This article describes the limitations of graphics import
filters provided with Microsoft Word. This information is also available in
Microsoft Word Help. (On the Help
menu, click Microsoft Word Help
. In the Answer Wizard or the Office Assistant, type
graphics file types
, and then click Search
You can insert many popular graphics file formats into your
document, either directly or with the use of separate graphics filters.
Graphics File Types That Are Built into Word
You do not need a separate graphics filter installed to insert
the following graphics file formats:
- Enhanced Metafile (.emf)
The Enhanced Metafiles graphics filter (built-in)
supports the Enhanced Metafiles (EMF) format.
- Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)
The Graphics Interchange Format filter (built-in)
supports file format versions GIF87a (including interlacing) and GIF89a
(including interlacing and transparency).
When you save an animated
GIF image as HTML, the image retains its animation. You cannot perform certain
types of edits, such as cropping, grouping, or changing the fill, border, or
shadow on an animated GIF image. Make these changes in an animated GIF editing
program, and then insert the image again.
The GIF filter has the
- Only the first image of a multi-image GIF is
- Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg, .jpeg)
The JPEG graphics filter (built-in) supports version
6.0 of the JPEG File Interchange Format (JFIF). The filter supports
cyan-magenta-yellow-black (CMYK) JPEG files.
The JPEG filter has the
- The filter does not support JPEG Tagged Interchange
Format (JTIF) files.
- Portable Network Graphics (.png)
The Portable Network Graphics filter (built-in)
supports files conforming to the Portable Network Graphics Tenth Specification
- Microsoft Windows Bitmap (.bmp, .rle, .dib)
The Windows Bitmap graphics filter (built-in) supports
Windows and OS/2 bitmaps, Run Length Encoded (RLE) bitmaps, and
device-independent bitmaps (DIB).
- Windows Metafile Graphics (.wmf)
The Windows Metafile graphics filter (built-in)
supports the Windows Metafile format.
- Tagged Image File Format (.tiff)
The Tagged Image File Format graphics filter (built-in)
supports all image types and compressions that conform to TIFF Specification
Revision 5.0 and 6.0, Part1: Baseline TIFF. These types include monochrome,
grayscale, palette color, and RGB Full Color images. The filter correctly
handles a single 8-bit alpha channel stored with an RGB Full Color
The TIFF filter also supports the following:
The TIFF filter has the following limitation:
- Multiple alpha channels (stored as subfiles) or alpha
channels that do not have 8 bits per pixel
- The TIFF Extension for CMYK images
- Only the first image of a TIFF with multiple images
(subfiles) is imported.
File Types That Require a Separately Installed Graphics Filter
You must install a graphics filter in order to insert all other
graphics file formats that are listed as follows. If you did not install the
filter that you need when you installed Microsoft Word on your computer, you
can run the Setup program again and add the graphics filter.
- Computer Graphics Metafile
The Computer Graphics Metafile graphics filter
(Cgmimp32.flt) supports Version 1 of CGM 1992. The filter handles all three
encodings and interprets and supports all elements, and will correctly handle
all valid .cgm graphics files.
The major industry profiles of ATA
(Air Transport Association) and CALS (Continuous Acquisition and Life Cycle
Support) are fully supported by the Computer Graphics Metafile filter. The
filter has been certified as ATA-compliant and CALS-compliant by testing
administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology
If you install the filter during Setup, the following files
This filter has the following limitation:
- CGM 1992 Versions 2, 3, and 4 are not
- CorelDRAW graphics filter
The CorelDRAW graphics filter (Cdrimp32.flt) supports
.cdr, .cdt, .cmx, and .pat files from CorelDRAW 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, and
This filter has the following limitations:
There is no support for the following:
- Object and PostScript texture fills are replaced with
solid gray fills.
- Gradient fills are split into monocolored
- CorelDRAW preferences, such as page size and
orientation, units, grid, and guidelines
- Lenses and powerclips
- Pages, layers, and groups
- OLE objects
- Rotated bitmaps
- Vector fills
- Multi-area paragraph text
- Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) filter
When you import an Encapsulated PostScript graphics
file, the following occurs: A display preview is automatically created when you
view the image in the Insert Picture dialog box, or when you view the image in your document. This
display image is rendered from the PostScript data in the EPS file. Therefore,
this display image does not use any preview graphics (Windows Metafile or TIFF)
that may have been previously added to the EPS file.
may differ from earlier versions of Office, depending on the version of the
filters that are installed. The EPS graphic is still printed correctly to a
PostScript printer. However, if you print an EPS graphic to a non-PostScript
printer, the display image is printed as it appears on the screen. EPS graphics
are designed to be printed to a PostScript printer.
- Hanako graphics filter (.jsh, .jah, and .jbh)
The Hanako graphics filter is used for the Japanese
language version of Microsoft Office XP.
The Hanako graphics filter
(Jshimp.flt, Jahimp.flt, and Jbhimp.flt) supports and converts .jsh, .jah, and
.jbh files from Hanako 2.0 and 3.0 to the Microsoft Windows Metafile
The filter has the following limitations:
- Image data will be deleted when the files are
- Files with large amounts of data may take time to be
converted or may not be converted. If this occurs, delete any unnecessary data
or objects, or resave the file as multiple files, and then try reopening the
- Complex text formatting or image properties that cannot
be expressed in the Windows Metafile format will be deleted or simplified when
the file is opened. This may affect the alignment of text or images.
- Macintosh PICT (.pct) file
The Macintosh PICT graphics filter (Pictim32.flt) is
used to import Macintosh PICT graphics. Rename your Macintosh PICT files with
the .pct extension when you copy them to a computer that uses Microsoft
Windows, so that Microsoft Office for Windows can recognize the files as PICT
graphics. For example, if you have a graphics file named Bear on the Macintosh,
you should rename the file to Bear.pct before you insert the file into a file
- WordPerfect Graphics import and export filters
The WordPerfect Graphics import filter (Wpgimp32.flt)
supports WordPerfect Graphics Versions 1.0, 1.0e, and 2.0, which correspond to
WordPerfect Version 6.x and earlier. For .wpg images created in DrawPerfect, the picture
frame size is the size of the screen.
This filter has the following
- PostScript information is lost in Encapsulated
PostScript images embedded in WordPerfect Graphics files.
- WordPerfect Graphics files with large, embedded bitmaps
may not appear correctly on computers that use the Mach series video drivers
from ATI. If you think you have this problem, try running Microsoft Windows
Setup, and changing your video driver to the 8514/a drivers supplied with
Install a Non-Installed Graphics Filter
To install a graphics filter that was not installed during Setup,
follow these steps:
- Quit all Microsoft Office programs.
- Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Note In Microsoft Windows XP, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
- In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
- Do one of the following:
- In Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0:
On the Install/Uninstall tab, click to select Microsoft Word 2002 (Microsoft Office XP), and then click Add/Remove.
- In Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP:
With Change or Remove Programs selected, click to select Microsoft Word 2002 (Microsoft Office XP), and then click Change.
- Click to select Add or Remove Features, and then click Next.
- In the Features to install list, click to expand Microsoft Office.
- Click to expand Office Shared Features.
- Click to expand Converters and Filters.
- Click to expand Graphics Filters.
- Click the icon for the graphics filter that you want to
install, and then click to select Run all from my computer on
the shortcut menu that appears.
- Click Update.