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    We have a Project 2007 file which is resource loaded and is baselined.  We updated the percent complete, and the overall cost is the same, and the overall work is the same, also the project duration is the same.  The problem is the file increased from 19.5MB to 36MB when saved as a different file.  Is there any way to resolve this?

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    Work and duration might not of changed, but of couse actual work, actual start, actual duration will have values for certain tasks now, and the same for assignments (assuming you have resources assigned to tasks) – granted though, it’s a large file increase.

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    Hi CT

    I had a similar problem when I was doing a lot of editing and saving of a project file and it increased dramatically in size.  Please see below the rationale and fix.

     

    File Bloat

    There are various reasons Project files get large. One is simply that the file contains several thousand tasks and has a lot of data. However, Project files can also become bloated due to heavy editing and continued use of the “Save” feature. Using “Save” appends new data and does not overwrite the existing file, so the file bloats. You can use “Save As” to the same file name. You can also have Project do some file “housekeeping” by opening and then immediately closing a file.

    <!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>To clear file bloat

    Because of the way Project stores files, file fragmentation may be the basic cause. To make sure this isn’t the problem: open your .mpp file then select File/Save immediately before doing any other action. Only if you save immediately after opening does Project defragment its .mpp file  However, be advised that using Save As with linked files can actually create corruption/bloat due to multiple link paths being created IF the file is not saved back to its original name and path.

     

    Hope this helps – Cheers, Sue

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