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Highest resolution for images in Word

Hello Word Experts:

I need some tips WRT getting a very high resolution of images when copying, e.g., workflows from PowerPoint in Word.

Here's the current process:
- I've designed a workflow process (slide) in PowerPoint
- I group all objects on the PPT slide
- Copy the grouped object...
- Paste special the object into Word.   I select "Picture (Enhanced Metafile)".

Now, having used "Enhanced Metafile -- it appears to have the greatest resolution when printing the Word document.   That is, the printout is much more "crips" vs. having used a regular copy/paste.

However, here's the odd thing... on the electronic document (PPT) all lines/connectors have a line weight of 0.75.  In the Word document, however, the lines look much thicker.   Even weirder, some look thin while others look thick.    And, yes, I have checked... they're all the same line weights of 0.75.

My question, is there a way where I get high resolution on both a) a hardcopy and b) a PDF file?   If so, what paste option will give me the highest resolution?

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Lawrence BarnesCommented:
Just pasting will darken the image.
Pasting special as enhanced metafile lightens and blurs it.
Grouping your image objects together and selecting the "Keep source formatting" from a right mouse click keeps the formatting.  Note that the default will be for the image to become a floating object.  Right mouse clicking it on the edge and clicking on Wrap Text will give you more options.
Eric FletcherCommented:
I don't use PPT, but if it allows you to export the slide in an image format (TIF, JPG) or a vector format, you could then insert a link to it in Word. If an image is embedded (copy and paste, or just insert) instead of linked (Insert Link), Word will be saving it in its own format. Linked images have the full image quality available for printing or for when the PDF is created.
ExpExchHelpAuthor Commented:
@ EricFletcher:

Thanks for the feedback... I exported as TIFF... it still doesn't have the best resolution.

I'm not sure how to link a PPT slide to a page in a Word document.  When selecting paste/special, the "paste link" radio button grayed out.

What am I missing?

Eric FletcherCommented:
If you can get the Powerpoint slide in an Encapsulated PostScript format (eps, epsf, ps) you won't have the resolution problems that come along with a bitmapped image. Powerpoint may not export in that format, but if you set up a Postscript printer, you can use the Print to File with it to get an eps document. Refer to the discussion in this blog about doing it for use with LaTex.
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