Long before I was blogging I journaled privately. I journal in a single Word document. I’ve been journaling for over 20 years and my Word document is over 1100 pages long. What I started to notice over the years was how long it took Microsoft Word to load my document. When Word changed over from the “doc” to the “docx” format things really became cumbersome with Microsoft Word. It would no longer load my entire document but instead load just the first few pages and would only load additional pages of the document if I attempted to scroll there. It is Microsoft Word’s way of being a bit lazy thinking why bother making we wait to load all 1000 plus pages when I as the reader only need to see the first few pages.
That’s the problem. I’m not so much the reader but the writer and I’m mostly interested in jumping straight to the end. Generally, to jump straight to the end you’d think you can move the scroll bar to the bottom of the window. That doesn’t work. If you do that, it makes Word jump a few pages and then causes Word to realize it should load a few more pages to create the illusion it loaded the entire document, but then it only loads a few pages and stops loading. So then you have to move the scroll bar down again to cause it to load a few more pages and then it stops. So ultimately to load the entire document I needed to manually scroll continuously for about 2 minutes straight. For years I tried to search on Google for a faster way to get Word to load up my entire document or at least not have me manually scroll down for 2 minutes. I never found anything.
Then a couple of weeks ago I discovered a better way! After I had just loaded my 1000 plus page Word document I wondered what would happen if I asked Word to search for some text at that I knew was near the end of my document. To my amazement Word within a couple seconds found the text that I was looking for near the end of my document. Waaa Laaa, Shazam, aLa Kazammm! Problem solved. Yes!!!
If there was a support forum out there with an open question to solve this problem I’ve had for years I would get the satisfaction of posting the solution. No one else I’ve found has the dilemma of editing a 1000 plus page journal in Word so I don’t think I’d even get any interest if I published the solution on YouTube. So, for now, I’m quietly celebrating my brilliant discovery to a multi-year old problem of my audience of just one person.
Questioner: I constantly have to make edits to a 1000 plus page document. When ever I load this document Word only loads the first few pages and I can’t figure out how to make Word load the entire document. Do you have any answers?
Answer: I understand. It would be nice if Word had a setting you could set to tell it to always load the entire document. But I have a workaround that may meet your needs. I recommend at the end of your document type in the words “END OF DOCUMENT”. Then in the future if you end up reloading your document from anew, just make Word search for the text “END OF DOCUMENT”. Word will then load your entire document rather quickly.
Questioner: Your solution worked for me! Thank you so much, Wilson, for answering my question. You’re the best!
Answer: You’re quite welcome. And thank you for the compliment and asking the tough questions.
Questioner: Glad you liked my tough question. Hey seems like we connect we should get together?