[HOW-TO] Speed up OpenOffice
When it comes to free office suite software, the most common recommendation is OpenOffice. Two of the great features that I like about OpenOffice are the ability to open/edit Microsoft Office documents and to directly export to PDF. The OpenOffice environment is quite intuitive for the first-time user, but some may find that, out of the box, it may perform sluggishly. In this HOW-TO, I will show you how a few quick tweaks can speed up the performance of OpenOffice so you can spend more time creating your documents instead of waiting for them to load.
- Launch one of the OpenOffice applications, such as the OpenOffice.org Writer.
- Go to Tools > Options and open the Options control panel.
- Navigate to the Memory section under ‘OpenOffice.org’ and modify the existing values to those mentioned below:
Number of steps: 20
Use for OpenOffice.org: 128MB
Memory per object: 20.0MB
- Navigate to the Java section under ‘OpenOffice.org’ and remove the check mark beside “Use a Java runtime environment”.
- Click OK to apply the changes and exit OpenOffice.
- Relaunch an OpenOffice application and notice the improved performance!
These settings should apply for OpenOffice installed on any operating system.