Rules for creating large documents in Word

Subject: Rules for creating large documents in Word
From: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- cytomedix -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:59:43 -0400

Here are some old rules for creating large documents in Word, all of which still apply in Word 2010:

* Disable Fast Saves, Autosave, Background Saves...
* Disable "Keep of Track of Formatting."
* Use anchored graphics, not floating.
* If an inserted object won't need to be revised, convert it to WMF or some other graphic format.
* Add graphics only by using inserting from a file. Avoid directly pasted graphics.
* Use paragraph, character, and table styles - no manual formatting!
* Eliminate unused styles.
* Occasionally view hidden text. I've found a few surprises that way.
* Minimize section breaks.
* Use frames instead of text boxes.
* When in doubt, Maggie the document. If necessary, use an "extended Maggie" (i.e., Maggie the section breaks).

I'm sure the gang can chime in with a few more...

-----Original Message-----
From: Holly Deitelhoff [mailto:hdeitelhoff3 -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:39 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com; Dan Goldstein
Subject: Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 93, Issue 10

Could I please get some of the pointers to avoid hair pulling when putting large documents in word?  I am using tables, graphics, charts, etc but when I'm pdfing them I end up with black strips across the bottom of some of the pages.  I'm not certain if it is because of the file size or if it's because I'm not doing something right inside of the document itself.

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