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Inserting EPS images into Office documents

(17 April 2018)

Once this month’s Microsoft updates are applied to your computer next Thursday, 26 April, you will no longer be able to insert EPS image files into Office documents. This is a change Microsoft has made because of a security vulnerability in EPS files and it applies to all Windows-based versions of Office. If you would like to know more about the change and the type of files you can use instead, please read on.

Why has this change been made?

Microsoft has removed the ability to embed EPS files in Office documents because they think the vulnerability to malicious attacks via this file type is too great.

Which versions of Office does it apply to?

The change applies to Office 2016, Office 2013, Office 2010 and Office 365. It does not apply to Office for Mac 2011 or Office 2016 for Mac.

What will happen if I try to insert an EPS?

If you attempt to insert an EPS file into an Office document, you’ll only get an image placeholder with a message that says the picture can’t be displayed.

What type of image can I use instead?

In Office documents you usually just need a basic image type such as a JPG to display a picture. To see a full list of image types that are supported in Office documents, see this helpful article from Microsoft:

How can I convert an EPS file into a different format?

If you have a graphics application such as Adobe Illustrator, you can open an EPS file in it and save or export the file to a different format.

You can also use an online conversion tool such as or

Once you've converted the file to a compatible format for Office and saved it to your computer, simply insert it in your document as usual.

Have something to include?

Please liaise with the designated contact for your department or college. For further guidance, email

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