Converting Word Files Containing Images to HTML
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Converting Word Files Containing Images to HTML

For use in Blackboard and Other Online Applications

When we convert Word documents that contain images into HTML files, Word creates an entire new folder containing the file and images. When we attempt to load the newly converted file into Blackboard, we are forced to link to just one file, so the images cannot be referenced. Below are the steps for creating the HTML file, zipping and uploading the document into Blackboard.

(Images taken from MS Word 2000 running on Windows XP)

Step one:  Convert Word doc to HTML file

a. Choose FILE-SAVE AS from the menu

  1. Change the "Save as Type" to Web Page
  2. Name the file (logo.htm in this example)
  3. Click Save

Save As dialogue box

Step 2: Zip files and import into Blackboard

Note that following step one, MS Word created a separate folder in the same location you saved your web page. This folder contains all the images in your new web page document. The automatically generated folder name is "<web page name>_files" (i.e. Logo_files in this example).


Saved web page folder on Desktop

Saved web page

Images folder created by Word


a. Create a zip file in the same location of your web page and images folder.

  1. Add the web page and the entire new folder of images to the zip file (be sure to drag the entire folder when adding to zip file to preserve the hierarchy, do not add images one by one into zip file).

Step 3:  Import into Blackboard

  1. Continue to add the zip file as an attachment the same way you would normally add content in Blackboard. Be sure to select the zip file to attach, and choose "Unpackage this file" under the Content Attachments/Special Action options.

Choosing the Unpackage this File option

  1. Choose your web page as the entry point when prompted.

Choosing the package entry point

  1. Submit your content

You can now view your content as a web page with the images in tact.

Last Updated: 7/16/2014