Graphics file types Word can use

You can insert many popular graphics file formats (file format: The way in which information is stored in a file so that a program can open and save the file. A file's structure defines how it is stored and displayed. File format is indicated by an extension after the file name, such as .doc or .docx.) into your document either directly or with the use of separate graphics filters. You don't need a separate graphics filter installed to insert the following file formats:

  • Enhanced Metafile (.emf)
  • Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)
  • Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg)
  • Portable Network Graphics (.png)
  • Microsoft Windows Bitmap (.bmp, .rle, .dib)
  • Windows Metafile Graphics (.wmf)
  • Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF)

File types that require filters

You do need a graphics filter installed to insert all other graphics file formats listed below. If you didn't install the filter you need when you installed Microsoft Word on your computer, you can run the setup program again and add the graphics filter.

ShowComputer 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 (NIST).

If you install the filter during Setup, the following files are installed: Cgmimp32.flt, Cgmimp32.fnt, Cgmimp32.cfg, and Cgmimp32.hlp.

This filter has the following limitation: CGM 1992 Versions 2, 3, and 4 are not supported.

ShowCorelDRAW 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 9.0.

This filter has the following limitations:

  • Object and PostScript texture fills are replaced with solid gray fills.
  • Gradient fills are split into monocolored stripes.
  • There is no support for:
    • 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.
    • Multiarea paragraph text.

ShowEncapsulated PostScript (.eps) filter

The Encapsulated PostScript graphics filter (Epsimp32.flt) supports the Adobe Systems Encapsulated PostScript Specification versions 3.0 and earlier. The filter supports .eps images from tagged image file format (TIFF) and Windows Metafile (.wmf) embedded previews.

If an Encapsulated PostScript graphics file contains an embedded TIFF or Windows Metafile preview, a representation of the image appears on the screen. The quality of the preview depends on the resolution of the TIFF or Windows Metafile image embedded in the Encapsulated PostScript file when it is created. Low, medium, and high resolutions are generally available for creating an EPS file. The higher the resolution of the preview image, the larger the EPS file size will be. Because such previews are intended primarily to be used to position images on the page, resolution is often low. A high-resolution preview is not necessary because it is discarded when the EPS file is printed to a PostScript printer.

If an embedded TIFF or Windows Metafile preview is not included in the Encapsulated PostScript graphic you import, the graphic displays a message instead of a preview of the graphic in your document. However, the graphic prints correctly to a PostScript printer. If you print an EPS graphic to a non-PostScript printer, the preview image is printed as it appears on the screen.

Encapsulated PostScript graphics are designed for printing to a PostScript printer.

ShowMacintosh 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 for Windows.

ShowWordPerfect 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 limitations:

  • PostScript information is lost in Encapsulated PostScript images embedded in WordPerfect Graphics files.
  • WordPerfect Graphics files with large, embedded bitmaps might not appear properly 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 Windows.

ShowOther filters

For information on graphics filters that you can download, click Microsoft Office Online on the Help menu to connect to the Microsoft Office Online Web site.

Applies to:
Word 2003