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Word: Processing Large Files

Creating a one or two page letter every so often won’t really tax Word’s true capabilities. But, when you start producing very large documents, such as manuals or even whole books, you do reach the limits of what Word is capable of. If you save a large document as a single Word file, you are living dangerously: a Word crash could leave you without months or even years of work. It isn’t just lots of text that can cause problems in Word. Documents that contain objects, such as images, are also at risk from corruption and data loss.

In this article, we’ll show you how to safely manage large Word documents and where the limits of Word lie. Working with very large Word documents is like playing with fire – the longer you work with the document, and the larger it grows, the greater the risk that Word will crash and corrupt your doucment, meaning that you lose your work.

Category: Issues, Office & Software Programs
Issue: 2018 Issue 9 September
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Article Reference: W351



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