"Open and Repair" in Word 2003

  DannyOH 16:22 25 Apr 2005
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I am working on a very large Word Document (MS Word 2003, Windows XP, SP2) and have just had my first experience with the "Open and Repair" feature--as well as the "Text Converter" feature.
Very disappointing, as neither of them worked. Curiously, neither did opening up the automated backup copy (the "~xxxxx.wbk" file), which forced me into using one of my manually created backup copies.

That said, I decided to check the backup copy itself for errors using the "Open and Repair" feature. As nothing happened, I assumed it simply did not find any errors.

When I say "nothing happened" however, I mean "visibly". On going into File > Properties, I note the file size jumped

from 2,813,440 bytes
to 3,386,096 bytes.

At 20%, that's an enormous increase in file size, and to what is already a very large Word Document.

Questions:

--Exactly what does "Open And Repair" do to a file to bring this about.
--Assuming I ever have to use "Open And Repair" again on the same file. can I expect it to increase the file size by 20% each time?

Regards,
DannyOH

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