We have a problem with Word files getting very large. One document in question, created from a previous document by mostly deleting stuff, wound up at 16MB for a 12-page doc with virtually no graphics. I tried the "Web Page export" process mentioned elsewhere in this forum and got the size back to 2.25MB (which is what I expect). One of my colleagues also got the same result by "copy and paste" of the entire document into a new blank document.
Now, if we delete EVERYTHING from the old document, coming back to a 1-page blank document and saving, it's still 13MB! Fast saves are off, picture previews are off, etc. My question is, when you delete something in word does it not really go away (much like "deleting" files on a hard drive). Is there another way to do a destructive delete that will really clean up the document size?