Deleting cropped areas does not decrease word file size (2019 pro and 365 )

jean luc dG 0 Reputation points

In image compression, I selected "all images", "remove cropped areas", and 96dpi.

In the advanced options, I checked "discard changes"

Procedure described in

But, after saving, the file size does not decrease and the original images remain accessible!!! (it reappears by choosing edit image)

Same problem in Word 365 and Word pro 2019, OS Windows 10 21H2

Fallback solution I use.:

click on picture

if modify the image is proposed, it means that the initial image is available

in this case choose "save as image" (it is the cropped image that is exported)

then on "change the image" to re-import it.

the size of the recorded file is decreasing...

  But this solution is tedious when there are hundreds of photos.

While Word offers a global procedure...

Is this a bug, or is there a detail missing in the procedure described on

thank you very much for your help
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  1. Emily Hua-MSFT 27,546 Reputation points

    Hi @jean luc dG

    the original images remain accessible!!!

    Do you mean that after saving, the original picture resolution, etc. does not change?

    I followed the steps of compressing pictures, the size of documents has indeed decreased. Pleae note, my pictures are all in .jpg.


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  2. jean luc dG 0 Reputation points

    Hi Emily

    thank you for your advice, the file size decreases if it contains JPEG images.

    I discovered the possibility of seeing the technical content of a docx file after renaming it to .zip.

    The file I'm having trouble with contains .emf images. This is the source of the problem!

    Word does not crop or compress original .emf images.