Thanks for the info. I'm afraid I can't really give you many hands-on tips for T5.5 any longer, since I switched to T6.0 a while ago (and more recently to 6.5). But I'm sure there'll be 5.5 users around.
I use Trados freelance 22.214.171.1247 (build 257). I have installed the latest cumulative patch for Trados 5.5.
That's what I wanted to know.
Since I posted this I found out the problem lies with MultiTerm (126.96.36.1997) and/or the Term recognition feature in Trados. If I uncheck "Term Recognition", translation units close and open without delay in Word.
I tried using several MultiTerm databases but this did not change the delay issue.
IIRC you can improve performance by reducing the search depth - I believe this is in the term recognition settings in Workbench. Worth a try...
Should I upgrade to 6.5 because I now have XP instead of W2k?
Windows isn't the issue. Although Office XP wasn't fully (officially) supported by T5.5, it appears to work.
But there are other reasons for moving to 6.5 (make sure you install the latest version 6.5.2/Build 417), particularly TagEditor support for Excel & PowerPoint, and the enhanced alignment functions (editing, splitting and joining of segments) in WinAlign.
HTH - Ralf