Why I was asking that is that 12 months ago Word starting up in 2 seconds compared to 10 seconds with an older PC would seem fast. A year down the line, perceptions change and 2 seconds might seem slow.
"thanks for your response It is now taking considerably longer. I recently installed Ad-ware 5 and I remember vaguely that when I run a scan, it showed some Word documents and indicated that they were not recognised;I may have deleted those inadvertently. is there a connection? Tks & rgds"
I'm not sure but an upgrade to AdAware 6 would be a start.
A reinstall or detect and repair of Word might help.