Large word document (53.4 MB) Running Slowly. Advice?

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  1. Forbig macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2009
    Hi all.

    I work with a lot of large ms word documents, all text, no pictures. They tend to be slow in saving, requiring a few seconds to save rather than doing so as quickly as smaller word documents.

    Is there anything I can do to speed up my interactions with these larger documents?

  2. DivineEvil macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    Do you use MS Office 2007? If so are the word files in .doc or .docx format. If they are .doc, covert them in .docx. Docx are a lot smaller than doc especially if there are no pictures!
  3. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    Don't use Word ... I kid :p

    I remember a trick that used to work in old versions of Word. Copy all the text from the old doc, paste it into a new document, and save. For some reason, Word keeps a bunch of old crap around in the file after a while. Dunno if it will still work, but its worth a shot.
  4. Forbig thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2009
    Thanks Divine. I did try that - did not help. Maybe a better question would be: what is an ALTERNATIVE to MS Word that wouldn't give me problems? I'm totally open to suggestions!

    Thanks in advance.
  5. DivineEvil macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
  6. kmaute macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2008
    If you're writing 53 meg documents, it's time to try LaTeX and watch your document formatting woes disappear. Link in sig if interested.
  7. RobMoss macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2009
    Would it not be a good idea to split this up into several smaller files..? I'm just thinking how you'd feel if it got corrupted and you lost the lot, rather than just a small part of it.
  8. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I am guessing you're writing a book or a manual of some type. I know that in Word there was a book format that you could use. What this did was that each chapter could be saved off as a different document and then the top level would be the completed book. Thus you could, in theory break that 50meg file into ten 5 meg files; and only the file that changes would need to be saved thus saving time.

    Anything that rewrites the entire file will take this long, because that time is based on the speed of your drive at this time. Sure there is the pre processing and format setup; but all formats need to do this. Some apps may be better then others, thus try as many as you can and let us know. But using multiple files would be a better solution.
  9. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    Check if versioning is enabled. That makes the document sizes bigger and takes more time to save.

    Copying the contents to a NEW document as was mentioned is a good idea to get rid of old history information IF YOU DON'T NEED that.

    When working with such huge documents, saving them will take several seconds unfortunately.
  10. Forbig thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2009
    After applying what you all have suggested on MS word, the program is still running slowly.

    To change the question, does anyone know of a word processing program that would allow me to create hundred+ paged documents and not run slowly? Or is it just my computer (I have a macbook).

    thanks again.
  11. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    As kufford said above, have you considered LaTeX? Especially if your document contains any math or equations it rocks, but it is great even for just plain text documents with formatting.

    Actually LaTeX is awesome for complicated documents with lots of figures and the like, it just isn't WYSIWYG (at least out of the "box").


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