Word and Excel are slow to open a file

Word and Excel open very slowly on double clicking any document file

Word and Excel are slow to open a file

KODAK EASYSHARE Software known issue (old)

Known Problem: Clicking on any Microsoft Office Document file (Word or Excel) causes a very long delay before the program loads and displays the selected document's contents! This delay has been found to be between 1.5 - 3 minutes!

However, if you actually open Word first and choose Words MENU [File] then [Open] to open any document there is no abnormal delay (document view occurs at normal speed).

Fault Background: In my research, I have found that the very popular Kodak EasyShare program often causes this problem! I have documented many cases - and all over the years. Some of the older versions of the Kodak 'EasyShare' software have been found to cause such 'glitches' with the Microsoft Office programs - however, there is a working solution shown here:


Step 1: Simply remove the Kodak Easy Program, using the Windows ADD / REMOVE feature in the control panel. Once that is complete, re-start Windows and then test opening a Word Office (or Excel, etc) document by double-clicking the document file.

Step 2: Install the latest Kodak Easy Share Software direct from Kodak's Internet website at either: http://www.kodak.com/ or http://www.kodak.com.au/

KODAK EASYSHARE Software - WINDOWS Operating Systems:

NOTE: An updated APPLE QUICKTIME Player is also required for some of Kodak Easyshare software features. I recommend that you additionally download the latest version of the QUICKTIME Player from Apple:

Once the two above updates are installed, I suggest you restart your computer.

The Office Document problem is normally fully resolved and now you have the latest stable (working) Kodak EasyShare software edition.

The later versions of Kodak EasyShare have been fully tested to resolve this problem (Microsoft documents being SLOW to OPEN)!

Word 2013 and Excel are slow to open in Windows 10

In an effort to protect you from carelessness, Microsoft Word opens documents from certain sources, such as email attachments, in Protected View, a mode which does not allow you to edit them. While it's easy enough to click the Enable Editing button at the top of the screen if you want to make changes, you should not have to do that.

Known solution

  • Open Word
  • Click on the File tab in the upper left corner
Click on Word File Tab
  • Select Options
  • Select Trust Center in the left pane
Word Trust Center
  • Click Trust Center Settings
Word Trust Center Settings
  • Select Protected View
Word Select Protected View
  • Uncheck all three options under Protected View and Click Ok
Word Clear three options in Protected View

Fix the Excel File Slow-to-Open Bug in Windows 10


Using either Office 2013 or the latest Office 2016, opening an Excel file from the file system takes about 20 seconds to load the file completely - even if the file contains no data.


Turn off the “Hey, Cortana” feature

  • Open Cortana and go to Settings
Cortana Settings
  • Locate the Hey Cortana setting and turn it off
Disable Hey Cortana in Settings
  • Reboot the computer