Why it takes so long to launch applications?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by peterpan123, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. peterpan123 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014
    Hello, I tried out a MacBook in an Apple Store. I like the size and the keyboard. However, when I launched Words, it took about 8-10 seconds to launch. I rebooted the machine and tried again. Same thing. How come it took so long to launch? Is this normal?
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    When you say 'Words', do you mean Word 2016 or Apple Pages? Or a different application?
  3. peterpan123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014
    Microsoft Words. I am not sure about the version. I also tried a few other applications installed on that demo machine. Launching of applications seemed slow.
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yeah the CPU isn't the quickest and the Flash isn't as quick as MBA/rMBP, but still it shouldn't be that slow. However there are a number of things that could cause slow performance, try restarting with 'reopen Windows when logging back in' disabled - heck the demo machine could even have a corrupted volume for all we know.

    So really it shouldn't take 10 seconds for even Photoshop to open, let alone Word. What you described are 5400RPM speeds.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think firing up an Office app is a great test to see how a computer is going to behave, its not the fastest app to fire up.

    I found both the 24" and 27" iMac running off the 5400 rpm HD or 1TB Fusion drive (with 24GB of flash storage) to be exceedingly slow in starting up Excel and Word. They took a solid 18+ seconds to start up.

    In the MacBook's case its not the storage that is the bottleneck but the CPU. Once its up and running how was the performance?
  6. ctyrider macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2012
    MS Word (and no there is no such thing as "Words") is a notoriously slow app to start on any machine. If you combine that with rMB relatively slow CPU 6-8 second startup is not unexpected.
  7. zamboni52, Nov 23, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2015

    zamboni52 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    When I open Word on my rMB it bounces 5 times before it opens to the open documents page. Once open it is very responsive and fast. I'm using Office 2016 for Mac.
  8. Nychot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    Word 2011 on my rmb boots up virtually instantly as does Pages. His demo machine in the store was screwed up. when i was trying out the rmb in an Apple store initially scrolling through a news-heavy site was horribly slow, and actually had put me off on buying one. But the rmb I did buy, a base, scrolls through that same site like butter. Seems the demos in the stores are so overused and corrupted in many cases. Dont judge a rmb by a store demo.
  9. SteveJUAE macrumors 68030


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    On my rMB running Windows 10, 2013 word docs open ready to edit in typically around 3 seconds or less
  10. peterpan123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014
    Thanks for the comments. I shall try different rMB in different stores.

    Do you think RAM does matter? On my rMBP 15", I have 16GB. Clicking on the Words icon almost instantly launched the application. After choosing Blank, the document was created almost instantly.
  11. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    Word 2016 is different.

    On my rMB Word 2016 takes about 5-6s to start. I would imagine that it should start faster on the Apple store demo, since it is an optimized system. Once started, it's fast and responsive, even for very large documents.

    But Word is generally a slow program to start. On my iMac with a super fast CPU but an old spinning HD, it takes 1min to start! That drives my crazy.
  12. widescreenparis macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2015
  13. kfscoll macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2009
    Word and all of the 2016 Office apps are notoriously slow to start. This is true on both my '15 rMB and on my '13 Mac Pro. Office 2011 apps started much, much more quickly on both systems.
  14. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    I run Office 2011 (not Outlook) on my 1.2 Retina MacBook with no issue, from a cold start App`s will always be a little slower, once cached it`s virtually instantaneous. It`s not like anyone will be rebooting between sessions of Office. When you reboot OS X there is a lot going on, this can and will exasperate the perceived delay in MS Office Apps opening.

  15. roxysdad, Nov 24, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2015

    roxysdad macrumors member

    May 19, 2005
    Word 2016 opens in 3.5 seconds on my 1.2/512. Once open there is zero lag or issues.

    Update: tried a few more times. 3.5 was an anomaly. Looks more like 4-5 depending on I don't know what. Oh well. Still runs great.
  16. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Office seems to open slower and slower with every iteration. If it opens fast for you, it's probably because you haven't updated to the latest version yet and you have a bit of a hardware advantage.

    It takes almost exactly as long to open the latest version of Word on my Surface Pro 3 as it does to open the latest version on my Macbook.
  17. Flunkyturtle macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2011
    I'm using office 2011 and it opened instantly, it's definitely the version!

    I'm using a 1.1 RMB

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