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  • Hi, I am a master student and I have to use a lot of images for my thesis.
    I have an issue about docx (or doc) file larger than 512 mb when I open it via Office 2010 (or older Office versions).
    But I dont have any issue when I open it via Office 2013!
    What is the difference between Office 2013 and its older versions?
    Is not there a docx limit (like 512 mb) for Office 2013?

    I wonder whether I will have the same issue in the future for Office 2013 as well, or not.
    Indeed, I'm so scared in case of occuring the same problem with Office 2013...
    This bad possibility makes me nervous.

    Thank you in advance
    I really need to hear comforting words...


    \_(ツ)_/ twitter.com/serdaruzun


    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:35 PM

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  • Hi Serdaruzun,

    There is in fact a limit, you can find all the information on the limitations here:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/211489

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:39 PM
  • Hi Serdaruzun,

    There is in fact a limit, you can find all the information on the limitations here:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/211489

    There is no any info about my question in link you gave!
    Your link explains "Word 2007/Word 2010 limits";
    I know Word 2010/older Limits, as well.

    Please read again my question carefully, if you mind.

    \_(ツ)_/ twitter.com/serdaruzun


    • Edited by serdaruzun Tuesday, May 12, 2015 11:37 PM edit
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 11:31 PM
  • Unfortunately the documentation provided appears to be scarce. This is the most up to date information on fil size restrictions I could find. I would assume that you could run into issues with 2013 word as well. There are some work arounds to reduce the size of your images that I would recommend trying to help manage the size. Here is an acrticle that lists these techniques. https://support.office.com/en-NZ/Article/Reduce-the-file-size-of-a-picture-5ad8ca3d-f251-4d96-a9ae-3e7ee374c91e
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12:06 AM
  • Hi Serdaruzun,

    This forum is for devleopers discussing developing isssues Microsoft Word like Word automation and customization etc.

    Since the issue is more relative to end-user, I would like to move it to Technet forums - Word IT Pro Discussions - Microsoft forum.

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    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 2:05 AM
  • I must not reduce the size of my images....


    \_(ツ)_/ twitter.com/serdaruzun

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7:31 AM
  • Hi serdaruzun,

    What is the bit edition of Office 2010 and 2013 you are using. Is your PC a 64bit or 32bit(x86), how much RAM(memory) and Page File(Virtual Memory) set for your PC.

    Here is some information that talks about 64bit Excel improvements, see if you can utilize those.

    64-bit editions of Office 2013

    Excel expert users who work with complex Excel worksheets can benefit from using 64-bit Office 2013. This is because 64-bit Office doesn’t impose hard limits on file size. Instead, workbook size is limited only by available memory and system resources. On the other hand, 32-bit Office is limited to 2 gigabytes (GB) of virtual address space, shared by Excel, the workbook, and add-ins that run in the same process. (Worksheets smaller than 2 GB on disk might still contain enough data to occupy 2 GB or more of addressable memory.)

    Also as per the earlier article from John tallks about "Word 2007/Word 2010 in compatibility mode limits".

    That would mean if you have a document that is stored in the compatibility mode for previous versions (.doc etc) it will be bound by those limitations. Article says Applies to Microsoft Word 2013, hence we would consider its the supported limits, beyond that you might have corruptions.

    Just FYI, note that .DOCX is already compressed zip file.

    Rename the Word file to a Zip (.docx to .zip). Extract to find what is the actual size you are using.

    Have a look at OneNote as well.

    How about you considering to convert the files to PDF for read-only purposes, incase you just want to display it to someone or so.

    Architecturally there is only one limit in the PDF standard: the overall file size must be below ~10GB as the cross-reference tables which define the PDF structure use 10 bits.

    Best advise would be split the data across multiple files.

    Do you create really long documents in Word? If so, you probably know that Word doesn’t always play well with them. It’s usually smarter to split your long documents into multiple Word files.

    But, then, how do you make sure the pages are numbered correctly and easily create a table of contents and an index for the whole document? That’s where Word’s master document feature can help. It allows you to combine multiple Word files into a single Word file.

    Create a Master Document in Word 2010 from Multiple Documents


    Regards,

    Satyajit

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    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:03 AM
  • Hello Serdaruzun,

    The maximum size limit for opening a word file (containing text only is 32 MB) and 512 (including images and other stuff). This limit applies to all the versions of office including the latest 2013. Please see the link to open  a file larger than 512 MB in Word.

    Link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2599449


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    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:18 AM
  • The bit edition of Office 2013 is x64; my PC is x64; ram is 8 gb.
    But I have a notebook (laptop) with 2 gb ram, x86 Office 2013, x86 PC; and Word 2013 didn't give any error with 650 mb docx file (not compatibility mode). I am not able open the same docx file via Word 2010 in the same notebook.

    I dont think this issue is related to PC's hardware or software features. 
    Because All Word 2013 (in different PC's (x86/x64 etc) can open larger than 512 mb.

    After putting an end my master thesis, I will give it to Institute of Social Sciences, and they want to receive it totaly as docx with one part :( They dont want it as PDF. Even if I split it to multiple word files I will have to submit it to them as one part as docx :(

    Is there a file max size limit for Office 2013, or not? If not I will be very glad :)
    Otherwise I will have to reduce size of the images...

    Thank you again


    \_(ツ)_/ twitter.com/serdaruzun

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:17 AM
  • Hi Serdaruzun,

    Look at the link below, its from Word2010 to Word2013 issue, might help in your case as well opening the vice versa.

    Make a copy and delete the .xml file zip it back and rename to .docx

    Word 2013 cannot open large file saved by Word 2010

    The limit for Word 2013 is 512MB as well as per the articles above. You being able to open a file above the supported limits doesn't mean that Word 2013 supports, it. The limitation is not a hard limit as it seems, but you need to be cautious. Inform them you are splitting the document just not to jeopardize your situation.


    Regards,

    Satyajit

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    Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:04 AM
  • I would not advise anyone to use the Master Documents "Feature" unless they are prepared to lose all their work.


    Charles Kenyon Madison, WI

    Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:50 PM
  • Hello Serdaruzun,

    The maximum size limit for opening a word file (containing text only is 32 MB) and 512 (including images and other stuff). This limit applies to all the versions of office including the latest 2013. Please see the link to open  a file larger than 512 MB in Word.

    Link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2599449


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    Nope; You arent right. I can open a word file 725 mb via Word 2013 x86. ...

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    Monday, May 18, 2015 10:22 PM