How to Open a JPG in MS Word

Updated July 20, 2017

Opening certain file types within word processing programs can unnecessarily turn into a difficult task. Not every file is capable of being opened by these programs. However, programs such as MS Word have made it relatively easy to import images of various file types. Once imported into a document, word processing programs have a variety of tools that can be used to customise the image according to your preference.

Open MS Word and create a new document. If MS Word is already running, simply click the "Office Button" (the "File" button in older versions) in the upper left-hand corner and select "New" to create a new document.

Select the "Insert" tab, which is the second tab from the left on the Office ribbon that runs across the top portion of the screen.

Select the "Picture" tab. An "Insert Picture" box should appear. Use this box to browse for the image that you want to import into your document. You can specify which type of file to browse for by using the drop-down box to the right of the "File name" insert box.

Select "Insert" to import your JPG image into your document.

Customise your image according to your preferences with the "Format" tab. Adjust the picture's brightness, contrast and colouration as well as apply a border and a number of different picture effects.


Another way to import a JPG image into your document is by clicking and dragging the image into the document from its destination folder.

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Based in Nashville, Isaac Thress has been writing periodic articles, papers, and news updates for Global Outreach Developments Int'l since 2005. His work regarding third-world development frequently appears online at He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Biblical studies and linguistics from the Institute of G.O.D. Int’l and is currently working toward receiving a master’s degree in theological studies.