If you have graphics in your document, you will probably notice that it takes longer to scroll through it than it does a document without graphics. This is because each graphic has to be loaded and displayed. The process requires additional memory and, as a result, can significantly slow down browsing.

If you want to speed up browsing in a document that has graphics, you can hide them by completing the steps listed below.

  1. From the Tools menu within Word, click Options.
  2. Click the View tab.
  3. Under the Show section, click Picture placeholders. This way only the outline of any clipart and imported graphics will be displayed.
  4. Under the Print and Web Layout section, clear the Drawings option. This will hide any graphics you have created using the drawing tools.
  5. Click OK.