How to Convert ODT to JPG

By Colin Barrett

Open Document Text (ODT) files are created by OpenOffice.org, an open-source application suite consisting of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, and database programs. While an ODF document can be saved as a PDF (Portable Document Format), it cannot be saved as a JPG image. For this, you must export your document as a PDF and then create a JPG file using an image-editing program. An alternative method is to save a screenshot of the document to the computer's clipboard and paste it into Microsoft Paint (installed on all Windows PCs) from where a JPG file can be exported.

Things You'll Need

  • Image editing program, such as MS Paint.

Step 1

Save your document file in its native ODT format. In the toolbar, select "File" and scroll down to "Export as PDF."

Step 2

Inspect the export options. Under the "General" tab, set Range to "All" and Images to "Lossless Compression." Under "User Interface," check "Resize window to initial page" and uncheck "Display document title." Do not modify other settings.

Step 3

Click "Export." In the new window, select the location into which the PDF is to be saved and name it in the "Save as" text box. Click "Save" to create the PDF file.

Step 4

Open the PDF in Adobe Reader and display the document as large as your computer screen allows. If your file is in Portrait format and is too tall for the display, rotate it by 90 degrees. Ensure the whole document is visible; if it isn't, resize it using the "scale" control.

Step 5

Capture a screenshot and save it to the computer's clipboard by pressing the "Shift" and "Prt Scn" keys together.

Step 6

Open MS Paint. In the "New Document" window, press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys together to paste the image into the program. After cropping, resizing and modifying the image as desired, click "Save as" (or press the F12 key). Select "JPEG picture" and name your file in the pop-up dialog.

Tips & Warnings

  • In addition to the JPG image file, save the screen capture as a higher quality 24-bit Bitmap (BMP), TIFF or PNG file as a file master from which further copies can be made. Always use a "lossless" image compression format when capturing text documents.