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    File Sizes (Word 97 Word XP)

    I have noticed that a Word '97 document file with a inserted Picture that was in JPEG format is much larger than a similar Word XP document with the same JPEG picture file. I thought that Word XP might just be linking to the Picture and taking less memory. As the original JPEG file was on Network, I copied the Word 2002 file to my local hard drive, unplugged the Network and loaded the Word 2002 file into Word 2002 sort of expecting to see no picture. I was wrong, the picture appeared normally.

    A quick explanation of why this happens would be appreciated.

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    Re: File Sizes (Word 97 Word XP)

    The OLE wrapper that enables Word to display JPG images takes up some space, but I'm not sure why there would be such a large difference between Word 97 and Word 2002. Were they both inserted as inline images (in Word 97, "not" floating over text)?

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    Re: File Sizes (Word 97 Word XP)

    I think that Word 97 (and before) converted all embedded (not linked) pictures to .bmp format, blowing up a .jpg tremendously. Word 2000 (and up) keep compressed formats (such as .jpg) compressed, and also have a built-in compression algorithm.

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