In a previous post we talked about optimising images before inclusion into a Word, PowerPoint etc. document. But what if you already have a word document which has large (file size) images already embedded in it. Well Word has a feature called ‘Compress Pictures’ which will optimise images for print, screen and email.
How to Optimise pictures in Word.
- Open your word document
- Ether double click on a picture OR single click a picture and choose ‘Picture Tools’ tab from above the ribbon.
- Choose the ‘Compress Picture’ options from the ‘Picture Tools’ ribbon.
The Compress Pictures option box will open. Select the options that suit your needs, in most instances you shouldn’t need a resolution greater then 200dpi
Once you have made your choices click ‘OK’ and Word will compress the picture(s) making the overall file size smaller.
Go to ‘File’ and select ‘Save As’ (so you don’t overwrite the original). Now compare the file size of the two versions of the document, depending on how big the original images were the difference can be considerable.