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[HOW-TO] Speed up OpenOffice

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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.

  1. Launch one of the OpenOffice applications, such as the OpenOffice.org Writer.
  2. Go to Tools > Options and open the Options control panel.
  3. 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
  4. Navigate to the Java section under ‘OpenOffice.org’ and remove the check mark beside “Use a Java runtime environment”.
  5. Click OK to apply the changes and exit OpenOffice.
  6. Relaunch an OpenOffice application and notice the improved performance!

These settings should apply for OpenOffice installed on any operating system.


Written by falcon1986

1 June, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Posted in Software

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  1. Very helpful. Mant thanks. OO was driving me crazy. Rgds George


    25 March, 2012 at 3:28 AM

  2. again, it’s work, two thumbs up

    Ardian Yuli Setyanto

    5 October, 2012 at 3:53 AM

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