How to Create a Wmf From a JPEG

By Lance Albertson

A JPEG file (computer file with the extension .jpg) is used to store a picture. It is the most common file type created by digital cameras. A JPEG file contains a compressed version of the entire picture. A Windows Metafile (WMF) file also represents a picture, but contains a different type of data about the components of the picture, breaking it into several objects. Although they use different methods to represent a picture, it is possible to convert a JPEG into a WMF. Microsoft, however, does not provide a program to convert from a JPEG file to a WMF file. Fortunately there are several programs you can download that do perform the conversion, one of which is the Draw program that comes as a part of the free OpenOffice.org program suite.

Things You'll Need

  • OpenOffice Draw

Step 1

Download the OpenOffice suite from the Resource link if you do not already have it installed on your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.

Step 2

Open the JPEG file. In OpenOffice Draw, open the "Insert" menu, select "Picture," then "From File." Navigate to the folder containing your JPEG file, select it, and click the "Open" button.

Step 3

Right-click on the picture in the main panel and from the context menu select "Save As Picture."

Step 4

Save the picture as a metafile by changing the "Save As Type" at the bottom of the dialog window from "JPEG - Joint Photographic Experts Group (*.jpg)" to "WMF - Windows Metafile (*.wmf)," then click the "Save" button.