OpenOffice to the rescue

Speaking of writing, OpenOffice.org saved my butt today. A large Microsoft Word document I was working on ballooned to over 300M, making even the autosave feature take over 10 minutes (I’m not exaggerating). Finally, in frustration, I opened up the document in OpenOffice.org Writer, finished my editing, and then saved it back to Word. The new file size? 1M and everything ran smoothly. I have no idea what I was doing wrong to have Word behave this way, but thank you OpenOffice for saving the day. To this point, I haven’t had much of a chance to use the software as I was just too stuck in Word. After today, I’ll give it another look.

Tom currently works in developer relations for IBM Watson. A serial entrepreneur, he's been the founder of numerous startups including Investify and StatsMix, a Techstars alumni company. Tom lives outside Boulder, Colorado and in his free time he's an avid rock climber, skier, and trail runner.

2 comments On OpenOffice to the rescue

  • That’s pretty amazing – I’ve never had a Word doc get that big though plenty of errant excel files of 30-60Mb slowing my computer to a crawl… what were you putting in there is what I’m curious about?

  • Good question. I actually figured it out what may have been causing the problem. I was adding images to the doc that were in png format instead of my usual gif or jpg. This is the only difference between other documents and this one.

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