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    File size differences? (Word XP/Word 97)

    My company is migrating from W97 to WXP. We work in a "validated" environment, meaning the Federal Govt. asks us to check all of our IT systems to ensure they're working properly and reliably.

    One of our validation people has noticed that a document saved in XP is much larger than the same document saved by 97. I've told him that this perfectly normal, but he's paid to be paranoid. I've searched the MS web site for documentation of the differences in file sizes and why they occur, but can't find any.

    1) Am I right in saying that Word XP file sizes are larger simply because it's a new version and a document contains more information?

    2) Does anyone have/know where I can get "official" proof that this is normal?

    Thanks in advance for any help.


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    Re: File size differences? (Word XP/Word 97)

    Starting with Word 2000, text is stored as Unicode instead of ANSI; Unicode characters (can) take up 2 bytes, while ANSI characters take up 1 byte each. See for example WD2000: What's New in Word 2000, search the page for Unicode.

    And, of course, the "overhead" stored in a document increases with each version. You can become paranoid over that, if you like. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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