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Very slow opening of Word files in My Documents

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by louise898, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. louise898

    louise898 Flightless Bird

    Hi there,

    I am currently having a problem with very slow opening of Word files from
    within My Documents, which started a few weeks ago.

    When I double click on the file icon in a folder, there is a delay of about
    1-2 minutes before anything happens. Eventually Word opens (with a blank
    screen), and after another minute the file loads. During this time it seems
    like nothing is going on (no sound of the hard drive whirring or anything),
    and if you try to do anything else within My Documents you get a "not
    responding" message.

    The same file opens fine (instantaneously) if you choose File Open from
    within Word itself, so it seems to be more of a My Documents problem than
    Word itself.

    Does anyone have any ideas/advice?

    I am running XP (Service Pack 3), and Office 2003 Professional. My PC is
    standalone (ie no network drives attached). I have run antivirus and spyware
    programs, and nothing has come up. I have also tried Detect and Repair
    within Office, and have reinstalled Office, but the problem is still there.

    I see from a web search people sometimes suggest altering DDE settings
    within Word (not sure what that means!), but with mixed results, so I'm
    reluctant to try that without further advice!

    Any help appreciated!

    Louise
     
  2. db

    db Flightless Bird

    it might simply be the
    anti virals slowing down
    the execution of word.

    you might try to first
    run/open word

    then see if the file opens
    via the open command
    from the menu bar.

    then try another method
    by first opening word

    then click and drag
    a word file into word.

    the above are not
    fixes but may prove
    helpful.

    let us know.

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    "louise898" <louise898@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:1DD8784E-A386-454D-94B4-5638AC096529@microsoft.com...
    > Hi there,
    >
    > I am currently having a problem with very slow opening of Word files from
    > within My Documents, which started a few weeks ago.
    >
    > When I double click on the file icon in a folder, there is a delay of about
    > 1-2 minutes before anything happens. Eventually Word opens (with a blank
    > screen), and after another minute the file loads. During this time it seems
    > like nothing is going on (no sound of the hard drive whirring or anything),
    > and if you try to do anything else within My Documents you get a "not
    > responding" message.
    >
    > The same file opens fine (instantaneously) if you choose File Open from
    > within Word itself, so it seems to be more of a My Documents problem than
    > Word itself.
    >
    > Does anyone have any ideas/advice?
    >
    > I am running XP (Service Pack 3), and Office 2003 Professional. My PC is
    > standalone (ie no network drives attached). I have run antivirus and spyware
    > programs, and nothing has come up. I have also tried Detect and Repair
    > within Office, and have reinstalled Office, but the problem is still there.
    >
    > I see from a web search people sometimes suggest altering DDE settings
    > within Word (not sure what that means!), but with mixed results, so I'm
    > reluctant to try that without further advice!
    >
    > Any help appreciated!
    >
    > Louise
     

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