WD: Memory and Disk Requirements for Converting in Mac Word

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When saving in a non-Word file format, Word for the Macintosh caches datain the form of temporary files onto the disk. Therefore, to save a file ina non-Word format, you must have enough disk space for temporary files andthe saved document. During conversion, if there is not enough disk spaceavailable for the conversion, Word displays the error message:
Not Enough Memory; Please close other applications and retry.
The size and number of temporary files needed to save a file in a foreignformat vary depending on the size of the Word document to convert, thepresence of graphics or embedded objects in the document (known as acompound document), and the physical size of the converter and itssupporting components (if any).

Word's external file format converters require enough memory toaccommodate approximately half the converter's size as well asapproximately 24 kilobytes (KB) for processing data. This requirement,therefore, varies depending upon the physical size of the converter and itssupporting components (if any). Additionally, more memory may be requiredto process features (such as bookmarks and tables of contents) thatfrequently appear in large quantity within documents.

Because converters are limited to a maximum of 64 KB for internal dataprocessing, the converters keep most of the document data in temporaryfiles on disk when converting a document to or from Word. Word retainsdocument data in a temporary file and reassembles it at the end of theconversion process.

The following example demonstrates the temporary files created during afile conversion. After you enter a document name, select a fileformat from the Save File As Type list, and choose Save, the followingprocess takes place:

  1. Word creates a temporary file in the originating directory. This is a copy of the file in the Interchange Format, or Rich Text Format (RTF).

    If the converter detects a compound document, it creates another temporary file in which to store OLE objects for conversion. This file is also stored in the originating directory.
  2. The converter writes the output file in the non-Word format. Word saves this file in the destination you specify in the Save As dialog box.
  3. Word deletes the temporary file created in step 1.

    In the case of a compound document, the converter creates a temporary file, located in the originating directory, to store OLE objects that were saved in the final output file. This file exists so that after the conversion is complete and the document appears on the screen, Word can still display the embedded objects in the document. When the converted document is closed, this temporary file is deleted.
  4. Word deletes the temporary file (Word Temp #) created in step 1.
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Article ID: 115398 - Last Review: 01/11/2015 15:25:57 - Revision: 2.1

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