I have already done some research on the Internet and have looked at a few resolutions but nothing seems to work:
1. Delete or rename the normal.dot template
2. Perform detect/repair
3. Apply Office SP's or updates
4. Run spyware/adware remove
It does seem that when I delete the normal.dot file they open fast for a little while but then something happens and they begin to open slowly again. I'm running Symantec not Norton as I have also seen some issues with Word and Norton AV.
Thanks in advance!