Word 2016 for Mac: I can't cut-and-paste an image from a vector drawing program

I am a scientist and I routinely create images in a vector drawing program called ChemBioDraw.  In past versions of Word, I was always able to copy these images to the clipboard and paste directly into the text of a document.  With Word 2016 for Mac, all I get is many lines of gibberish code and no image.  Am I missing something, or has the ability to handle vector graphics been eliminated from the program?

(FYI- a friend of mine who does design is having the same problem with a CAD program)


In both Windows and Mac, newer versions of Word have less capable vector graphics filters than in previous versions.

If your version of Word still has the smiley-face icon in the upper-right corner of the window, click on it and choose Tell Us What Can Be Better, then file a bug report. If you bring up a sample of the gibberish code beforehand, you can include a screen shot of that. Microsoft rarely acknowledges these reports, but they do receive them.

If you don't see the smiley-face, please visit the Word for Mac User Voice forum and add a suggestion: Word for Mac User Voice

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Last updated February 16, 2021 Views 2,719 Applies to: