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MS Word takes time to load Rich Text Format

By gopu
Mar 18, 2008
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  1. Hi,

    Can anyone tell me why my MS Word is taking time to load the Rich Text Format documents. Is there any solution to make it fast.

    Thanks,

    Gopu
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,836   +164

    What version of MS Word?
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    to be expected; RTF files are almost 10x larger than the same *.doc file as the rtf
    may even contain the fonts and graphics. Once loaded, it is then converted in memory
    for presentation.

    eg: A one line HelloWorld.doc which only contains "Hello World", when saved as HelloWorld.rtf contains

    {\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\uc1 \deff0\deflang1033\deflangfe1033{\fonttbl{\f0\froman\fcharset0\fprq2{\*\panose 02020603050405020304}Times New Roman;}{\f28\froman\fcharset238\fprq2 Times New Roman CE;}{\f29\froman\fcharset204\fprq2 Times New Roman Cyr;}
    {\f31\froman\fcharset161\fprq2 Times New Roman Greek;}{\f32\froman\fcharset162\fprq2 Times New Roman Tur;}{\f33\froman\fcharset177\fprq2 Times New Roman (Hebrew);}{\f34\froman\fcharset178\fprq2 Times New Roman (Arabic);}
    {\f35\froman\fcharset186\fprq2 Times New Roman Baltic;}}{\colortbl;\red0\green0\blue0;\red0\green0\blue255;\red0\green255\blue255;\red0\green255\blue0;\red255\green0\blue255;\red255\green0\blue0;\red255\green255\blue0;\red255\green255\blue255;
    \red0\green0\blue128;\red0\green128\blue128;\red0\green128\blue0;\red128\green0\blue128;\red128\green0\blue0;\red128\green128\blue0;\red128\green128\blue128;\red192\green192\blue192;}{\stylesheet{
    \ql \li0\ri0\widctlpar\aspalpha\aspnum\faauto\adjustright\rin0\lin0\itap0 \fs24\lang1033\langfe1033\cgrid\langnp1033\langfenp1033 \snext0 Normal;}{\*\cs10 \additive Default Paragraph Font;}{
    \s15\ql \fi-317\li706\ri0\widctlpar\aspalpha\aspnum\faauto\adjustright\rin0\lin706\itap0 \fs24\lang1033\langfe1033\cgrid\langnp1033\langfenp1033 \sbasedon0 \snext15 item;}{
    \s16\ql \fi-317\li1092\ri0\widctlpar\aspalpha\aspnum\faauto\adjustright\rin0\lin1092\itap0 \fs24\lang1033\langfe1033\cgrid\langnp1033\langfenp1033 \sbasedon15 \snext16 subitems;}}{\info{\title Hello world}{\author Jeff}{\operator Jeff}
    {\creatim\yr2008\mo3\dy19\hr14\min51}{\revtim\yr2008\mo3\dy19\hr14\min51}{\version2}{\edmins0}{\nofpages1}{\nofwords0}{\nofchars0}{\nofcharsws0}{\vern8203}}
    \widowctrl\ftnbj\aenddoc\noxlattoyen\expshrtn\noultrlspc\dntblnsbdb\nospaceforul\formshade\horzdoc\dgmargin\dghspace180\dgvspace180\dghorigin1800\dgvorigin1440\dghshow1\dgvshow1
    \jexpand\viewkind1\viewscale75\pgbrdrhead\pgbrdrfoot\splytwnine\ftnlytwnine\htmautsp\nolnhtadjtbl\useltbaln\alntblind\lytcalctblwd\lyttblrtgr\lnbrkrule \fet0\sectd \linex0\endnhere\sectlinegrid360\sectdefaultcl {\*\pnseclvl1
    \pnucrm\pnstart1\pnindent720\pnhang{\pntxta .}}{\*\pnseclvl2\pnucltr\pnstart1\pnindent720\pnhang{\pntxta .}}{\*\pnseclvl3\pndec\pnstart1\pnindent720\pnhang{\pntxta .}}{\*\pnseclvl4\pnlcltr\pnstart1\pnindent720\pnhang{\pntxta )}}{\*\pnseclvl5
    \pndec\pnstart1\pnindent720\pnhang{\pntxtb (}{\pntxta )}}{\*\pnseclvl6\pnlcltr\pnstart1\pnindent720\pnhang{\pntxtb (}{\pntxta )}}{\*\pnseclvl7\pnlcrm\pnstart1\pnindent720\pnhang{\pntxtb (}{\pntxta )}}{\*\pnseclvl8\pnlcltr\pnstart1\pnindent720\pnhang
    {\pntxtb (}{\pntxta )}}{\*\pnseclvl9\pnlcrm\pnstart1\pnindent720\pnhang{\pntxtb (}{\pntxta )}}\pard\plain \ql \li0\ri0\widctlpar\aspalpha\aspnum\faauto\adjustright\rin0\lin0\itap0 \fs24\lang1033\langfe1033\cgrid\langnp1033\langfenp1033 {Hello world
    \par }}

    The RTF format is most useful however, when sending a document to someone who
    does not have MS Word, but some other word processor such as WordPerfect.
  4. gopu

    gopu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    I am using MS Word version - 10.0.6838.0
    Please tell me if there is any solution to make it fast.

    Thanks,
    Gopu
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    joberd, I don't think .rtf files are larger than .doc files. I save a lot to Wordpad in the .rtf format. I did a comparison for the exact same input and came out as follows:
    .rtf format = 1KB
    .doc format = 27KB.

    One of the main reasons I save in .rtf is because of the size! As a matter of fact, early on I use to save as .doc. but because of the size difference, I have recopied many file from .doc to .rtf.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    Not possible. You can eat the load time on the first open and then perform
    Save As and change the format back to DOC and the next time it will be faster
    but you've also changed the file name from xxx.rtf to xxx.doc
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    and 27kb is smaller than 1kb??????

    Open a DOC file with notepad:- it contains unprintable data (ie: binary codes),
    Open an RTF file with notepad and it contains all character strings.

    Strings take more space than binary codes.

    Also got to be careful on this subject with small files as the sizes on HD will never
    be smaller than the cluster size :)
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,836   +164

    With all this said,
    I think gopu has other issues with Word. I compose or write in RTF all the time, except to those friends who have Blackberry's. I use Office 2007 Professional, with Vista Home Premium. I don't know what the heck Word 10.0.6838.0 is. Can someone translate this for me?

    I find that using RTF is no slower than any other format... at least not noticeably slower
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