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Changing Compression Print Resolution

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Changing Compression Print Resolution.

Jon wants to know if he can change the default compression settings in the Format Picture dialog box. When he clicks the Compress button (on the Picture tab of the Format Picture dialog box), the Print resolution setting is 200 dpi. Jon would like to change that to 300 dpi.

There is no way to do this that we've been able to locate. A better solution is to not use Word to do any compression of pictures. Instead, use a dedicated graphics program to modify and edit your graphics just the way you want them, and then add them to your Word document. Why is this better? Because just like you wouldn't use a graphics program to do word processing, it is a good idea to not use your word processor to do graphics. The manipulation and preparation of graphics is specialized enough that you'll get better results if you avoid Word's tools and use those in a specialized program, instead.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (433) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Changing Compression Print Resolution.

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Umair Ahmed    13 Mar 2015, 15:57
I have manuscript in word in which my figures have size 200 dpi. The journal requires fig size above 300 dpi and the width should be 3.5 inch in vector format.Will you kindly help me how can i fulfill Journal requirement??? How can i increase the resolution of figures above 300 dpi and width 3.5 inch in vector format?????
D deregnier    02 Dec 2012, 12:28
Your advice would be fine except that even "inserting" images into Word 2003 downsizes them automatically from 300 to 200. 2007 and 2010 have a way to stop compression but I have not found one in 2003.

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