How To Rescue Embedded Images From A DOCX File

How To Rescue Embedded Images From A DOCX File
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“If you rename a .docx file to .zip you can open it”, tweets SwiftOnSecurity, the security professional/Taylor Swift parody account. Then you can grab images and video that were embedded in the document, all as separate files. Swift’s followers have more great tips for rescuing data from different file formats. For example, you can use Swift’s method to open a corrupted DOCX file:

You can even use it to shrink a large DOCX file by downsizing its embedded images:

Here are some more interchangeable file formats:

This is all kind of dizzying.

Unfortunately, you can’t daisy-chain a HTML file into a ZIP, says a reply. You also can’t open a password-protected DOCX this way, says another reply.

So your computer is only slightly magic.


  • It’s also a great way to rescue damaged Excel workbooks where one of the sheets has become bloated or corrupted.
    Had a 40MB workbook at work recently and was able to identify where cell formatting was being saved separately for all 1 million+ rows. Fixing that brought the same file back down to 900KB.

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