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Why does it take Word so long to open?

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Close all instances of Word (Winword.exe). Check task manager to make sure there's none left.

  1. Try removing all macro files since they tend to run during file open/close and it's possible that they're causing some problem. Here's how to remove them:
    1. Go to "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\STARTUP"
    2. Move all files in the above mentioned directory to somewhere else. (Note: In some situations, the MSI installer re-installs these components if it sees some files are missing. In that case, uninstall the software that installed the macro file.)
  2. Try removing Word add-ins:
    1. Go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Word\AddIns"
    2. Rename the key name for all 3rd party addins
    3. Go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Word\Addins"
    4. Rename the key name for all 3rd party addins.
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