it of an oddity on my other laptop in that Word 2002 takes absolutely ages to load. Word 2007 on my main laptop takes seconds. It didn’t do this before – at least I don’t recall it being so slow. That computer never connects to the internet so there’s very little chance of viruses or spyware, but I ran a couple of programs anyway. Both only found adware trackers, which were deleted, but the databases would be out of date – as the computer hasn’t been on the internet. There seems to be nothing obviously wrong with the laptop so I gave the USB drive the once over and that turned out to be all clear too. So it’s a mystery why everything seems so slow on the other laptop.