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ding dong

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I Googled but an array of confusion over what should be a simple thing.

I have a Word Document 2007 that I save to pdf for emailing but it makes it bigger - much bigger.

I have compressed the document from within word and done the images but it shaved only a little off.

Is there any way I can compress it from either the word side or the pdf side?

No paid download solutions would be appreciated.
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7-Zip
http://www.7-zip.org/

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Ok, downloaded but its a bit complicated. I located my pdf file inside of 7zip - now what?

Do I extract/copy/add?

Also I tried to email the file from the File menu but when it was received the person could not open it because they did not have a program to open it with. Do the receivers need the program as welll to open it otherwise this 7zip option is useless.

What i want to do is compress a pdf, not change it into another undownloadable format.

Edited by ding dong, 23 May 2010 - 04:03 PM.

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Compress (save) it as a .ZIP file and then the person on the other end should be able to open it.

(Microsoft has included built-in ZIP support in versions of its Windows operating system since 1998.).
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Ok, you need to be patient here with me as I am not familiar with this type of program.

You say save it as a zip file. Neither the PDF file I am trying to reduce or its mother the Word doc have the zip save options?

Why did you tell me to download a program if Windows already has it?
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7-Zip can give you a higher compression ratio as well as handle more filetypes.

For your purposes though, Microsoft Windows' "Compressed Folders" may well be all you need. Instructions here:

How to create and use compressed (zipped) folders in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306531


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I have Vista....
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Works the same in Vista: Right-click what you want to compress (ZIP), select "Send To" then "Compressed (zipped) Folder".

Windows Vista > Working with Compressed Folders
http://www.uwec.edu/...xp-compress.htm


Edited by SpywareDr, 26 May 2010 - 02:55 AM.

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Couldn't you create a self-extracting archive in 7zip?

Edited by Justinn123, 28 May 2010 - 05:55 AM.

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