Excel, Word slow to open

Posted on 2009-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have one user on the network that is having trouble openning Excel speadshhets or Word documents when he double clicks on the file he wants to open.  It takes almost a minute for the program to start and the document to open.  If the program is already running and then he double clicks on the file it opens right up.  It doesn't matter if the file is local or on the network.  It seems to be an issue with getting Excel or Word open more than opening the file itself.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled Office, no change.

Any ideas?
Question by:tmckinney01
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    Expert Comment

    I got this off some site when we had the issue. Can't remember where though. Anyway, try the steps below. We used this when having issues lanuching files (taking a really long time) when we switched to office 2007  (only some people had the issue). After following the steps below it ran smooth again.

    1.) Open My Computer.
    2.) Go to Tools -> Folder Options, and click on File Types.
    3.) Find the extension of the file in question (XLS, DOC, etc.)
    4.) Highlight the extension, and click Advanced.
    5.) Highlight the Open Action, and click Edit
    6.) Click into the Application used...field, and scroll to the end of
    the command.
    7.) Put a space at the end, and type in "%1" (With the quotes.)
    8.) Uncheck Use DDE.
    9.) Click OK.
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    Accepted Solution

    Change the default printer to one directly connected, or some phantom printer (like PDF writer).  If the default printer is networked and unreachable or disconnected network printer, that slows office down when opening.

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    Author Closing Comment

    Bingo - right on the money.  Thanks!

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