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INCLUDEPICTURE increases file size

Hi All,
I have a word document (2000 or 2003 or 2007) that is 73KB and I am using a link to a picture e.g.

WIth the link to the picture the document increases to 162KB.  Why ? The whole point of an includepicture for us is to reduce file sizes.
1. Why does the file size more than double with a link ?
2. Is there a way to prevent this from happening.

Thanks in advance
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Hi jcwiatr,

I made some tests here - this behavior should depend on the '\d' in the field.

If you added this manually you need to update the field befor it takes effect (mark the field and press F9). Or you can right-click the field, select 'Edit field' and press OK in the field-functions dialog - this should update the field too.

Hope that helps,

jcwiatrAuthor Commented:
Hi Zoppo, thanks for the feedback but this did not improve the size.

- Document is 32KB
- Image is 26KB

I went througjh the process again just to make sure
1. New document
2. Insert Field - Include pciture
3. Typed in name of the gif
4. Included the \d switch
5. Clicked OK
6. Saved the document

The document grew to 162KB which is more than the size of the document and image togther.

jcwiatrAuthor Commented:
Worked it out!  All the includepicture statements were correct.  
So started looking at the document properties.  'Save Preview Picture' was turned on in the document properties summary.

The preview picture is the thumbnail of the document's first page. This thumbnail shows in the Details section of Windows Explorer when you highlight the file.

To turn off Preview Picture,
1. From the File menu, select Properties
2. Select the Summary tab
3. Deselect the checkbox fro Save preview picture
4. Click OK.
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