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I like to produce nice documents wnd nice figures are part of it. As a tool of choice I use (lua)LaTeX and embedding figures consist of:

  • prepare vector graphics in figure.pdf or high-resolution figure.png
  • \includegraphics[width=<width>]{figure}

Job is done and result is really nice, no lines disappearing, no blur.

Now I am forced to use Word 2013 and I'm going slightly mad about it.

  • When I include figure.pdf it gets pixelated, downsampled and many image options are disabled.
  • When I include figure.png it is imported over whole page width. When I resize it to 8cm width, it is downsampled. Some lines vanish, contour lines become rubbish.

Is there a way how to keep the quality of embedded images?

I tried to rename the document, unzip it, replace the scrapped image in filename\media\ folder by the original one, zip it and rename back to .docx but it cannot be opened.


Suggested question addresses the issue when .pdf file is created from .docx file. Especially the upsampling of low-resolution images and increaing the size during .pdf output. My problem is with including images and arranging them within the .docx file.

The answer, that solves my problem is disregarded in the linked question, since it does not solve their problem.

  • "Open File > Settings > Advanced, then in Image size and quality section, check option Do not compress images in files." -- Does that have any affect? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 15 '16 at 16:38
  • @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Please, make it an answer. PS does analogy to undocumentedmatlab.com exist for Office? – Crowley Oct 15 '16 at 16:46
  • Possible duplicate of Stop Microsoft Word 2010 from smoothing screenshots? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 15 '16 at 16:49
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    @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 more likely this one: superuser.com/questions/538341/… . Byt your link has the answer in it as a byproduct. – Crowley Oct 15 '16 at 17:33
  • @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Could You write an answer? Quoting OP's comment under the answer that solves my problem (and Your first comment suggested it as well): I feel like I should clarify since this is getting so many up votes - this is a good setting to know about, but it doesn't affect the issue I'm having at all. – Herb Caudill – Crowley Oct 15 '16 at 19:12

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