Frequent Hourglass in Word

Well, I didn't see this documented anywhere else on the web... so:

Problem: Word frequently shows the hourglass (every 5 seconds or so), disrupting editing of documents. Only Microsoft Word 2000 had this problem.

Fix: Turns out there was a weird interaction with some (seemingly unnecessary) service installed by my Brother HL-1030 printer driver. I disabled the service "BrSplService" and it seems to have solved the problem.

Notes: Thanks goes out to the guys at and their free Filemon tool. It really helped show where the problem was. The tools there rock.

Tags: brother, printer, windows, office, o2k, delay, stall,

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  • ID: 30
    Date Updated:
    2017-05-31 09:57:15
    Date Created:
    2003-08-07 11:09:28


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