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Office programs that take a long time to start and stop is a tough one to diagnose long distance. There are a few steps to try to get you back up to speed.
On my Win 7, dual core HP4400 Workstation, Word and Excel 2007 have suddenly overnight started taking one to two minutes to load and shut down. Once open, they work fine but they take one to two minutes to close. This happens every time with Word and Excel but no other programs. My machine is standalone with no network system.
In this excerpt from Answercast #87, I look at an odd case where Microsoft Office programs are suddenly opening and shutting down slowly.
So a network is certainly the first thing that came to mind - because obviously if you're attempting to access a network connection that no longer exists, it takes time for the software to realize that it's not gonna connect and that can happen at start up for certain things.
The first thing that comes to mind is potentially: add-ins.
Maybe you've recently installed an add-in of some sort to Office (or to Word or Excel) that is taking more time to get started or shut down.
Lastly, the only other thing that really comes to mind... there's nothing obvious; I'll tell you that.
The only other thing that really comes to mind would be to perform a repair install of Office. That should reinstall the software in such a way that it might clear up whatever it is that's kind-of getting in the way of startups and shut down.
I don't have a clear answer for you but that's direction that I would head. The article that I point you at is "How do I repair Microsoft Office?" That should have instructions for doing that repair.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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