[log in to unmask] wrote: >> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of ROGER MILLS > >> In the process of converting some OO files (mostly just text, no > bells and >> whistles) to Word, I've discovered that the Word files are 2-3 > times bigger >> (in KBs). Why??? > > Only 2-3 times! They're usually more than that. The reason is that > a DOC contains more than just raw text. It also has to store all > the formatting information. You can always do a "save as" in word > to store it as plain text. It's not really the formatting information --- OO has formatting information too. It's the fact that the Word format is pretty much a copy of whatever's in memory (relating to the document) at the time you press "save". So that includes some useful stuff like detailed undo information (ever wrote something embarrassing in a Word document, then deleted it? Copy/Paste the contents to a new file before you give it to someone else) and a lot of apparently useless stuff as well. Very convenient for Microsoft's purposes, much less so for everyone else. -- Tristan.