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PictureFormat.ImageFormat Property (Publisher)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 8/24/2017
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Returns a PbImageFormat constant that represents the image format of a picture as determined by Microsoft Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI+). Read-only.


expression. ImageFormat

_expression_A variable that represents an PictureFormat object.

Return Value



The ImageFormat property applies to the original picture, rather than the placeholder picture, if there is one.

The ImageFormat property value can be one of the PbImageFormat constants declared in the Microsoft Publisher type library.

The ImageFormat property indicates the format of the picture after it has been imported into the Windows environment, rather than its original file format. If the picture's file format is not natively supported by the Windows operating system, the picture is converted to an analogous format that is natively supported. As a result, the pbImageFormatCMYKJPEG, pbImageFormatDIB, pbImageFormatEMF, pbImageFormatGIF, and pbImageFormatPICT constants will rarely, if ever, be returned. Consult the table below for specific file format conversions.

File formatConstant returned
.bmp, .dib, .gif, .pictpbImageFormatPNG
.emf, .eps, .epfspbImageFormatWMF
CMYK .jfif, .jpeg, .jpgpbImageFormatJPEG

Windows GDI+ is the portion of the Microsoft Windows XP operating system and the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system that provides two-dimensional vector graphics, imaging, and typography.


The following example prints a list of the .jpg and .jpeg images present in the active publication.

Dim pgLoop As Page 
Dim shpLoop As Shape 

For Each pgLoop In ActiveDocument.Pages 
 For Each shpLoop In pgLoop.Shapes 

 If shpLoop.Type = pbPicture Or shpLoop.Type = pbLinkedPicture Then 

 With shpLoop.PictureFormat 
 If .IsEmpty = msoFalse Then 

 If .ImageFormat = pbImageFormatJPEG Then 
 Debug.Print .Filename 
 End If 

 End If 
 End With 

 End If 

 Next shpLoop 
Next pgLoop 
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