Slow down of Word when spellchecker is \"on\"
Thread poster: Mariflor Salas

Mariflor Salas  Identity Verified
Venezuela
Local time: 14:51
English to Spanish
Oct 11, 2002

Dear people:


Has any of you experienced this problem. I have Word 97 and lately I noticed that everytime I have the spellchecker activated (i.e., I choose a language for the spelling as opposed to the option \"non proofing\"), the system slows down tremendously. This happened to me many years ago. Iremember I called the Microsoft Department of Customer Service and whoever took my call said that was a problem of \"aging of the software\" and that basically, nothing could be done (an explanation that sounded totally bogus).


Any experience with this? Any solutions? I will really appreciate it!


 

Alexandru Pojoga
Romania
Local time: 21:51
Japanese to English
+ ...
This one always works Oct 12, 2002

If you have a couple of days to spare, reinstall the whole thing (Windows + Office).


Don\'t forget to back up first!


 

JCEC  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 14:51
Member
English to French
Possible explanation Oct 12, 2002

See below

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-10-12 23:40 ]


 

JCEC  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 14:51
Member
English to French
Possible explanation Oct 12, 2002

See below



[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-10-12 23:39 ]


 

JCEC  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 14:51
Member
English to French
Possible reasons Oct 12, 2002

I can see two possible reasons for the slow down you observed.


1) The performance of a spellchecker is affected by the size of your personal dictionary. The personal dictionary is rarely coded as efficiently as the main dictionary and sometimes not at all, and size is a factor. Try disabling the personal dictionary and see whether it makes any difference.


2) It is not clear from your question whether you are using it on the fly or not. It is never a good idea to spellcheck while writing. Spellcheckers have been known to crash resulting in loss of valuable text.


Do you have any new apllications which may loaded ? WordPerfect is notoriously messy and gobbles resources when theoretically dormant.


 

Mariflor Salas  Identity Verified
Venezuela
Local time: 14:51
English to Spanish
TOPIC STARTER
Spellchecker Oct 15, 2002

Hi JCEC and Alexandru,


Thanks so much for your answers. To JCEC: I do not have a personal dictionary, I only use the Spanish one that comes with Word. And by the way, I haven\'t worked in Wordperfect since 1990 or something like that! Yes, the problem starts when I´m working with the spellchecker on. If I turned it off, the speed goes back to normal, but then when I\'m done with the document and turn it on again, we are back to veeeeeeeery slow speed!.


Alexandru suggests to reinstall the whole thing. I might have to do it.


Thanks so much to the two of you for helping me with this.



 


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