Insert High Res Image or Object into MS Word

Posted on 2007-10-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
How do I create a high resolution raster object that can be inserted into Word without loss of quality. I have tried creating TIFFs and JPGs from a high res PDF using Acrobat but the quality is very bad.
The source document is actually an autocad file.
I need an image that I can rotate/crop/scale or an object that will allow me to select the view that will be printed at high resolution when i print the document.
Question by:ArkAdmin
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    Word is really limited in how it can use images - not really its strong suit.  With images (raster or vector), to keep the most quality you're going to want to use a .gif or .png because you won't lose any quality due to compression.  It will probably take some experimentation to find out the best format to use.

    If AutoCAD is unable to export the image in an appropriate file format, you can always take a screenshot and paste it into paint (or another good enough paint program like, and then save it in the right format.

    Also, if you're using Word 2003, you won't have any problems rotating, cropping, etc. your images in Word.  But, if you're using 2000 or 2002 (which has some support for this), then you might find yourself limited even more by Word's inability to manipulate graphic objects.  Word 2003 (and 2007) should support manipulation of any image format that you'll try to work with.

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    np, I can export from autocad to most any raster format. I have Word 2003.

    There is an autocad OLE object in Word that allows an autocad file to be inserted and viewed but I don't think it is intended to help create a window onto the autocad file that can be printed as part of the document. I think it is just intended to be a 'convenient' way to open and view the autocad file while staying in Word.


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    I was able to create a custom 'page size' in autocad that allowed me to set the desired DPI to whatever I need.

    Author Comment

    The solution is here for posterity...It was necessary to edit the TIFF plotter definition and create a custom 'page size' and define the vertical and horizontal pixel count of the page.
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    Thanks for the information.  Glad you got it worked out!

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