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When I'm importing images into a Word document, if the image is a small image like 100x100px, then the image is imported as something like 300x300, thus making it hideously blurry.

This necessitates myself resizing the image so that it looks not as blurry, but it does not look the same at all.

It also seems that it happens with png files but not bmp files.

Is there a way to import the image at its original size?

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What's the source of your images? –  Andy Jun 3 '10 at 18:37
I'm using Word 2007 on Win 7. All images can be inserted with their original size. What version of MS Windows and Office are you using? –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Jun 3 '10 at 19:00
Andy: screenshots. –  Nitrodist Jun 4 '10 at 1:35
Mepher: Windows 7 64 bit and Office 2007. –  Nitrodist Jun 4 '10 at 1:36
@Nitrodist: how can a screenshot be 300x300? –  Andy Jun 4 '10 at 11:34

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  1. Open the image in a browser, preferably Firefox or Chrome, and copy the image.

  2. Turn view of the document to "web layout".

  3. Paste the image in -- it should appear in full resolution.

  4. You can now change back to your standard view and try to handle formatting from there.

This is the ONLY way I've been able to get it to work half-way right (especially using large resolution images), finally I'm getting the full resolution though. Of course your pages may not be able to display the full-size image depending on the actual resolution, so if you want them visible saving them in a format such at html may be preferable.

In Word 2010 it makes no difference if you use print view or web layout view, the above will work in either.

If you do have software to adjust the ppi of the image: Word uses 96 ppi so any 96ppi image scaled at 100% in Word will look at its sharpest.

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I've never used Word 2007 but I think I might know what's going on here. A picture has two important relevant attributes: the resolution (ie dimension in pixels) and the DPI (number of dots to be printed per inch). You can have a 25x25 pixel image with a DPI of 10, that will be 2.5" square, and horrendously blurry. If your picture comes from a scanner then it's likely to have the correct size already. Otherwise the software tends to insert a standard 'default' DPI, that might be inappropriate. A decent image editing program lets you change the DPI. In fact you might be able to do it in properties from the Windows shell, but I'm not on Win any more, so I can't check.

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I have struggled for this for years. Any image will be scaled and blurred when pasted into Word, even when setting the image to appear at 100%. I just fixed this for possibly the first time ever, using Word 2010, by doing this:

  1. Open the image in Adobe Photoshop CS5.5.
  2. Choose File -> Save for Web and Devices...
  3. Choose "PNG-24" from the "Preset" popup menu at the top right and click Save
  4. From Word 2010, click the Insert tab and then "Picture" and then choose the picture.

Miraculously, the image appears unscaled, as intended.

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After having copied the image, use MS Word's Paste Special option. Select Paste as Device Independent Bitmap option. That should do the trick.

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Can you be more explicit in your instructions? I can't quite follow them. –  Nitrodist Jun 6 '10 at 0:50

In Word 2010, I found that just right-clicking the (scaled-down) picture, selecting Size and Position and then clicking the Reset button restores the image in its full glory.

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