Bulk Image resize within a word document

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Hi - I have a large word document (55MB) that is made that size by many slides which have been inserted into the text (its a training manual). Within these slides are pictures, as well as countless other pictures scattered throughout the document. The creator has taken very large images, dumped them in at full resolution and re-sized in word, so the file size seems not to be reduced (word doesn't compress them?). I have to get this document down in size but want to avoid extracting each image to some resizing programme (even a bulk resizing one like Firestone) and then putting them back in , there are hundreds of images, this would take a long long time!

I'm using word 2010 and I tried using its feature to "compress pictures" but it doesn't do it to more than one at a time even though I specify that option - perhaps something to do with the fact they are in slides in the document, which act like text boxes?

I searched the knowledge base and found a guy writing a VB for something like this... but I don't have VB skills.

Any advice much appreciated. Thanks
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nsonbatyManager IT Service Desk

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Have you saved the DOC in docx format or is it in .doc(compatible format)
because if you save docx format it will automatically compress the pictures.
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@ nsonbaty: I mentioned already that I tried that technique and it didn't seem to work for more than one image at a time - with regard to the macro although that seems comprehnsive unles i misunderstand wont tha just chnange the dimensions of the images rather than the compression?

@syed_riz2008:

it is docx but still very large - is there a chance it hasn't automatically compressed the images because they are inside text boxes?
nsonbatyManager IT Service Desk

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ok, please send a sample
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Are the pictures all the same size?  I've had a few instances where I need to reduce images to a specific size. Sometimes it's just faster to resize the first one, click on the next one, and press F4 to repeat it. If you can combine that with the graphic search (in the lower-right corner under the scroll bar), you could just then press Ctrl+PgDown, followed by F4.

That's assuming your graphics will be identified by the search (it's picky sometimes).
in the end I ended up using 7-sip to compress the document to make it more workable

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in the end I ended up using 7-sip to compress the document to make it more workable

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thanks for all the sggestions

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