Open Office Speed Increase

I just picked up this incredible tip from a Slashdot comment and MUST share it with all of you. If you use OpenOffice like I do, you love it for what it does, but HATE it’s speed deficiency. Well, just open up OO and go to Tools->Options->Java and UNCHECK the box labeled “Use a Java runtime environment” and then restart OpenOffice. Notice anything? I noticed about a 400% faster startup – cutting my time from 20 seconds or more down to less than 5 seconds. Unbelieveable really. OO just wastes too much time at startup getting the JRE loaded into memory. Apparently Java is used for some backend scripting. I have a hunch I’ll never even know it’s missing.