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>I know Adobe Reader can do it.
Reader has nothing to do with it.
To find out what's happening, we need to know how you are making the PDF. For starters, you can't "save" to a PDF from Word 2007. Do you mean "convert" "print" or something else and do you have Acrobat (not the free Reader)?
I have Adobe Acrobat 8.0 and Reader 8.0. In MS Word 2007, if I click Save As, I can select the file type as PDF. I do not know which program is allowing this (Word, Acrobat or Reader). When I select PDF, my Save As window changes slightly, giving me options, such as saving in Standard or Minimum size formatting (and no, minimum size formatting doesn't perform the way I need it to). I can also click on an Options button, which is where I can choose to remove the accessibility options as I mentioned previously.
So, sorry, I didn't know that Reader was not the program performing this. It must be Acrobat.
I'll rephrase my statement: I know a program that I'm using at the time I save a Word 2007 file as a PDF has the capability to save a PDF exactly as I need it.
I installed the plug-in from Microsoft that allows you to save any Office file as a .pdf file (did that this morning). After the plug-in was installed, you can go to Save As... and have the option to save as a PDF file. It gives you two options when saving: "Standard" for quality printing, or "Minimum size" for publishing online. My problem is that using either version converts a 34k Word file to a 370K PDF file. I would think that the "Minimum size" would create a smaller file size, but it did not in my case. The document that I was converting from .doc to .pdf was all text (no images), so maybe that was why I didn't see a difference. I sure would like to know how to have the PDF files be closer is size to the original Word file size.
Yes, I tried the minimum size option as well, but it does not represent my fonts correctly (for example, Bold is no longer Bold). For me, it did reduce the file size significantly, but I need the fonts to look the same.
The thing is, when I received the warning message, it (Word, Reader, Acrobat???) was able to create a perfect PDF file that was as small as the minimum size option without any degradation in quality. What I want to know is either: How do I set that option or how do I get that warning message to appear again?
I have to say, knowing for a fact that this can be done, but not knowing how to do it is frustrating.