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    I remember there being a "stripper" utility for word files a few years ago.

    You set it loose on a directory of word files and it would process each document to remove hidden "fluff". File sizes would sometimes dramatically reduce with no visible difference in the document.

    Is anyone aware of such a utility?

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    Re: Word utility? (all)

    Sounds to me that you want to remove all the formatting. In that case, why not just save the document as a TXT file?
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    Re: Word utility? (all)

    The only things that come to mind are: (1)

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    Re: Word utility? (all)

    No, it didn't remove any of the formatting, styles, etc. I think it removed "hidden" content, like backups and/or previous revisons. The resulting "stripped" file looked identical to the original, but in many cases was significantly smaller.

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    Re: Word utility? (all)

    One more thing I can remember: a routine that removed "list templates."

    But I don't remember any generalized slimmer that didn't target a specific "problem."

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    Re: Word utility? (all)

    Jefferson

    Is there a way to look at the MetaData of a Word, or Excel document?

    I am talking about the data contained in the "header" of the document file, that tells the system what the file is all about, what version, and what application runs this file.

    I think that the 19K you mention comes from this area, and there are many things that you really don't need to keep the document alive and well.

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    Re: Word utility? (all)

    The format is proprietary and, without getting that information from Microsoft, gibberish. So... not really.

    The "Recover Text from Any File (*.*)" filter will show you the strings, but if the characters aren't part of that set, they are not shown.

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    Re: Word utility? (all)

    In addition to what's already been posted, one way of dramatically reducing file sizes can be to turn off 'Allow fast saves'. That certainly gets rid of a lot of 'fluff'.

    To save disk space, you might also want to turn off 'Always create backup copy'. Both of these can be found under Tools|Options|Save

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    Re: Word utility? (all)

    Was it the program called Unfrag? I remember it cleaning up about 80MB from the Office 97 files I had on disk, but I don't know if it's an issue with Office 2000 and above. It's only a 134KB download so might be worth a whirl. But with PC mag pulling all their freeware, it's not available free from their site anymore. This link seems to work though. Here's some review info:

    <big>What Does The UnFrag Program Do:</big>
    A Part of the spectrum of technologies known as ActiveX, OLE is the software protocol that lets objects created by one application appear in documents created by another. A good example is a Word document that contains an Excel spreadsheet. Such applications use compound files to store documents. Internally, compound files are organized into storages and streams, in much the same way that a hard disk is organized into folders and files. An OLE/ActiveX technology known as structured storage lets programmers create and manipulate compound files.

    Compound files make an OLE programmer's life immeasurably easier, because partitioning a file into storages and streams makes it simple for two applications to write to the same file without stepping on each other's toes. But compound files have a dark side, too. Like hard disks, they are subject to fragmentation. Further, whereas a fragmented disk doesn't rob you of disk space (it does extract a price in performance, but that's another story), fragmented compound files often consume disk space needlessly. A typical Word file contains about 4K of "slop," even if that file contains no embedded objects; theoretically, a compound file containing just a few kilobytes of data could consume a megabyte or more of disk space.

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    Re: Word utility? (all)

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    I believe that I have found it!

    It's a program called DocPress...
    here's a link...

    http://www.7-zip.org/docpress.html

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    Re: Word utility? (all)

    I think unfrag and docpress may do about the same thing.

    Thanks for the advice!

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