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office 2010If you create documents using Microsoft Word you should know pretty well that you can add photos, pictures and images to make them look better, more professional etc. The bad part of this procedure is that, by adding a picture, you increase the file size. This could be an issue above all if you have to send them via email (some web client doesn’t accept big files or limit the file size to X Mb for example). What follows is a tutorial to teach you how to turn on and off (enable or disable) the picture compression in Word and use it for your own benefit.

How to Turn On Pictures Compression in Word

  1. Open the Word document (.doc or docx)  which contains pictures.
  2. Now, click the picture you want to make lighter. This will turn on the Picture Tool on Word upper toolbar.
  3. Click the Picture Tool.
  4. Locate the Adjust box and click the Compress Pictures link.
  5. A dialog blox will appear asking you if you want to apply the compression only to the picture you highlighed.
  6. Tick the box and press the OK button.
  7. Done!

How to Turn Off Pictures Compression in Word

  1. Open a Word document.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Near Image Size and Quality, click the picture file. Click  the Do not compress images in file check box to turn off compression.
  6. If you don’t have Office 2010. Simply open a new Document.
  7. Now, Save as… (Word Document)
  8. A window will appear. Click the Tools button located on the left side of the Save button.
  9. Select Compress Pictures from the menu.
  10. Click Options from the dialog box.
  11. Untick Automatically Perform Basic Compression on Save.

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One Comment to “How to Turn On/Off Picture Compression in Microsoft Word”

  1. Jander Says:

    it is such a pity that one has to write a tutorial on how to do this. AND it’s missing the possibility to turn that annoying feature off!

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