I’ve just had a client approach me with a 60MB word document with only a few pages in it!   It turns out that the document had a lot of high-res photos in it.    

The photos didn’t need to be high res, so I started looking at how to convert them.   As there were so many I didn’t really want to export each image, compress it and then import it again.

I then found that there’s an easy way to compress all images in a document from within Word!  

In Word 2007, select the Format Tab, and then there’s a “Compress Pictures” option.   You can then apply this to a single picture or to all pictures.

The document size went from 60MB to 900KB – a huge difference!