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Solved: How to enhance the speed of saving large Word document?

Troubleshooting Question

I’m dealing with a massive 3,400-page Word document, and the saving process, whether automatic or manual, is taking approximately 10 seconds each time. I’m using a 2021 iMac with the Apple M1 chip, 8 GB of memory, running OS Ventura 13.5.2, and Microsoft Word for Mac, Version 16.76.1.

Is there a way to improve the speed of saving this document in Word?


To enhance the speed of saving a large Word document, consider to compress of file size for the following elements:

  • Images: Check if there are large or high-resolution images in the document that can be compressed or resized without significantly affecting quality.
  • Fonts: Review the fonts used in the document. Minimize the use of custom or uncommon fonts, as they can increase file size.
  • Embedded Charts: If there are extensive embedded charts, simplify or optimize them, especially if they contain complex data or formatting.
  • Embedded Objects: Evaluate embedded objects like spreadsheets or other documents. Ensure they are necessary, and optimize them if possible.

By reducing the file size through these optimizations, you can potentially improve the saving speed of your large Word document.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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