I have this novel I'm formatting. It has 37 images, most of them greyscale. They are all under 100 kb each. Most of them are under 50 kb. So I already know it's NOT the images. It's. Not. The. Images. I know what I'm doing when compressing images. It's not the images. :-)
.doc format, it insists on staying at a level of 5,600 or so KB when I need it to be 4,999 or smaller.
I've done the following:
- Copied and pasted into a new document, leaving out the final mark up
- Removed hidden data
- Changed my page sizes
Ctrl - Athen
Ctrl + Shift + F9(this removed about 100 KB at least)
- Removed excess styles, headers, footers, and all things that won't be used anyway
- Converted it to
.docx, where it went smaller but made me lose much of my important formatting (links and stuff).
- Changed that to zip to look at what's so hulking big. Document XML is over 50,000 KB.
If I remove all formatting entirely and have a plain text document without paragraph formatting of any kind and no images, I can get the document to 1,666 kbKB
But I really need to keep that formatting. That's a hulking lot of italics and bold I'd have to find and put back in one by one otherwise.