I would like to keep SVG images inserted in a Word (2016) document without lowering their native quality (first image) when saved as PDF. Default save-to-PDF from word messes up the images' quality (middle image), which makesthe image look crappy and unreadable. I searched for solutions and used Nitro PDF creator for printing the word document into PDF. This does save the image quality (third image), although changes dashed lines to solid ones. The problem with this approach is that Hyperlinks are not saved into the PDF, and I would love to keep them.

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Does anyone know how to save a Word document keeping hyperlinks and the image quality (and possibly its dashed lines)?

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    I fear the problems you are encountering are inherent in Microsoft applications. MS apps simply are not designed for high-quality or print resolution output. This is why Microsoft files are often rejected by print production teams. Your best bet may be to change the SVG images into RGB PNG images. But ultimately without knowing the entire end goal, it's difficult to be definitive.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 10, 2020 at 18:58
  • Transforming the SVG images into PNG did resolve the moving or changing images, but messed up the quality. What I chose to do is use PDFcreator with maximum dpi to retain image quality, and once the PDF is created insert hyperlinks into it.
    – Marcos
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 21:15

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There is no mention of what software was used to create the SVG, but if possible try saving the file as a WMF. Word will insert this format natively, and graphics will retain their scalability when saving to PDF. I'm a technical writer and we use this format exclusively in our Word documents. If your document has a significant number of graphics, the file size does tend to be a bit higher though, so that may be something to keep in mind.

FWIW: I use CorelDRAW - there are a couple of quirks to keep in mind when saving as a WMF (that may or may not be relevant in other software):

  • You need to make sure that strokes are not set to "scale with object" as that can occasionally cause some oddities upon import into Word.
  • Sometimes the right side and bottom of graphics will get a bit "cut off" (either during the save to WMF or upon inserting into Word; I'm not sure which), so I will usually place a rectangle with no stroke/no fill, slightly larger than my graphic, behind my objects to account for this inadvertent cropping.

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