I am using Word 2013. I inserted PNG and TIF images in the Word file. I exported the word file to PDF, but I saw their images are very low resolution.

I tried to increase the compression quality for pictures:

  • Advanced > Image Size and Quality
  • File → Save As → Save as Type: PDF
  • Tools → Compress Pictures → (x) Print (220 PPI)...

but the image in the PDF still is low resolution.

How can I save/export the PDF file with same resolution in my Word file?

2 Answers 2


Try using a different PDF tool, the built in PDF feature in Word is really nice and usually sufficient, but trying to maintain image quality might be an issue.

You can get a freetrial of NitroPDF (my favorite): https://www.gonitro.com/

Or, PFDcreator is free: http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

These tools will allows you more options when creating/publishing a PDFs.

  • This is really good tool Jan 8, 2016 at 3:58
  • But nitropdf broken my equation Jan 8, 2016 at 4:58

In Word under File > Export you should see two different options for creating a PDF: Create Adobe PDF and Create PDF/XPF Document. Use the latter whenever image quality matters. Save As. . . > PDF (*.pdf) takes you to the same place.

To further improve image quality:

  1. Go into the More options. . . menu before saving

A screenshot of Word's Save As PDF menu with the More Options button highlighted in a red box

  1. Confirm your optimization level is Standard (publishing online and printing) and click Options. . .

A screenshot of Word's second Save as PDF menu showing the optimization level radio select menu and the Options button.

  1. De-select PDF/A Compliant and select Optimize for image quality. Save these settings and they will carry over to future PDF/XPF Document exports

A screenshot of Word's PDF Options menu.

These settings do not result in a perfect PDF, but their fidelity to the original Word document is a fair sight better than the other export option and the file size trade-off is usually reasonable.

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