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I have a 49 page document which is 2.7 Mb without the 2 pictures which are causing the problems

When I import the first picture which is 76Kb in size, the size of the word document increases to 6.4Mb

If I import the 2nd picture which is 109Kb in size, the size of the document then increase to 10.6 Mb

I have searched around the web & have followed all the instructions I can find such as switching off background saves, compressing the pictures etc. I have also compressed the pictures in Windows Picture Manager to try & bring them even further down in size.

When I convert to a PDF it reduces to 602Kb. Unfortunately I need to be able to send this out in word format as there is a drop down field which is important to the document.

When I first started working on this the document was 30Mb so I have managed to reduce it by quite a bit but still need some help

Any ideas would be gratefully received


The only answers I know as such are probably ones you've already tried - such as the hints at - however, you mention importing the pictures, so I'm wondering how you are inserting them - if it is insert, picture then this SHOULD be fine, but if you are inserting an object then this might cause the bloat?  
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Aidan Heritage


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