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I've got a xls file with exactly 167 images that I must save and post on a website. The sheer number itself is painful, but what complicates things is that you can't directly save images from Calc - you need to copy it to Writer first and then save.

This isn't the way I would like to do things, so is there a way to save all the graphics in the file somehow?

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up vote 18 down vote accepted
  1. Open the xls file in OpenOffice or LibreOffice
  2. save it as a open document (.ods).
  3. rename file to have .zip extension
  4. uncompress that zip file

All images should be in a Pictures/ directory in that zip file.

This also works if you are given a .PPT which can be saved in Impress.

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That - is - AWESOME! – Oxwivi Sep 8 '11 at 10:30
@Oxwivi: You welcome. This shows beauty of open standards. Isn't it? – Michał Šrajer Sep 8 '11 at 10:33
Indeed, stuff like these small workarounds makes me love open softwares and standards even more! – Oxwivi Sep 8 '11 at 12:58
nice tip! same works for open document presentation (.odp). – susis strolch May 21 '13 at 11:14

If you want to get scripty there are some perl scripts to unpack Open Document Formats at:

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