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Word allows you to insert graphics in your documents, which is a very handy (and indispensable) feature. The graphics can even be manipulated--resized, cropped, and rotated--a bit, if desired. When it comes to the most common manipulation (resizing), a time may come up when your graphic doesn't stay resized as you expect it to. Most often, this problem is detected when you open a document and find that one or more of the graphics you sized in a previous session have mysteriously changed to a different size. This problem is a difficult one to track down--even for the experts! (You'll see why in a moment.)
Most often, this problem is caused by using graphic links rather than embedding actual graphics in your document. When you embed a graphic in your document, the size of your document can get very large very quickly. To overcome this, Word allows you to link your graphic to the original file. This means that Word stores a link to the graphic rather than the graphic itself. When you load a file, the link is checked and refreshed--resulting at times in a resized graphic.
This problem was particularly acute with Word 97. If you are using Word 97, you should make sure you have SR2b applied to your system; Microsoft insists this will solve the problem.
If you aren't using Word 97, or if you apply SR2b and still experience the problem, there are a couple more things you can try.
Using these options can result, of course, in the size of your document growing. Your aim is to have Word store the picture with the document rather than establishing a link. In most cases (probably 99%), these actions will solve the resizing problem. There may still be an instance or two where it doesn't, however. Unfortunately, there is no solution in these hard-case situations. Perhaps the final solution is to make sure that the graphic you are inserting within Word doesn't need to be resized within Word--simply use a third-party graphics program to create a graphic of the proper size before it is inserted within Word.
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