Office 2008 Slow Startup: SOLVED!

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  1. macrumors newbie

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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
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    #2

    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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    Only those that came with Leopard.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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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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    cubbie5150

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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.?
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    as far as fonts go yes, u only need to uncheck it in word however i believe the "project gallery" must be unchecked in all of the programs.

    It is the font's that slow it down the most though
     
  8. macrumors member

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    Incredible!!

    Great tip!!! My Office apps start up in less than one bounce of the app icon!!!:D
     
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    For those who have it working. Which OS version?
     
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    cubbie5150

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    Huh... "project gallery" was NOT even checked by default for me, though fonts was... Gonna re-boot my MBP this weekend (for the first time in a couple weeks) & see if this fix survives a re-boot...(does that even make sense?)
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    Thanks

    Very helpful
     
  12. macrumors demi-god

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    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).
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    You're

    :)
     
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    dantheman325013

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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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    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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    01jamcon

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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.
     
  17. macrumors member

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    This was a cool tip, thanks!:)
     
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    benthewraith

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    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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    GGJstudios

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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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    drlunanerd

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    Old tip based on an old build of 2008.
    Folks saying it loads in sub 4 seconds aren't doing so from a cold boot unfortunately.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    Yes, I am.
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    you are my hero
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    excel still slow 08

    thanks word now opens in a flash how to fix excel&entourage
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    thanks word now opens in a flash can you fix excel& entourage so they open has quick as word
    cheers
     

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