This is a "feature". It sounds to me as though you have not applied the
latest updates for Word and OS X. You will find that the pauses are
practically unnoticeable in OS 10.3.3., but you will need to be at Office
10.1.5 to take advantage of this.
When I say this is a "feature", it's actually the way "multi-tasking"
operating systems work. A computer than can actually do more than one thing
at a time has not actually appeared on a desktop, and is very unlikely to do
What the computer does is do "little pieces" of a large number of different
tasks, in very closely spaced sequence. In Apple OS 10.0.0, the pieces were
too large and the prioritisation of which applications were given how many
pieces each second were way out of line. OS X is Unix, and Unix systems
have to be "tuned" to run well.
The tuning is far, far better in OS 10.3.3, and Office 10.1.5 includes the
updates needed to take advantage of the latest tuning scheme.
So: The "pauses" are a feature of a pre-emptive multi-tasking Operating
System. The Operating System can allow only one application at a time to
have control of the CPU, and everyone else must wait their turn. However,
in OS 10.3.3. Correct system tuning has reduced most of the pauses to a few
milliseconds. Human beings (even musicians!) will never notice the pauses
when they are that short.
If you are already fully updated and you still have pauses, then I am afraid
your computer is too slow! The first thing you can try is quitting (rather
than minimising) all those applications you are not actively using. Just
because they are minimised does not mean they are fully stopped: they are
still helping themselves to pieces of the CPU's time and large hunks of
memory. Quit anything you are not going to use in the next half hour.
The other thing you can do that pays huge dividends is add real memory to
the computer. One gigabyte of real memory makes OS X run beautifully: all
of the applications then have all the room they need to spread themselves
around and remain resident in memory. Those annoying pauses while
components are loaded from disk become a thing of the past.
If adding memory doesn't fix it, well then your Significant Other will
obviously understand why you just *have* to buy a new computer... Yeah,
right... Don't we wish...
Hope this helps
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