How to make OpenOffice.org go faster

Posted: May 12, 2009 in linux

this has been around for a while.  i’m posting this on my blog because i keep on forgetting the steps.  at least i don’t have to search the web for it now.  and i’m spreading the `love` too!  hehe.. . 😛

here are the three (3) easy steps to make your OpenOffice.org start up faster.  many people find OpenOffice.org a bit slow and heavy.  this is very noticeable when you start it up.  while there is a quickstarter applet for this, i never liked to use it. it’s only eating up valuable memory.

note: before you do this, start OpenOffice.org and try to observe how fast (or slow) it initializes.  then compare the start-up time after you’ve done these steps.

Step 1 > Open up the Options dialog box. You can do this by clicking on Tools, then selecting Options from the menu as shown below.

OOo_step1

Step 2 > Select Memory from under OpenOffice.org.  There are like 5 things you can set under Memory.  Copy the ones shown in the image.  These are the advisable values.

OOo_step2

in other How To sites, they recommend to enable the QuickStarter applet.  i don’t recommend this. in fact, i never use that applet.  i don’t know if it’s still packaged with the newer OpenOffice.org versions. it seems like that is in the older versions of OpenOffice.org.  the Memory  Options in the newer versions of this wonderful office suite doesn’t have that quickstarter option.  you won’t see it anymore.  i’m using OpenOffice.org 3.0 as packaged with Kubuntu 9.04.

Last Step (3) > Go to Java Options. Make sure the checkbox is not checked.

OOo_step3

After you’ve done these steps, click OK and you are good to go!  Exit OpenOffice.org.  Start it again and see the difference these 3 simple steps make.

you may want to read this post too >> http://www.zolved.com/synapse/view_content/28209/How_to_make_OpenOffice_run_faster_in_Ubuntu

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