Microsoft Word sluggish on MBP

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  1. fang shi tong macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    Microsoft Word has always been sluggish on my MBP, something that I never noticed when I was using a desktop G4. For example...

    1) When scrolling down (whether using the "Page down" key or two-fingered scrolling), the screen will just hang there frozen for several seconds, and then madly scroll down, sometimes far beyond what I intended.

    2) It is slow to open and VERY slow to close.

    3) At times, the cursor will just disappear while deleting or typing, and the program will become completely unresponsive for several seconds. If I continue typing or deleting while it is frozen, the action may or not be completed when it "thaws."

    Suggestions for ways to correct this kind of thing would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Mark
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  3. fang shi tong thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, sorry, I should have given that. It's v11.5.3. I'm running Leopard 10.5.6.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    So that's Office 2004 right? In that case I'd guess it's a universal binary issue. Office 2008 is UB and runs fine- I remember having problems as you describe using Excel 2004. It was painful.
     
  5. fang shi tong thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, 2004. Quite right. OK, many thanks for the tip. Cheers.
     
  6. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    I have office 08 and its a little slower on osx than windows, especially opening.

    Open up Word or excel on my old Vista laptop and it was BAM! instantaneous,

    OSX its wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, open. Everything else seems to runs just about as fast though.
     
  7. Pagga macrumors 6502

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    Any version of Word will open and close slowly on leopard, but I must admit is is painfully slow on my 17" 2.93 GHZ MBPU ...

    P
     
  8. Emerica macrumors member

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    I've noticed that Word 2008 is a little slow on my 2.1ghz 4GB Macbook, but never to the point where I think it is a serious problem. Is pages faster?
     
  9. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    This is why Apple make a superior program called iWork :rolleyes:
     
  10. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    True that :cool: I tried Office 2004, 2008 and neooffice and now ended up with iWork and have to say it's best out of all of them.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Haha. Good one.

    I keep Office 2008 (sigh, it's so hard for me to admit that) on my 2 GHz MBP. Word opens in 3 seconds, Excel in 4.3 (+- .2 for hand timing errors). Not that big of a deal.
     
  12. matteusclement macrumors 65816

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    a word processor that eats up 1.2-1.5 gigs of RAM seems like a sloppy piece of code.
     

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