Answered By: Josie Field
Last Updated: 18 Aug 2017

Please ensure you read the file type / size requirements before submitting a Turnitin assignment. If you don’t comply with these requirements, you won’t be able to submit.

File type

We recommend that you save your Word document as a text PDF file before submitting it to Turnitin.

PLEASE DON'T scan a document to a PDF file and try to submit it. 

Scanned PDFs can't be submitted as Turnitin identifies them as images. All submissions to Turnitin must contain at least 25 words that are not part of an image.

To save a Microsoft Word file as a PDF, choose File -> Save As and select PDF from the Save as type drop down option. Then click Save.

Turnitin accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:

  • Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX)

  • Portable Document Format (PDF)

  • Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT and PPTX)

  • Microsoft Excel (XLS and XLSX)

  • HTML

  • Adobe PostScript (PS / EPS)

  • Plain text (TXT)

  • Rich Text Format (RTF)

  • OpenOffice Text (ODT)

  • WordPerfect (WPD)

  • Hangul Word Processor File (HWP)

File size

  • Submitted documents cannot exceed 40MB.

  • Text only files e.g. ‘document.txt’ cannot exceed 2 MB.

  • Note: If you are submitting a Word document containing a number of large images, you may wish to compress these when you save. We recommend that you create a copy of your original file before compressing, and always check the quality of images after you have reduced the file size. To do this, click FileSave As, type a new name for your file to create a copy, then click Tools. In the Tools drop-down list, click Compress Pictures... You can then choose Print (220ppi) to compress to a level that is still suitable for printing, and click OK. Check the quality of your pictures in the compressed document.

Watch out for:

  • Submitted file names and assignment submission titles must not contain special characters e.g. & , . ( ) % # ‘ “ / \ – { } [ ] < > : ; @.

  • Assignment submission titles i.e. the bit that you fill in on screen when you make a submission must be less than 200 characters.

  • Submitted files must contain at least 25 words and 100 characters and must be less than 800 pages in length.

  • Apple Pages is not an acceptable file type for Turnitin submissions. Please save your Pages document as a PDF or Word document.

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