How to Convert a Microsoft Word Document to a GIF

by Maya Austen

GIF, graphical interchange format, files are graphic image files. While it is possible to insert GIF images into a Microsoft Word document, it is not possible to save a Word document as a GIF file. To convert a Word document to GIF, you have to paste an image of your Word document into a software program that does support saving files as GIF. The Microsoft Paint program is one option.


Open the Microsoft Word document you would like to convert to GIF.


Highlight the portion of the document you want to put in a GIF file. Copy your selection (press on the "Ctrl" and "C" keys on your keyboard at the same time). Do not copy more than one page of the document at a time. If the document you want to convert to GIF has several pages, you will have to copy and convert each page individually.


Open the Microsoft Paint program. Go to the "Start" menu, select "Accessories," and then select "Paint."


Paste your selection into Paint (press on the "Ctrl" and "V" keys on your keyboard at the same time).


Adjust the image as needed. The image you pasted should already be actively selected (you should see dashed lines along the border of the entire image, indicating that whole image is selected). Click on and hold any point inside the image to drag it to the position you want.


Go to the "File" menu, and select "Save As." In the "Save As Type" field, select "GIF." In the "File Name" field, give your new GIF file a name. Click on "Save."


  • check Instead of copying the portion of the document you want to put in a GIF file (as outlined in Step 2), you can take a screenshot of it. Go to the "View" menu in your open Word document, select "Full Screen," and press on the "Print Screen/SysRq" key on your keyboard. This takes a screenshot of the current view of your document. Then, complete Steps 3 through 6 as outlined. Taking a screenshot of your Word document, as opposed to using the copy tool, may be necessary in instances where copying from Word and pasting to Paint does not translate well. For instance, sometimes tables copied from Word lose part of their borders when pasted into Paint.

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About the Author

Maya Austen began freelance writing in 2009. She has written for many online publications on a wide variety of topics ranging from physical fitness to amateur astronomy. She's also an author and e-book publisher. Austen has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the New England Institute of Art and currently lives in Boston, Mass.

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