How to Convert an Adobe Illustrator File to Microsoft Word

By Contributing Writer

Adobe Illustrator, an application developed by Adobe Systems, operates with vector-based graphics. Such graphics contains the text description of an image rather than the actual binary pixels. Adobe Illustrator does not permit direct conversion of its files with the extension “.AI” to a Microsoft Word document. The solution is to convert an AI file into an encapsulated PostScript (EPS) vector graphics file. Microsoft Word fully supports the latter format, allowing you to create a Word document.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Log into an account in Windows Vista/7.

Step 2

Launch Adobe Illustrator.

Step 3

Press "Ctrl-O" to open an Adobe Illustrator (.AI) file.

Step 4

Click the menu "File" and "Save as a Copy."

Step 5

Choose the file type as "Illustrator EPS (*.EPS)" using a drop-down listbox. Then click "Save."

Step 6

Open Microsoft Word.

Step 7

In Microsoft Word 2007:Select the menu tab "Insert" and click "Picture."In Microsoft Word 2003/XP:Click the menu "Insert," "Picture" and "From File."

Step 8

Navigate to the EPS file stored in Step 5 and click "Insert."

Step 9

Press "Ctrl-S" to save the Microsoft Word (.DOC) file.