Look Up Word in dictionary is slow

Microsoft Office word 2003
August 12, 2010 at 14:05:58
Specs: Windows XP
I am operating an XP and I have a problem with MS Word that has been going on for a few days now. When I try to look up a word in the dictionary, it takes a long time to load. A client in my network circle also seems to have this problem (I'm the host computer and there is only one other computer using my connection ) Any help would be much appreciated.

And sorry if I didn't make that clear. I'm not an expert on these thing :(

Some info on my computer

Windows XP Media Center Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3
HP AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
2GHz 960 MB RAM

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August 13, 2010 at 07:28:31

Can you explain what you are doing in detail.

What sequence of commands are you using in Word, to look up a word in the dictionary.

If the problem is within Word, the internet connection doesn't seem to be relevant unless the dictionary you are accessing is on a web site - if so, please include the web site & page address.


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August 13, 2010 at 21:53:04
He means, when your use the "look up" function to search the meaning, synonym etc. of a word, there is an enormous delay period before any results pop up. I'm experiencing the same issue. To activate the "look up" function, you right click on the desired word and select the "look up" function, then a side panel pops up and researches the word, using references from dictionaries and thesauruses. there is no websites or addresses involved. It's just something you use on Microsoft word.

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August 14, 2010 at 04:30:32
You said there is no websites or addresses involved

The 'Research pane' functions use a range of web sites to find information - just look at the drop-down list under the 'Search for:' box.

(He means ... note that the individual who posted may be female - you can't assume that the individual was male).

If it is this research function that has slowed down, try individual research options and see if one of them is particularly slow. Your post suggest that you are using a particular dictionary.

As most Encarta services were discontinued - see this Microsoft article , if an Encarta service is one of the listed services, then there will be a delay while Word tries to find it.

The MS article includes a fix.

I am assuming that access to other web sites through your web browser is not experiencing delays - if it is it will affect this Word function.


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August 24, 2010 at 08:19:12
My apologies. I stand corrected in both cases. I was mislead since Microsoft calls the Encarta and other research sources, services.

Neways, Encarta Dictionary is still functioning. Just not the other Encarta products. The slow issue for me, seems to be random. Often it is very quick and then like once every blue moon, it'll become sluggish.

Thx for taking the time to help out, Humar.

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August 24, 2010 at 19:17:33
Hi Tam3,

Thanks for your response.

Lets hope that ellelta gets some help from all of this.



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November 30, 2010 at 20:42:45
sorry for the late reply

actually, the problem occurs when i activate the Microsoft word window after already activating another window, like firefox, or powerpoint.

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