Word object acting very slowly

Posted on 2005-03-08
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Last Modified: 2010-05-02
I have this problem: I use a Word object, created by CreateObject("Word.Application"), in a VB6 application. All the commands I send to Word using this object, no matter the command, even parameter change ( like refWord.Selection.Find.Wrap = 1  ), are very slow, around 3 commands by second.

The problem appends on Word 2000 only, and only on half my test computers, no matter the Word patch installed.

I have the same problem with a Foxpro application.

My application send thousands commands to Word, it can up to fifteen minutes to execute a task.
Question by:ayottea
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Expert Comment

ID: 13494959
Only way to speed up Word automation is to use early binding.

I mean:


Dim oApp as Word.Application
Set oApp = new Word.Application

Instead of

Dim oApp as Object
Set oApp = CreateObject("Word.Application")

You must do it for all of your Word Objects in your project.

Anyway automation is not known by its performance, but using early binding you can expect to be twice faster than using late binding.

Take a look here...




Author Comment

ID: 13496116
It doesn't work.
I included the object library of Word 2000 and used oApp = new Word.Application, and it's still slow.

Remember, I don't have any speed problem with other versions of Word, and I got this on only half my test computers, no matter the operating system, or the patch installed.

Accepted Solution

Smallint earned 1000 total points
ID: 13500892
Your problem sounds very strange, and if you are sure all machines are on same patch level, then I'm wondering if may be problem is something external to VB. Have you seen something strange in Task Manager, any process near 100%? Any common program on slow machines? Have you tried to reinstall Office?

Author Comment

ID: 13574284
I got a clue, the problem doesn't appends on Windows 2000, only on Windows XP, but, not on all computer with Windows XP. There is a third clue I must find, and I can't.

I tried to reinstall Office, I tried to ally updates for Office and Windows one by one, I still can't find what is the third clue.

Author Comment

ID: 13771974
Finally, it was a bug in Office 2000 . Yesterday's patch is the solution.

Thanks for your support.

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