Microsoft Office Forums

Go Back   Microsoft Office Forums > >

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-12-2024, 04:27 AM
WJSwanepoel WJSwanepoel is offline MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Windows 10 MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Office 2021
Advanced Beginner
MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Krugersdorp, South Africa
Posts: 61
WJSwanepoel is on a distinguished road
Question MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote

My MS Word 365 is very slow in adding footnotes in a document of about 350 pages.


Once I click on Add Footnote it takes several seconds before I can start typing. In fact any operation on a footnote (such as formatting) is very slow.

I run Windows 10.

Any suggestions?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-12-2024, 07:49 AM
Charles Kenyon Charles Kenyon is offline MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Windows 11 MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Office 2021
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Posts: 9,042
Charles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant future
Default

I am unsure whether the following suggestions will improve the situation significantly but they should.
Managing Large Word Files and Combining Documents Into One File In Microsoft Word
If you are not using styles for your formatting, that significantly slows down a longer document. See The Importance of Styles in Microsoft Word.

How many footnotes do you have?
What does "several seconds" mean? Can you quantify this?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-12-2024, 08:33 AM
WJSwanepoel WJSwanepoel is offline MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Windows 10 MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Office 2021
Advanced Beginner
MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Krugersdorp, South Africa
Posts: 61
WJSwanepoel is on a distinguished road
Default Document size

The document is 374 pages and has some 2800 footnotes.
It is a doctoral thesis.

It takes between 4 and 6 seconds from clicking "Insert Footnote" to the point where footnote text can be entered.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-12-2024, 08:35 AM
WJSwanepoel WJSwanepoel is offline MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Windows 10 MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Office 2021
Advanced Beginner
MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Krugersdorp, South Africa
Posts: 61
WJSwanepoel is on a distinguished road
Default

I forgot to mention that I am indeed using styles.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-12-2024, 01:22 PM
Charles Kenyon Charles Kenyon is offline MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Windows 11 MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Office 2021
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Posts: 9,042
Charles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant future
Default

With 2800 footnotes, I'm afraid I am not surprised. Footnotes can change pagination and Word needs to keep track of the numbering.


Have you tried working in draft mode? I have not tried with 2800 footnotes, but it may help.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-12-2024, 01:32 PM
Charles Kenyon Charles Kenyon is offline MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Windows 11 MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Office 2021
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Posts: 9,042
Charles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant future
Default

Keep backups. Do not work within Word with flash drives.

Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to edit your work in the Online Word program or any of the Mobile apps!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-12-2024, 01:37 PM
Charles Kenyon Charles Kenyon is offline MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Windows 11 MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Office 2021
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Posts: 9,042
Charles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant futureCharles Kenyon has a brilliant future
Default

There should be an option to turn off background repagination. That may help as well.
Turning Off Background Repagination (Microsoft Word)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-12-2024, 09:54 PM
WJSwanepoel WJSwanepoel is offline MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Windows 10 MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Office 2021
Advanced Beginner
MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Krugersdorp, South Africa
Posts: 61
WJSwanepoel is on a distinguished road
Default Thank You!

Dear Charles,
Thank you for all the advice. I shall try your suggestions.

Regards,
Willem
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
footnotes, slow

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Footnote extraction macro [Why is this macro so slow? / anyway to make it faster?] Le_Blanc Word VBA 10 03-22-2021 11:38 AM
MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Adding footnote number as part of footnote text part deux NoCalScribe Word VBA 2 10-25-2019 06:44 AM
MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Adding footnote number as part of footnote text NoCalScribe Word VBA 3 07-15-2019 07:20 PM
Slow Form Load when adding People Picker sborj Misc 0 04-08-2016 02:43 AM
MS Word 365 slow in adding footnote Problem with adding a footnote in Word Swarles_Barkley Word 1 11-12-2013 11:42 PM

Other Forums: Access Forums

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2024 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
MSOfficeForums.com is not affiliated with Microsoft