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Reduce Workbook Bloat

Ever notice that your workbook is increasing in size at an alarming rate for no apparent reason? There are several causes of workbook bloat, and some slimming solutions.

Have you ever eaten so much that you can’t function properly? Workbook bloat in Excel is much the same thing. Workbook bloat is a term for a workbook that has had so much done to it that it has swollen to such a size it can no longer function correctly.

We checked out the size of a typical workbook containing a fairly large amount of data. With data only, the workbook file size was 1.37 MB. Then we added a pivot table referencing four entire columns for its data source and noted that the file size increased dramatically to 2.4 MB. Add some formatting and your typical workbook size has blown out to almost double by performing a few actions.


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