The most common cause of that is a corrupt template.
Click Start>Run and copy the command below and paste it in to the run dialog box:
If it opens normally or very fast, either your Normal.dot template or one of the files in Word's Startup path is corrupt.
In this case, make sure Word\Office, IE, Outlook are all closed. Locate and rename "Normal.dot" to "Normal.old". If it still opens slowly, try moving any files that are in Word's Startup path to another folder.
If it still doesn't help, make sure you aren't logging Word information in the Outlook Journal. In Outlook, click Tools> Options> Journal (journal options). Deselect all options, click OK and see if Word Opens normally.
If you are on a network, this could also be a printer issue.
Check to make sure the default printer is correctly set for Office\Word. In fact, check it anyway
If none of this helps, I need to know which version of Word\Office you're using as well as anti-virus.
Edited by HitSquad, 06 August 2006 - 07:49 AM.