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I am trying to open a 33 page xxx.doc file which has data in in a table (3 coloumns X 200+ rows) using Libre Office 3.3.2. The files take ~4-6 minutes to open (all other applications and smaller documents opens real fast and I have a new and fast laptop). During this time entire LibreOffice will appears as hung. I checked swap usage using free and I can see it used some swap, but very little.

Once I open the document, I do see the data and table alignment completely lost. There are some areas table has contents, but by and large data is not within the cells as expected.

How I can speed up the opening process and how I can get the data almost like when I open with MS-Office?

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It might be easier to help you if you provide a .doc file so that people can try reproducing your problem in coming up with a solution. – N.N. Jun 17 '11 at 10:46
Do you know a way to link/upload a large sized file to this question ? Then I can do it. I could not figure out a way and… indicates that I may not be able to. – Jamess Jun 20 '11 at 6:52
If you've got Ubuntu One (if not it's free) you can upload it there. You right-click the file and choose Ubuntu One - Publish. After that you'll be able to get an URL for the file from the same menu. – N.N. Jun 20 '11 at 10:00

This is does not help you with LibreOffice but it might help you opening and working more efficiently with your document. Have you tried to instead open your document in AbiWord? AbiWord is a word processor that is lighter and faster than LibreOffice

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No. I did not, but I will wait to see if I have solution to this before trying other office packages. – Jamess Jun 17 '11 at 9:52
@Jamess See LibreOffice or OpenOffice? for a comparison of word processors. – N.N. Jun 17 '11 at 10:03

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