I am a the tech support guy for a small church. we just purchased Microsoft office 2011 for mac.

we have noticed it drastically slows our imac (not sure on the specs atm) when one of the office products is running.

has anyone else noticed this or is it something on just our machine

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    @mjrider: We need more information to go by to help. What type of iMac do you have? Have you looked in Activity Monitor to be sure it is MS Office? Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 17:07
  • I am relatively new to the mac platform so I have not tried the activity monitor (but I will when I go in next)
    – mjrider
    Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 17:12
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    When you get in, go into About This Mac in the Apple menu and get the processor and memory shown in there. Activity Monitor will show all of the processes that are running in the system. There are other things like Spotlight that can slow things down as well, but AM will tell you for sure what's going on. Also noting when things get sluggish would help as well. Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 17:33
  • I would recommend trying iWork, as it does everything an average joe would need plus more. It's dead simple to use/learn, and personally, I feel it's better than word.
    – fady
    Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 18:42
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    @debug for someone who just purchased Office 2011, I wouldn't. Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 20:32

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Two things you can try :

1) Make sure you have the latest updates installed. Office 2011 has been updated since release, so it pays to ensure the latest versions of all applications are installed.

2) Perform a Repair Permission on your Macs hard disk. This has been known to cure slowdowns in a a few Applications including Office 2011. Repair Permissions is a feature of Disk Utility found in the Utility folder in Applications.

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