Microsoft Word incredibly slow to open links

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jent, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. jent macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    Whenever I click a hyperlink in a Word document, it "processes" the link for a good 6-7 seconds before opening the link in Safari. Does anyone know why this is? It's only with Microsoft Office.
  2. borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    No idea what the cause is, but I also have the same problem with word 2011 across all my computers - from a 27" iMac with an SSD to four year old MacBook.

    It just seems to be a bug, or possibly a bizarre designed-in feature...
  3. jent thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    I think Word fully loads the page internally before sending the link to your web browser. If I click a dead link in a Word doc, it will end up telling me there is no such destination. This feels pointless to me since you'll find out one way or another with your browser. Is there a way I can disable this?
  4. reemas macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    ever find a solution to this? i came here for the same issue.
  5. DJF3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2010
    Same here.. When clicking a hyperlink I would love for Word to immediately launch the default browser with the URL. Nothing more.

    Don't try to be smart with my hyperlinks Word! :)
    (note that there might be good reasons for this behavior but I'm not aware of those)
  6. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    You do realize this thread has been dormant for nearly a year, right?

    I do agree with your statement that Word shouldn't try to be smart about links. I get so frustrated with MS software at work, I look forward to its complete absence on my Mac. I could get a $10 "home use" copy of Office 2011 but I don't want it. Recently I've given some thought to signing up for office 365 for $99 a year. This would unlock the MS Office that's available for iOS and on the web but I still doubt I'd have the inclination to put Office on my Mac.
  7. PlaidRadish macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2011
    Zombie thread...

    I believe in the resurrection of the dead, sooo...

    Has anyone found a solution to this ancient problem? It's been a long time since anyone has posted, here, but I would love to know if anyone found a setting in MS Word that would stop Microsoft from "doing its thing" - anyone, anyone? Bueller?
  8. Severisth macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2006
    Any luck on this old problem that still exists?

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