RE: Ever expanding word docs?

Subject: RE: Ever expanding word docs?
From: "Ehr, Meg" <Meg -dot- Ehr -at- smartworks -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 13:03:04 -0400

Mark Emson asked:

> Does anyone know of a fix for MS Word documents that just keep on
> growing?

I had a problem a couple of months ago with "inherited" Word docs that
exploded in size if I modified them in any way (even adding a single space,
and then deleting it, caused a 108K file to swell to 800K+). I first noticed
it when I tried to resize a graphic in place in a header. None of the usual
tricks worked - Track Changes and Fast Saves were already off, and Save As
didn't help, either.

The solution: I wound up copying everything but the last paragraph mark into
a new doc, which did the trick. Clearly, my problem was hiding somewhere in
the junk that Word stores in the last para mark.

I got other great suggestions from the folks on the Word-PC list, although
none of them worked in this instance (again, as Jane Carnall noted earlier,
subscription and website info is
mailto:word-pc-subscribe-request -at- liverpool -dot- ac -dot- uk to join (no subject or
command text required),

Meg Ehr


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