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Word 2016 for Mac is SLOW with big documents

Last Modified: 2016-02-25
I just upgraded to Office 2016 on my Mac. Oops. I have a couple of big Word documents (> 100 pages) that represent my field notes. Editing these documents is now painful. Both were easy to edit with Word 2011. The scroll is jerky, characters show up well after I type them, etc... Are there features I can disable to improve performance?
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Hi Zac and Tim, Thanks for the suggestions. I implemented all recommended changes w/o any appreciable improvement in speed with my large documents. (I ran into the same issue with Word 2013 on my Windows machine.) In the end, I reinstalled Word 2011. I'll edit reasonably sized documents with Word 2016 (which has a superior UI) and large documents with Word 2011.
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator

You might recreate the document you had issues with from within the new Word. There could be some lingering metadata that's clashing with the new Word.

You could just copy and paste the content into a new Word document.

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