Snippet: Microsoft Word Maximum File Size

September 6th, 2003 by Richy B. Leave a reply »

*snippet* I’ve just tried loading a 2Gb file into Microsoft Office 2000 Word (thinking that as Word supports “Virtual Memory” at al, it’ll be able to cope with the fact I’ve only got half a gig of RAM). It chugs along for a number of minutes loading the file and then pops up:

Word cannot open this file because it is larger than 32 Megabytes in size.

I never even knew Word had a maximum file size!. But what really peeved me was the fact the Microsoft programmers didn’t implement a very small routine to check the file size before even attempting to open a file – it’s not like it’s a difficult thing to do…

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  1. Neil T. says:

    Only 32MB? Sheeesh.

  2. O. F. Jay says:

    32 Meg? There go my plans for writing a thousand-page book.

  3. Dialler Boy says:


    Apparently by playing with multiple linked sections each smaller than 32MB, you can get it to work……but then again, why bother?

  4. Garry says: does not have this limitation.

  5. Andrew says:

    Word 2003 didn’t chug on a 5.4 GB plain-text file, but it did immediately tell me that “There is a Serious Disk Error on File …”.

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