5 Ways to Speed Up OpenOffice

by Admin on November 23, 2010

OpenOffice is a wonderful open source office productivity suite that’s useful for all kinds of projects, but it does have drawbacks. One of these drawbacks, as many users will attest, is the fact that it can be painfully slow at times. This can be annoying at best, and at worst it can have an adverse impact on productivity.

Luckily, there are numerous ways to increase the speed with which the programs in the Open Office package run. This article outlines five easy ways to make them faster.

1. Minimize the Number of Other Programs Running

This may seem like an obvious precaution to some, but many users overlook this simple issue. None the less, this is one of the easiest ways to increase the speed of your OpenOffice applications. Without the load of web browsers, games, or other applications running in the background, your computer is able to run the program without strain.

This may be a difficult technique for dedicated multi-taskers to adopt. But you’ll find that your OpenOffice projects are much easier to complete when the programs are functioning optimally, which will leave plenty of extra time to complete other tasks.

2. Increase the Amount of Memory Usage Dedicated to Open Office

Another simple solution is to allocate more of your computer’s memory usage to the OpenOffice programs.

This may cause other programs on your computer to run a bit more slowly, but it will increase the speed with which the application starts and will decrease the likelihood that it will freeze. This is particularly useful if you have tried the first technique but haven’t experienced a noticeable increase in speed.

3. Defragment Your Hard Drive

Many users don’t realize the benefit of defragmenting a computer’s hard drive on a regular basis. As programs get installed and uninstalled, the computer’s memory banks can become cluttered, which will adversely impact a number of important functions and that result in slowness and unreliability.

Defragmenting your machine will result speed it up. This improvement will include, but not be limited to, and increase in the overall speed of the OpenOffice applications you use.

4. Used Up-to-Date Anti-Virus and Ant-Malware Software

Nothing can slow a computer and it’s programs down more than malware, spyware, and Trojan horse viruses. It’s extremely important to make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest software to protect your computer from these malicious items. If you haven’t scanned for these issues is a while, this should be one of the first things you do.

New viruses are created just as frequently as other technological advances are made, and just because your computer didn’t have any viruses when you checked last week or last month doesn’t mean that it is virus-free today. Eliminating viruses will immediately improve your computer’s functionality, and increase the speed of all of your software including your OpenOffice applications.

5. Disable Java Runtime Environment

Java Runtime Environment runs by default, but it is completely unnecessary for using OpenOffice and can slow the applications down immensely. Simply by disabling this feature, you’ll see a noticeable increase in the speed with which Open Office starts up and a decrease in the frequency of freezing. If this technique is used in tandem with some of the others, you’ll be surprised by the difference.

Employing the five techniques provided above should result in a noticeable increase in speed and decrease in problems associated with using Open Office applications. This should allow you to focus on the projects at hand rather than worrying about issues with the tools being used to complete those projects.

Keep in mind that no solution is fool-proof, however, and that each computer has a unique set of problems. New problems can appear regularly, but luckily, so do new patches and solutions. Though it may be frustrating to deal with sometimes, the OpenOffice package is an absolutely amazing collection of applications that users couldn’t have dreamed of obtaining for free twenty years ago.

Guest blogger John Brook works at one of the UK’s top online stores for business supplies where he reviews stationery, hardware and furniture.

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