MS Word is sluggish with big documents

Posted on 2011-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I'm working on a big MS Word document (590,000 characters).  When adding text to this document, I see a noticeable delay.  In other words, if I type "Hello," it takes a split second for "Hello" to appear on the screen.  

- The file is a 2010 Word doc.  
- Is it the auto spell check causing the delay?
- Is it auto-recover that's causing the delay?
- Something else?
Question by:jdana
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    I think it's just the size of the document.

    Bear in mind that the complete document will have to be loaded into memory and every time you add or change anything, the complete document will need to reformat if you are using the "Print Layout" view.

    You should be able to make it work quicker by using a different view, such as Draft view. From the View menu, select Draft (You can also try Outline view)


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    how much memory have you got
    LVL 6

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    Not sure if this is in 2010 but it is in 2007 and all previous versions.
    There is an option to uncheckmark to allow background printing.  Do not allow background printing.
    Kelly W.
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    How big is your normal.dotm file? Might be worth deleting or renaming it and allowinf to recreate itself to see if that makes a difference.

    Author Closing Comment

    Wayne - Draft View and Web View are both quicker.  Thanks
    Ian - 3 GB of RAM
    Kelly - Background  Printing = FALSE. Good suggestion.
    Con - Tiny normal.dotm file.

    The Navigation Pane turned out to be a huge factor.  I use the Navigation Pane constantly with the document, but I now turn it off when editing.


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