Shrink MS-Word Documents

Have you ever written a document and ended up with three words on another page? How annoying! Don't you wish you could "shrink" the document a bit and lose that last page?

Well, you could try a different font size. Or, you know, adjusting it up and down just to find the exact change that will remove the need for the unwanted last page. But why waste the time when you could get Word to do that for you?

The solution to this problem is Word's "Shrink to Fit" feature found in the Print Preview section. (File menu, Print Preview choice or use the Print Preview button located on the Standard toolbar).

Once in the Print Preview, you're looking for the Shrink to Fit button. Click it and Word will shrink your document's font size to reduce the number of pages by one.

I sometimes get an error message from the Office Assistant telling me that Word couldn't make the change. With some effort, I found that if I saved the document as is and then tried again, it would complete the shrink.

There you have it. Word's version of the phrase "Shrink to Fit!"


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