RE: Need tips on reducing Word file size

Subject: RE: Need tips on reducing Word file size
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 15:02:33 -0400

Keith Cronin <kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com> wrote:

>Dick Margulis (who always busts me for incomplete testing, or for believing
>non-scientific "studies") wrote:

Do as I say, Keith, not as I do. Or is it the other way around, in this case?

What I left out of the written procedure, but what I do in reality, is one of two things.

If this is after-the-fact document doctoring, I do a Save As (after accepting all changes, of course), to get rid of the original images. Sometimes I have to do the everything-but-the-last-paragraph-mark, too. But in the end I have a document that has only the "picture" images and none of the original-format images.

If this is as-you-go image insertion, then what I do is copy (not cut) the image I've just inserted, then Ctrl-Z far enough to undo the picture insertion. That way the original-format image isn't actually in the document once I go forward with the Paste Special.


>> IME the most efficient format is Word's native "Picture" format. This is
>not suitable for high-res printing, of course; you can't go back and edit
>it; and you have to be careful about scaling after the fact (don't do it).
>But it usually wins hands down for size.
>> 1. Insert whatever the heck you want. Scale and crop as needed.
>> 2. Cut.
>> 3. Edit > Paste Special > Picture.
>> 4. Adjust the layout choice (for example, "In line with text")
>Curiouser and curiouser. I tried this technique on the docs that my last
>tests produced.
>The Word doc with the GIF file started out at 322K and shrunk to 316K.
>The Word doc with the PNG file started out at 374K and grew to 382K.

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