Couple of Word files (.docx) takes forever to save. Its a small document, 50 pages, 280 KB.

I followed all the usual methods, inspecting the documents and removing all the non-needed data. I only kept the headers and footers as I need them.

I also disabled Auto-save.

I also tried following the methods suggested here, but no joy. It gets really frustrating.

Has anyone faced a similar problem. Also, where can I find any external links to the file, its not in the Inspect Document module.

Edit: Saving the file in *doc format seems to fasten the save process, but still its not instantaneous.

  • Are you saving to a local directory or a network directory? – Ramhound Mar 2 '15 at 12:37
  • Local directory. On my computer only. – Firee Mar 2 '15 at 12:43
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    Try to launch MS Word at the command line, with "winword.exe /a" to start with no add-ins or templates. – Leo Chapiro Mar 2 '15 at 14:11
  • @dude: tried it, didn't work... Situation still the same... – Firee Mar 3 '15 at 6:13
  • try to rename a copy of your file to ...zip and extract it. How big are the extracted files. I often had a similar problem when drawing in word. The docx files are small, but the unzipped files are huge... – Steffen Mar 11 '15 at 15:59

File -> Settings -> Advanced ->Save and disable "Allow Background saves"

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    Does this actually help the time of normal saves? – Ben N Feb 14 '16 at 23:36
  • This helped me, not sure it works for every slow save problem but it does help for some. This is a valid answer. – Caleb Mauer May 5 '16 at 12:15

In addition to what David suggested, also try going to

File -> Options -> Save tab and uncheck everything there. Word seems to do a lot of unnecessary things by default every time you save. I save by pressing CTRL+S instinctively every few minutes and all those extra steps just waste time.

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