Help! Slow Performance in Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Vince1234, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. Vince1234 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2004

    I really really really hate Microsoft. I guess it's a ploy to keep people using Windows but I have the latest Powerbook G4 15 inch model with 768 mb RAM.

    Microsoft Office 2004 is piss slow. I mean slow. I am an ex-windows user so I can compare it to Office XP running on an old P3, and Office XP on windows is literally 10 times faster. This is just ridiculous.

    I click the BOLD button and it takes like 2 seconds just to "bold" some text. This is unacceptable. I am not on the only one reporting this: has a Mac review from a PC users perspective and this is exactly the same thing.

    Anybody figure out how to get Office 2004 running faster ?
  2. expergo macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2004
    I feel the slowness thing too even though the mac version looks ten times cooler.

    I got a g4 1.2ibook with 786ram.
  3. OryHara macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2004
    San Bruno, CA
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I take a backseat to no one in my hatred of Windows and all things Bill. However, your experience and mine differ with respect to the speed of M$ Office 2004, in general, and M$ Word 2004, in particular. Admittedly, I have a 2.0 GHz PowerMac G5 (2003). However, I see not a hint of the slowness that confounds you.
  5. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    I have Office X on my 1.5ghz PB, and it runs fine. :cool:
  6. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    I've been using Office 2004 on my 12" G4 1.33GHz PB for 6 months now with none of the slowness you're experiencing. Office 2004 ran fine with 512Mb RAM, although now I have 1.25Gb.

    Do you have any other apps running in the background that are stealing cycles? Or try creating a clean account and run Word from there to see if it helps.

    Has it always been like this, or did it slow down after you did something - install memory or some software or something?

    Is the document you're working on very large? If you Bold a section in a large document, it has to repaginate to accomodate the larger bold type.

    Good luck
  7. expergo macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2004
    Mine has been like that since I got it.

    When I italize or bold or even make it into 2 columns, it takes a second or 2 to adjust.

    Before I got my ibook (2 weeks ago) I was using a P3 550 with 384ram running winxp and officexp and it still ran faster. :confused:
  8. Logik macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2004
    I was worried about this as well and decided i needed office anyway so i purchased it for $45 through a site license my university offers and have been pretty happy with it. Word is damn fast.. i really don't notice too much of a difference, scrolling tends to be a bit slow sometimes but it's not that big of a deal for me. Powerpoint on the other hand.. utter garbage.. i'm awaiting keynote 2.0 and will likely buy it as soon as i need to make a presentation. excel seemed to work pretty well for me the one time i used it... never used entourage.. so no comments on that...

    i should note that i am running my powerbook on Reduced at all times ... it gets too hot otherwise.. it's a 15" aluminum 1.33 with 768mb ram and a measley slow hard drive that comes standard (4200 or 4000rpm i think).. runs fine here though regardless.. sure might not be as snappy as office 2003 but .. eh.. it works
  9. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2004
    I have a 17inch PB 1.33 with 1GB memory.

    I just tried bold, italics, and columns on a simple 5 page document. Putting columns in the whole document was slowest, at about half a second.
  10. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    I have no problems at all with my iBook 1.33Ghz 768MB of RAM

    Everything is snappy for me and what I do

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