This article was previously published under Q224663
This article is a consolidation of the following previously available article 262464: WD97: Document File Size Increases with EMF, PNG, GIF, or JPEG Graphics
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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you save a Microsoft Word document that contains an EMF, PNG, GIF, or JPEG graphic as a different file format (for example, Word 6.0/95 (*.doc) or Rich Text Format (*.rtf)), the file size of the document may dramatically increase.
For example, a Microsoft Word 2000 document that contains a JPEG graphic that is saved as a Word 2000 document may have a file size of 45,568 bytes (44.5KB). However, when you save this file as Word 6.0/95 (*.doc) or as Rich Text Format (*.rtf), the file size may grow to 1,289,728 bytes (1.22MB).
This functionality is by design in Microsoft Word. If an EMF, a PNG, a GIF, or a JPEG graphic is inserted into a Word document, when the document is saved, two copies of the graphic are saved in the document. Graphics are saved in the applicable EMF, PNG, GIF, or JPEG format and are also converted to WMF (Windows Metafile) format.
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To prevent Word from saving two copies of the graphic in the document, and to reduce the file size of the document, add the ExportPictureWithMetafile=0 string value to the Microsoft Windows registry.
After you select the key that is specified in step 3, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click String.
Type ExportPictureWithMetafile, and then press ENTER.
Right-click ExportPictureWithMetafile, and then click Modify.
In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.
Now, when you save a Word document that contains an EMF, a PNG, a GIF, or a JPEG graphic in a different format (for example, Word 6.0/95 (*.doc) or Rich Text Format (*.rtf)), Word does not retain two copies of the graphic and does not dramatically increase the file size of the document as compared to the Word version of the file.
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