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Reducing File Size

InDesign files are fluffy by nature. Even a simple file is larger on disk than an equivalent QuarkXPress file; it’s just a fact of life. But you can economize a bit by performing a File > Save As at the end of the job. When you just choose File > Save, InDesign appends any new data to the existing file on disk. It’s faster than rewriting the entire contents of the file, but it results in a larger file size. However, when you choose File > Save As, InDesign completely rewrites the file and does a bit of housecleaning. As a result, you should see a reduction in file size, especially in a document with a lot of large graphics. For example, the file for this chapter had ballooned to 13.4 MB. Performing a Save As reduced that to 8.4 MB. Enormous disk capacities have made us lax about taking up space—I have a 250 GB hard drive. Why should I ever throw anything away?—but you may find that document performance improves as a result of using Save As instead of Save.


  

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