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Word 2003 document takes SOOO Long to open

I have a document with three paragraphs of text and no photos or graphics and when I double-click to open it, it takes about 90 seconds.

What is this caused by?
How can I remedy this?
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Try to disable all the add-in's and see if it loads faster.  If it does, then enable one by one until you find the culprit.
Top Expert 2012

It sounds like a corrupt document. Try copying it (Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C), and pasting the open document to a new blank document.


I have no add-ins.
This is the only document that takes that long!
What is the size of the file as reported by the OS?  

Is the file local, or on a server?  Either way, check the System Event Log and see if there's anything unusual, esp something disk-related like retries.
Here are some other possibilities: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/280821

Was there a template associated with this document that maybe isn't there now for some reason?