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This article describes how to get the best possible performance from Microsoft Office programs by optimizing your Macintosh operating system. To do this, you can make adjustments to your system software configuration (extensions, fonts, and so on) and hardware configuration (amount of memory, available hard disk space, and so on).
Memory AllocationWhen you install the Office programs, different programs are set with specific memory allocations assigned; for example, Word is set up with 10,000 KB (10 MB) of memory allocated to it. On some systems, an Office program may run faster if you increase the amount of memory allocated to it. For example, with additional memory, Word performs less frequent disk swapping. This is especially true if you usually use a program to work on large files. To allocate more memory to an Office program, follow these steps:
Virtual MemoryOffice 98 and Office 2001 for Mac are created to run on Macintosh PowerPC computers. All Macintosh PowerPC computers, as noted by Apple Computer, use RAM most efficiently with Virtual Memory enabled. For more information about virtual memory, review the Apple Technical Info Library article "Power Macintosh: Turn on Virtual Memory for Best RAM Usage" at the following Apple Web site:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=16889Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
Free Space on the DriveIf less than 10 percent of the Macintosh hard disk that contains the System Folder is available, move files to different disks and delete files, until more than 10 percent is available.
How to Determine Whether the Macintosh Hard Disk or Removable Disk Is Actually Full
FontsFonts, especially Type 1 PostScript fonts, consume system resources on your Macintosh. Review the fonts that are installed on your computer, and remove any that you do not need. (To remove a font, drag it out of the Fonts folder in your System Folder to the desktop or another folder.)
Additionally, there may be separate suitcases in your Fonts folder that contain large numbers of fonts. If necessary, drag the suitcase out of the Fonts folder in your System Folder to the desktop or another folder.
For more information about fonts, please review the Apple Technical Library Info article "Fonts: Bitmap, PostScript, and TrueType Compared", at the following Apple Web site:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=11909For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/295062/EN-US/ )OFF2001: Installed Font Does Not Appear in the Font List
Extensions ConflictsExtensions and Control Panels devices are memory-resident system components that add functionality to the Macintosh system. These components, which are generically referred to as INITs or system extensions, are located in the Extensions and Control Panels folders in the System folder.
Sometimes these files conflict with one another or with a program such as the Office applications, thus affecting performance. To determine whether an extension conflict is affecting your system's performance, restart your computer with all the extensions turned off. To do this, follow these steps:
NOTE: To reactivate extensions, restart your Macintosh by clicking Restart on the Special menu. Do not hold down the SHIFT key.
If the problem no longer occurs with the extensions turned off, an extension or control panel is interfering with either the operating system or Office. You must locate the file that is causing this behavior. To do this, use the process of elimination.
An excellent tool for this process is the Extension Manager control panel, which lists most of the extensions and control panels that are installed in the operating system. To start the process of elimination, follow these steps:
If the behavior does not occur with the Base Set + Microsoft extensions turned on, you know that the file that is causing the behavior is not part of that set. You must add extensions to that set (note which extensions or control panels that you add), restart the computer, and test for the behavior until it occurs again. After that, you must test the extensions or control panels that were recently added to find the one that is causing the behavior.
For additional information about how to troubleshoot extensions conflicts, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
263159For additional information about known extensions that conflict with Word, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/263159/EN-US/ )How to Troubleshoot Extension Conflicts on the Macintosh
273015For information about how to contact a third party vendor, view the following hardware and software third-party vendor contact information: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendors/en-us
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/273015/EN-US/ )OFF2001: Known Third-Party Extension Conflicts with Office 2001
(http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendors/en-us)NOTE: The majority of Control Panel devices and extensions do not cause system conflicts. In general, printer drivers, network drivers, and fonts in the Extensions folder do not conflict with most Macintosh systems. Likewise, the following table contains the standard Control Panel devices that Apple includes in the Control Panels folder. These items rarely cause problems.
ColorSync Monitors Color Mouse Date & Time Network Easy Access Numbers File Sharing Monitor Sharing Setup General Controls Sound Keyboard Startup Disk Labels Users & Groups Map Views
Rebuild the DesktopThe Desktop file is a hidden database file that contains information about the files, folders, and other resources on your computer's hard disk. You should rebuild your Desktop file on a regular basis, as frequently as once per month, to maintain overall system performance. You should also rebuild your Desktop file after you install any software. To rebuild your Desktop file, follow these steps:
For more information about optimizing, browse to the following Apple Web sites.
"Virtual Memory: How It Differs On Power Macintosh":
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=15854"Mac OS: About Mac OS Extended Format":
Article ID: 297238 - Last Review: May 29, 2008 - Revision: 3.0