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I created the new Publisher document, set an image placement policy to 'Prefer Linked', worked on it, and placed 60 images inside, all images are in the Affinity Photo format, taking a total of 2GB. Saved Publisher document is now 2GB, so all images are placed embedded and not linked. I tried saving a new document, again, a new file is 2GB in size.

Is there are way to force the Linked policy and have files loaded from disk not embedded in the document?

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One of the 1.8 beta improvements is to allow true linking for document files. Until then, linked document files are a combination of embedded and linked. Publisher will know if they are modified externally, and can alert you (or update them automatically, if you've chosen), but it also embeds a copy.

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I got hit with this at the weekend when try to display a few "linked" pages from a PDF in a Pub file and ended up with a huge file on a shared cloud-based drive with only limited storage space.

It's the little things like this that can make Publisher frustrating to use: it's fine for my smaller clients but not yet something I can use for the "heavy lifting" in my day job.

Roll on 1.8....

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