MS Word 2010 default image quality ppi

August 4, 2019 at 12:47:50
Specs: several
In MS Word 2010, under

File > Options > Advanced > Image Size and Quality

is a checkbox which applies to embedded pictures:

> Do not compress images in file

It appears to be unchecked by default. That is, embedded
pictures are compressed by default. Below the checkbox is:

> Set default target output to:

followed by an input box that says "220 ppi".

The alternatives in the dropdown box are 150 ppi and 96 ppi.

This setting is very easy to miss.

The printer for the book I'm editing suggests at least 300 ppi,
and just told me that our previous book was printed at 556 ppi.
The book I'm working on will have the same format.

The editors who handled this book before me (the author's
daughter and grandson) provided me with the text and images
embedded in a .docx file, so I presume they used a recent
version of MS Word to edit it. That's why I'm using Word, to
preserve the formatting they did. But it appears the quality
of the images they embedded has been degraded.

Is that your interpretation of all this?

Also, they handled the images as .JPG files, while I always
use lossless compression .PNG files whenever I make any kind
of change to an image.

It looks like I will need to replace the embedded images with
those from the source files, at least in some cases, if I am
to maintain the quality I want. It appears that Word makes
this not too difficult with a "Change picture" function when
I right-click on a picture.

Any advice for me?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 4, 2019 at 15:34:46
See if this helps.

Add, format, or delete captions in Word

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August 4, 2019 at 20:14:48
"The alternatives in the dropdown box are 150 ppi and 96 ppi"

That's because you're using an outdated version of Word.

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August 5, 2019 at 06:05:12

re: "The alternatives in the dropdown box are 150 ppi and 96 ppi"

In my version of Word 2010, the alternatives in the drop down are 330, 220, 150 and 96. Do you not have the 330 option?

As riider pointed out, Office 2016 added High Fidelity, but here are the words that MS uses to describe the setting, with my emphasis added:

"Beginning with Office 2016, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have a high fidelity image resolution option that allows you to insert a picture into a document with minimal compression for optimal rendering on high-resolution displays."

Whether or not the High Fidelity option would improve the print quality of the image is not discussed.

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