Anyone who has used OpenOffice.org knows that it can be very slow at the best of times, however, a friend forwarded me this tip for making it faster:
- Launch one of the OpenOffice.org applications (doesn’t really matter which)
- Click on the ‘Tools’ menu and choose ‘Options’
- Expand the ‘OpenOffice.org’ tree and choose ‘Java’
- Untick ‘Use a Java Runtime Environment’.
Apparently one of the reasons why OOo is so slow is because it also loads the Java RE every time it loads – this should prevent it from doing so. It will stop you from using Java with OOo but the chances are most home users won’t need it anyway.
Note that this probably won’t have any effect on NeoOffice on Mac OS X, since it has to use Java for some of its operations.
Update: For those interested in knowing exactly what the Java RE is needed for in OpenOffice.org, Wikipedia has a handy guide. It will disable the wizards and all database connectivity, as well as preventing you from saving files in mobile formats like Pocket Word, restricting some of the functionality of Base and the media players on Unix systems.