great tip! This works for OpenOffice .odt files too, where changing the extension to .zip doesn't work with Finder. I can have Quicksilver perform 'Stuffit Expander - Open File… - *.odt', avoiding the need to have Stuffit hanging around the Dock.

A note to commenters:
Why don't you not start your comments with 'Why don't you'? I enjoy your contributions enormously (often more than the original post), but I find the tone of one-upmanship tiresome and unnecessary. Let's thank the poster for creating the debate - not everyone can calculate the topography of their navels in machine code…



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: zpjet on May 22, '10 01:44:59AM
This is great hint. I used iWork for this before as I described here. Note that with newer iWork, you would have to select Save new documents as packages in general preferences.

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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: crarko on May 22, '10 04:02:16AM

Inappropriate comments have been removed.

~craig



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: DrRicart on May 23, '10 08:24:05AM

There is a way within PowerPoint and Word, you just have to save the archive as a web page, then you will have a separate folder with all the media in the original archive.



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: DinkyToys on May 24, '10 03:10:16AM

An another solution is to install (Neo/Open)Office and save the document as a HTML-file. All the images are then saved at full size. And so you can use all the formats xls/doc etc.



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Extract image files from inside PowerPoint and Word files
Authored by: KyleH on May 24, '10 11:00:20AM

Wow, there are a lot of great alternatives here. Thanks, everybody!



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