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Old Jan 31, 2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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Office 2008 Slow Startup: SOLVED!

Hey,
I just posted this fix in another thread, but thought it deserved it's own.
Many of you have been having problems with very slow startup times with Office 2008.

My word/excel/powerpoint used to take about 1+ minutes to load.

It seems as though the office programs hang on startup due to 2 reasons.
The first being the auto start up of the project gallery and the second is the way it renders the preview of fonts(I use "Font Book" to preview my fonts anyhow.).

Here is how to fix it:

1. Launch word
2. Go to Word>Preferences
3. Click on "General"
4. uncheck "WYSIWYG font and style menus"
5. uncheck "Show Project Gallery At Startup"
6. Quit word
7. Reopen Word

My office programs now boot in 4 seconds or less and run smoothly.

Your Welcome

You can also view my blog for a more information http://bbold.com/blog/?p=7

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Old Jan 31, 2008, 11:43 AM   #2
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Hey,
I just posted this fix in another thread, but thought it deserved it's own.
Many of you have been having problems with very slow startup times with Office 2008.

My word/excel/powerpoint used to take about 1+ minutes to load.

Other then Word, which takes 10-15 sec first time around, the rest of the apps start up snappily out of the box (i.e., with default preference settings) on my Mac Pro.
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 11:47 AM   #3
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You are one of the lucky ones! It seems like the problems only happen to some (but most) of the computers.

It definitely has something to do with the fonts, do u have any extra fonts installed?
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 11:54 AM   #4
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You are one of the lucky ones! It seems like the problems only happen to some (but most) of the computers.

It definitely has something to do with the fonts, do u have any extra fonts installed?
Only those that came with Leopard.
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 12:27 PM   #5
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Good tip! Thanks! I did notice the slow startup on the Macbook Air during the Macworld Expo. I'll make the changes when I finally get my upgrade.
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 02:38 PM   #6
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Gonna try this when I get home...the ridiculously slow start-up times have left me longing for Office '04 running under Rosetta!! Just to be clear, I'll ask a dumb question: unchecking these two items only needs to be done via Word prefs, and it will also speed up Excel, etc.?
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 08:24 AM   #7
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Thanks

Very helpful
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 09:01 AM   #8
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Here is how to fix it:

1. Launch word
2. Go to Word>Preferences
3. Click on "General"
4. uncheck "WYSIWYG font and style menus"
5. uncheck "Show Project Gallery At Startup"
6. Quit word
7. Reopen Word

My office programs now boot in 4 seconds or less and run smoothly.
Do they still load in 4 seconds the first time you launch them after a reboot (when they're not cached in memory)?

Using your workflow above, when you quit Word and then reopen it, Mac OS X still has it cached in memory, so it'll reopen extremely quick (as it doesn't have to pull data from the hard drive).
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 06:11 PM   #9
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Old Jan 3, 2009, 11:47 PM   #10
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Thanks JBril!!

Thanks man/gal that totally help shorten the time on booting up office 2004 suite... even though I stick to iWork 08' most of the time .
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Old Jan 4, 2009, 01:06 AM   #11
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This is an old thread. Office 2008 isn't the fastest of all apps, but it's okay to me. I don't bust out Word for a simple essay or research paper. I use TextEdit for the quick note or Pages when I'm doing something to catch my teacher's eye.
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Old Jan 4, 2009, 02:35 AM   #12
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This is an old thread. Office 2008 isn't the fastest of all apps, but it's okay to me. I don't bust out Word for a simple essay or research paper. I use TextEdit for the quick note or Pages when I'm doing something to catch my teacher's eye.
So when the hell would you use Word then? Super-long essays? For me, essays ARE the cause for needing Word, cause Pages doesn't cut it for real writing, as opposed to fancy Pages-style documents.
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Old Feb 11, 2009, 07:54 AM   #13
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This was a cool tip, thanks!
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So when the hell would you use Word then? Super-long essays? For me, essays ARE the cause for needing Word, cause Pages doesn't cut it for real writing, as opposed to fancy Pages-style documents.
I only use Word when I absolutely have to (and mostly, its to put things into .docx, because one of my teachers is incredibly anal about file format). Pages can do APA/MLA just fine for me.
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Old Feb 11, 2009, 08:13 AM   #15
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I don't have "Show Project Gallery At Startup" checked, but I do have "WYSIWYG font and style menus" checked, since I use that feature all the time. I can launch Word, Excel and Powerpoint simultaneously and all 3 open in 2-4 seconds.
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Nice tip.

Works for Word 2004 on Tiger.
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Hey,
I just posted this fix in another thread, but thought it deserved it's own.
Many of you have been having problems with very slow startup times with Office 2008.

My word/excel/powerpoint used to take about 1+ minutes to load.

It seems as though the office programs hang on startup due to 2 reasons.
The first being the auto start up of the project gallery and the second is the way it renders the preview of fonts(I use "Font Book" to preview my fonts anyhow.).

Here is how to fix it:

1. Launch word
2. Go to Word>Preferences
3. Click on "General"
4. uncheck "WYSIWYG font and style menus"
5. uncheck "Show Project Gallery At Startup"
6. Quit word
7. Reopen Word

My office programs now boot in 4 seconds or less and run smoothly.

Your Welcome

You can also view my blog for a more information http://bbold.com/blog/?p=7
thanks word now opens in a flash can you fix excel& entourage so they open has quick as word
cheers
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 08:03 AM   #18
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Tried this...

Not that I feel it solved but launching of Word:2008 now went down from 5+ min. to 2:17,6 min.

Mac Mini late 2008, 1.83Ghz, 2GB RAM.
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 08:06 AM   #19
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thanks man, helped me fix that issue!
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Old Feb 9, 2010, 01:13 AM   #20
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Disable WYSIWYG

Disabling WYSIWYG shortened my open time on SL 10.6.2 from minutes or system hang to about 3 seconds.

Žanks for še tip!
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Old Mar 30, 2010, 11:52 AM   #21
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you are the man. word loads 89237498237498234x faster than before now.
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I know this is an old thread, but thanks for the tip!

I'm going to try it tonight last night I was copying and pasting .jpgs from iPhoto to word and it was horrendous!!
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Even the damn equation editor tools were apparently using custom fonts, now they open fast.
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Old May 16, 2013, 05:32 AM   #24
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Wanna say thanks this has solved my problem.

Hated waiting that 30 seconds - 1 minute to load a file.
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this is a good tip....thanks!
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