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If Windows or Windows NT is using a printer driver that is located on a network print server instead of a local printer driver on your hard disk, it may take much longer than expected to start Word.
When you start Word, it gathers printer driver information to use for document formatting and printing operations. If the printer driver is located on the remote print server, it can take Word longer to make the connection to the print server and gather the information it needs.
When you are using a remote printer driver, you may also notice that it takes longer to change your default printer setting, and sometimes Word may print documents slower than expected.
Use a local printer driver instead of one that resides on the print server. To install a printer driver on your local hard disk under Windows NT, use the following procedure (for Windows 3.1 instructions, refer to your Windows documentation):
Article ID: 123210 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
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