Big Document then! (That explains why it takes so long to open particularly if you have AV running at the same time)
Have you tried opening the document. Copying it all to a new document (CTRL + A keys) and then working with that one? I don`t know if your linked Excel tables will all copy OK. How many are there? Is it a pain to copy those individually?
Taff36 - That has worked. Apart from a couple of formatting probs it worked a treat.
Thankyou all for your help. It is greatly appreciated. I have been working on this project for a month or so and the excel tables are the key part. I didn't really want to link them all again and format them to the right size etc.
I think this might have something to do with tracking changes as Word has to keep a lot of old information when you make any alterations to a document. When you have been working on it over a long period of time, in several sessions it can become large and unwieldy. Check to see if you are Tracking Changes - Tools, Track Changes, Highlight Changes - and un-tick the "Track changes while editing" box, unless you really need it.
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