How to turn off image compression in Word

Microsoft Word has a “feature” that compresses your images to 220ppi after saving.  This saves file space for your documents, but images at this resolution do not meet Graduate School requirements for printing.  This tutorial will show you how to turn off this feature for a single document.

We recommend doing all image editing in a program dedicated to that purpose, such as Photoshop, before inserting images into your Word document.  Images must be at least 300ppi unless they are screenshots.  Screenshots are only allowed when absolutely necessary to convey the information.  All images must also be clear and readable.  Increasing the resolution of a low resolution image to 300ppi will not be acceptable.

First, click on the File Button and select “Options” from the left hand menu.

Click on File option at the top left corner.
Click on File option at the top left corner

Select Options from the pop up menu.

Click on “Advanced” tab from the word options and check the “Do not compress images in file” option as highlighted below in red box.

Check the "Do not compress images in file" option.
Check the “Do not compress images in file” option.

Delete the pictures that were compressed, and reinsert them using the “Picture” command on the “Insert” tab of the ribbon.

Use the “Picture” command on the “Insert” tab of the ribbon to place new images in your document.
Compression is a document property, so it must be turned off for each document in Word if compression is not desired.


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