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When I create a PDF document from word 2010 (or 2013), Images in the PDF file will be downsampled from the original file size (which has 300dpi resolution).

How can I disable the shrinking of the images in PDF? The printing quality suffers from this and I'd rather choose the compression myself.

There is an option to disable image compression but it does not seem to make a difference for created PDFs.

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Can't you use a free PDF printer instead that might do the job better? – Karan Jan 18 '13 at 18:21
Can you recommend one? I don't know any. – Sam Jan 18 '13 at 18:26
Most "free" PDF creators I encountered so far have some sort of nagware inside. They add Advertising or stuff. So I'm not really happy about starting a wild goose chase to find one which might not add nagware and additionally supports higher Resolution. Ain't there some easier solution?? – Sam Jan 18 '13 at 18:35
Is image compression turned off in Word? – CharlieRB Jan 18 '13 at 19:57
Charlie, it is disabled but still it seems word does Limit the Images to 220dpi. – Sam Jan 18 '13 at 20:58

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