Thursday, March 12, 2009

Why is Word 2007 so slow?

I have been writing a lot of documents recently and was wondering why Word 2007 was running so slowly on my machine? It would be slow to switch between documents, slow to page up and down and generally a real productivity killer. I decided to find out why and saw some posts about disabling add-ins which I tried to no avail. Then something caught my eye about printer drivers.

I had a network printer in my office as the Default printer. I changed the default to be XPS writer instead and voila! My Word 2007 is now very fast, no delay switching between documents or paging up and down. Word uses the printer driver to decide how to format the document as I understand it….

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