Turnitin: Reducing file size for submission in MS Word

When submitting to Turnitin you need to make sure that the size of your file does not exceed the 40 MB limit (if it does, you will not be able to submit).

The file size of your assignment will increase considerably if it contains images, scanned images, tables or diagrams etc. and unless you have  reduced the file size of images before inserting them into your assignment, will most probably exceed the 40 MB limit.

What can I do if my file is larger than 40 MB?

If you are ready to submit your assignment and realise that the file size is too large, there is a quick solution that doesn’t involve any rework.  Microsoft Word (for both PC and Mac) has a tool that will reduce the file size for you by compressing any high resolution images contained within your assignment.

 

This guide will take you through the steps required to reduce the overall file size of your assignment when using MS Word either on a PC or Mac.

Windows PC

Checking the file size of your assignment

To check the file size of your assignment, open the file and then click File -> Info. You will see the file size displayed in the properties section on the right hand side of the Window

Reducing the file size of your assignment in MS Word on a Windows PC

  1. With your assignment open in MS Word, click FileSave as
  2. Click the Tools button (bottom right hand side of the Window)
  3. Select the Compress Pictures option
  4. Make sure that ‘Delete cropped areas of pictures’ is selected
  5. Select a target output:
    Screen (150ppi) is good for viewing onscreen (i.e. in Turnitin) and will reduce the file size
    Print (220ppi) is good for viewing onscreen and printing
  6. Click OK, then Save

Mac

Checking the file size of your assignment

To check the file size of your assignment, open the file and then click File -> Properties

Reducing the file size of your assignment in MS Word on a Mac

  1. With your assignment open in MS Word, click FileReduce File Size
  2. Select from Picture Quality Options:
    Screen(150ppi) is good for viewing onscreen (i.e. in Turnitin) and will reduce the file size
    Print (220ppi) is good for viewing onscreen and printing
  3. Make sure that Remove cropped picture regions is selected
  4. Click OK
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