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Super Compress your Presentation!

Logic: helps send super small presentations via email

Important Caveat:

  • Only link to files you have permission to use or are your own

  • Test, test, and (did I say) test!

Can you compress a 30 meg presentation to less than 2 meg natively in PowerPoint? Well, yes, kind of, with a bit of sleight of hand.

This is something I discovered a few years ago and have used to get large presentation through corporate file- size restrictions. I kid you not, I've sent presentations by email less than 2 meg in size, and they opened on the clients' computer at 30 meg with no external compression software.

Obviously, you cannot have a 30 meg presentation compressed to 2 meg without some trickery. And this only works on images. But it is native to PowerPoint and uses the magic of the web.

  1. You need PowerPoint 2002 onwards.

  2. You need access to a website where you can store image files.

Let's walk through the steps.

I have a blank presentation that I will save as empty.

super compressed presentation dialog box

The presentation size is 30 kilobytes (30 kb).

super compressed presentation file size

Note that the 1 KB file is a temporary copy of the presentation I am currently working on.

Now, let's insert an image into the presentation and save it. The image I am inserting is 1,047 KB in size.

uncompressed presentation image file size

I'll save this presentation as "uncompressed.pptx".

save presentation

Note that the size of the same presentation (the original blank one) with a 1,047 KB image inserted into it is now 1,467 KB. That is fairly good. But I need to email that to someone and my restriction is a drastic 1 meg maximum (for the sake of this tutorial, anyway).

Super Compression

A way to get the file much smaller would be to link the image into the presentation, rather than insert it. But if I, for example, emailed the presentation, the image would be gone. We get around this using the internet, html and the linking ability of PowerPoint.

I first copy the image to my web site, external to my computer. The image is located here:

I copy this link and switch to PowerPoint. I go:

  1. Insert| Picture and paste in the web address to my image into the Open field.

  2. I click the little drop down arrow beside the Open button and Select "Link to File".

insert web image dialog box

What happens is that you have a very small file still using the image. But you overcome the access restriction by placement of the image on the internet! Now, let's look at the file size.

super compressed presentation file size 2

The "compressed" file is 60 KB, small enough to email to anyone! That is, we went from 1,467 KB to 60 KB with no loss of quality.

In Summary

  1. You can link images in a presentation to their internet location to dramatically reduce the size of your presentation.

  2. When the client opens it, as long as they have internet access (and your image is not in a restricted location), the presentation will open!

  3. The file will expand in front of you. That may cause you to think it is not responding, so it is worthwhile letting your client know what you have done before you send it to them.

  4. If your client wants to break the link or links, go to the Microsoft Office Button| Prepare| Edit Links to files.

break powerpoint links to image

You can then break the link, save the file and the presentation will save at its' fuller size. And by the way, you do this at your own risk. And tell your client they may get all sorts of warning messages!

powerpoint error message





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