Word 2008 slower than a Chevette

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  1. Black Box macrumors newbie

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    Is it just me or is Word 2008 unbearably slow to launch? I can load every application in Adobe CS3 suite in the amount of time it takes Word to open itself.

    I say this not to merely bash Office, as both Excel & Powerpoint both launch very quickly. Word on the other hand...

    Has anyone else noticed this and been able to speed things up? I'm extremely hesitant to download any updates from Microsoft in an attempt to "fix" problems, especially after reading some of the comments on this board :)
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    the updates have really quickened things up though
     
  3. yoshinatsu macrumors member

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    That's true. But since I installed some new fonts, it won't even boot. It just locks up, loading the fonts.
     
  4. megfilmworks macrumors 68020

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    Best way to speed up Word is open your doc in Pages!!
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    and then lose your formatting yay!
     
  6. yoshinatsu macrumors member

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    Yup.
     
  7. redsteven macrumors 6502a

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    Pages? I think you mean TextEdit for those quick "what's in the document?" moments.

    Not as big a deal with quick look in Leopard though.


    But yeah, Word takes longer than it should to open i think : \
     
  8. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    Since it's happening after you've installed a bunch of new fonts, try to turn off Word's WYSIWYG font menu. Go into Word's preferences, and uncheck "WYSIWYG font and style menus". Many people report that this improves Word's launch time when they've got lots of fonts.

    Regards,
    Nadyne.
     
  9. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

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    wow nice hint, that works really well :cool:
     
  10. Black Box thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This helps a little bit. Instead of taking a full minute to launch, it only takes about 45 seconds now.
     
  11. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    You said you haven't downloaded the updates? We've done a lot of work to improve performance across the board, including launch times. So you might want to try updating. The latest and greatest version is currently 12.1.5.

    Regards,
    Nadyne.
     
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  13. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Black Box- the owner of this one told me he would like a word with you....:D
     

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