Or, how you can use the Office Remove Hidden Data tool to compress your Word documents.
Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time editing Word documents with other people. This typically requires a final pass to… harmonize… the different format styles that people use. After the latest session of removing visible gunk, I got to wondering whether the new Remove Hidden Data tool could get rid of the physical gunk. A quick experiment with five different Word documents from various sources shows that yes, yes it can:
|Word doc #1||0.24 MB||0.17 MB||1.4 x|
|Word doc #2||0.39 MB||0.15 MB||2.6 x|
|Word doc #3||1.17 MB||0.44 MB||2.7 x|
|Word doc #4||1.37 MB||0.33 MB||4.2 x|
|Word doc #5||3.00 MB||0.51 MB||5.9 x|
Fair warning: the tool happily consumed >10 minutes of CPU time on a 3 GHz Xeon for #5, and it marks the resulting file as read-only. But a compression ratio of up to 6-to-1 is not to be sniffed at!
“The Remove Hidden Data tool: it’s not just for security anymore”
Update: There’s a new version of the tool available, which promises “substantially increased” performance (via Roberdan)