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Why is it Not good to Resize, Rotate, and Crop Graphics in Microsoft Word or Excel?

Question: Why is it Not good to Resize, Rotate, and Crop Graphics in Microsoft Word or Excel?

Despite the fact that Microsoft Word or Excel offers graphics editing options such as resizing, croping and rotating, in most cases these are tasks best handled in a dedicated graphics software program.

Best Answer: Resizing, rotating or flipping, and cropping images in Word or Excel can inrease processing time and make the file size much larger, and cause output problems with the digital file.  Cropping an image in the page layout program only changes the viewable portion of the image but the entire image is still present and makes for a larger file that takes more time and resources to generate. If manipulated within Word or Excel  the image  must be recalculated by the software or hardware each time you print the file which uses more processing resources and can cause PostScript errors.

Resizing graphics in small amounts of 10%-20% or so in either direction may make no noticeable difference when done in the page layout application. However, using an image editor for resizing is one of those rules that has exceptions.

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