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Old 02-05-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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I have a strange issue with Word & Excel, if I open just Word or Excel (I.E.: clicking their icon) they open within 0.1 second.

However, if I open a Word or Excel document (even a small 10k document), it takes an unacceptable 5 seconds to load.

This makes no sense whatsoever, how can it take 5 seconds to load a 10 k document?

Is there any way to resolve these long delays when opening a document? Strangely, if I open Excel, and then open my document from Excel, everything is instant.

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Do you have your Anti-Virus set to scan the files prior to opening? This would cause the problem when not opening from within Word or Excel.

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It is not set to scan files as they are opened.

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In Excel - File > Options > Advanced, scroll down to the General section and make sure 'Ignore other applications that use DDE' is unchecked.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:34 PM   #5
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In Excel - File > Options > Advanced, scroll down to the General section and make sure 'Ignore other applications that use DDE' is unchecked.
As you may know, the office suite hasn't had a "File" (or any) menu for years, what is the path to this setting in recent versions of Office?

Edit: I managed to find it, but it's already unchecked.

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Boot into Safemode and try it there.

I had a very similar issue - [SOLVED] Word 2007 Hangs -Scanning for Viruses - opening ANY docx/doc file
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It is not set to scan files as they are opened.
What a/v are you running?
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Nearly the same speed here...

0.834 sec (new)
0.901 sec (4 page document)
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I've had this problem with Microsoft File Validaiton add-in installed. Look to see if its installed in add/remove programs and remove it.

Also, can you confirm the Office version?


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See:
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