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    Editing a two-page Word 2007 document that is just text, two tables (one blank, one with 35 cells with just text inside), and the standard company header and footer. The file size is 2MB, which seems unnecessarily large for so little content. Viewing it in Final Showing Markup mode and not seeing any residual content that would lead to this size.

    What's a good way to troubleshoot this to determine what's causing the file size?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben000 View Post
    Editing a two-page Word 2007 document that is just text, two tables (one blank, one with 35 cells with just text inside), and the standard company header and footer. The file size is 2MB, which seems unnecessarily large for so little content. Viewing it in Final Showing Markup mode and not seeing any residual content that would lead to this size.

    What's a good way to troubleshoot this to determine what's causing the file size?
    Make a copy of the document, delete something, save the document under a new name...
    Iterate until the result is clear.
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    Thanks. By "something" are there any particular elements of the document you would suspect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben000 View Post
    Thanks. By "something" are there any particular elements of the document you would suspect?
    Any pictures or charts in the document?

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    I would start by removing the standard company header and footer and having a look at the file size. Often a logo is done in a format that takes up huge amounts of disk space. If the normal blank document with this header/footer is a much smaller file size then there could be other factors at work.

    There could be revisions tracked or other document metadata such as a header or footer stored but not shown (First Page, Even Page).

    If you save the file out to XML format and have a look at the file in a text editor do you see anything there that you didn't expect.
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    Doing Ctrl+A and pasting it all into a new, blank Word doc. solved the problem. That new document, with the same text, tables, and footer/header, is 63KB. Which makes me wonder- what happened in the original to make it so large? There were no pictures, no residual/unaccepted text or material, and the header and footer are our usual.

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    You might be able to find out by painstaking research, but it's probably not worth the trouble.

    I often solve problems with documents by copying the text (usually minus the last paragraph mark) to a fresh new document.


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