ods and rtf file extensions taking long time to open when connected to Internet


curt jugg

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I have a fairly new HP Pavilion desktop computer with Windows 11. I have found that the ods (but not odt) and rtf file extensions take about a minute to open. However, if I disconnect from the Internet they open at normal speed. Can anyone suggest why this might be, please?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 21H2
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion TP01
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11700 @ 2.50GHz 2.50 GH
    Memory
    16.0 GB
The .rtf/Rich Text Format is fairly common and can be opened in WordPad and other office-type programs, does the same problem exist there for you? The format of .ods suggests you are using LibreOffice which shows it as a spreadsheet or maybe another free office product, maybe OpenOffice, maybe the program with the problem is "calling home" before opening the file.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
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    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
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    24" Dell
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    Firefox, Edge
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Thanks for your reply. The rtf files were created in WordPad and if I use WPS Office to open them the problem doesn't occur. The ods files were created in LibreOffice as were the odt ones. The latter, however, open straight away. I also have a laptop with Windows 10 and I don't have the problem with opening these same file extensions on that.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion TP01
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11700 @ 2.50GHz 2.50 GH
    Memory
    16.0 GB
Have you tried opening the problem files and re-saving but adding a character to the name? I'm not getting a sense of why being on the Internet would be causing an issue unless it's the program trying to check for updates, maybe an auto-update setting in it?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
I've created a new rtf file using WordPad and a new ods file using LibreOffice. With the Internet disconnected they both open straight away. With the Internet connected they both take up to 50 seconds to open (by double clicking). If I use WPS Office to open the rtf file it opens straight away even with the Internet connected. There is actually a difference in the way the two file types open with the Internet connected. With the rtf file there is simply a long wait, but in the case of the ods file a blank document appears and only after the long wait does the actual document appear. As two different programs are involved, I assume this can't be a program fault as it would be odd if the two programs were both checking for updates.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion TP01
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11700 @ 2.50GHz 2.50 GH
    Memory
    16.0 GB
Yep, it's strange and I have not been able to replicate it.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Do you think it could be a problem with my new computer? Or with Windows 11?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion TP01
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11700 @ 2.50GHz 2.50 GH
    Memory
    16.0 GB
It's hard to say, I've only gotten a new Notebook in Oct. and a new Desktop in April, both came with WIn10 Pro and after all the updates were installed they Upgraded to Win11 Pro. None of my other computers can run Win11.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
A Bing search for "wps office" is interesting...

WPS Office (an acronym for Writer, Presentation and Spreadsheets, previously known as Kingsoft Office) is an office suite for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and HarmonyOS developed by Zhuhai-based Chinese software developer Kingsoft.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9510 OLED
    CPU
    11th Gen i9 -11900H
    Memory
    32 GB 3200 MHz DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3050Ti
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    15.6" OLED Infinity Edge Touch
    Screen Resolution
    16:10 Aspect Ratio (3456 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1 Terabyte M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
    2 Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB Type-C™)
    1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB Type-C™)
    SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps Netgear Orbi + 2 Satellites
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    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
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    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
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    Microsoft 365 subscription
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    Microsoft Outlook
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    Microsoft PowerToys
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    Microsoft Visual Studio Code
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    Dell Support Assist
    Dell Command | Update
    LastPass Password Manager
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 7
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8 GB
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    256GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps Netgear Orbi + 2 Satellites
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
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    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription (Office)
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription
As ODF isn't a native format for WPS Office and an add-in has to be installed to allow WPS to read/write ODF documents, my guess is that that's where the problem probably lies. It would be easy to check if the same files load quickly into LibreOffice or OpenOffice on the same PC and if they do.....

Note: You don't even need to do a full install LibreOffice/OpenOffice to test as both are available from PortableApps.
 

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  • OS
    macOS (plus VMs: Windows XP, 7, 10 Home/Pro, 11 Home/Pro, Linux Distros)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    a) Apple MacBook Pro (Intel) - 2019 b) Apple MacBook Pro M1 MAX - 2021
    CPU
    a) Intel i9 b) M1 MAX (ARM)
    Memory
    a) 16GB b) 32GB
    Hard Drives
    a) 1TB SSD + 256GB SD Card b) 1TB SSD (+ 1TB SD Card)
    Browser
    a) Safari/Vivaldi/DuckDuckGo b) Safari/DuckDuckGo
    Antivirus
    -
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro (plus VirtualBox VMs: Windows 11 Pro & Linux Distros)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    a) Microsoft Surface Book 2, b) HP Spectre X360
    CPU
    a) i7, b) i7
    Memory
    a) 16GB, b) 16GB
    Hard Drives
    a) 1TB SSD, b) 1TB SSD
    Browser
    a) MS Edge, b) MS Edge
    Antivirus
    a) Defender, b) Defender
Thanks for your reply, LeLibran, but I'm afraid I don't quite understand (I'm not very computer literate). Could you go over it again, please?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion TP01
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11700 @ 2.50GHz 2.50 GH
    Memory
    16.0 GB
Don't really know how to make it simpler but here goes:

ODF = Open Document Format

1. ODF (.ods, .odt files etc.) is a native format used by LibreOffice, OpenOffice, and others. If files created in that format load quickly in those applications then there is nothing wrong with those files or your Operating System/Computer.
2. ODF (.ods, .odt files etc.) is NOT a native format for WPS, so it needs an add-in/plugin to allow it to read and write that format. See wps-help-center

So if WPS (with the add-in installed) is having problems loading ODF files which otherwise load normally in the other programs the issue would be most probably with WPS and/or the add-in; and if the availability of internet connectivity only affects the speed of loading files in WPS but not other software, then its even more likely that the problem lies within WPS or the add-in.

Please also note that the WPS statement on the above linked page that "It can be compatible with MS Office, which do not support ODF documents." is completely false. Microsoft Office apps do support ODF files without any additional plugins and have done so for years.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    macOS (plus VMs: Windows XP, 7, 10 Home/Pro, 11 Home/Pro, Linux Distros)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    a) Apple MacBook Pro (Intel) - 2019 b) Apple MacBook Pro M1 MAX - 2021
    CPU
    a) Intel i9 b) M1 MAX (ARM)
    Memory
    a) 16GB b) 32GB
    Hard Drives
    a) 1TB SSD + 256GB SD Card b) 1TB SSD (+ 1TB SD Card)
    Browser
    a) Safari/Vivaldi/DuckDuckGo b) Safari/DuckDuckGo
    Antivirus
    -
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro (plus VirtualBox VMs: Windows 11 Pro & Linux Distros)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    a) Microsoft Surface Book 2, b) HP Spectre X360
    CPU
    a) i7, b) i7
    Memory
    a) 16GB, b) 16GB
    Hard Drives
    a) 1TB SSD, b) 1TB SSD
    Browser
    a) MS Edge, b) MS Edge
    Antivirus
    a) Defender, b) Defender
Don't really know how to make it simpler but here goes:

ODF = Open Document Format

1. ODF (.ods, .odt files etc.) is a native format used by LibreOffice, OpenOffice, and others. If files created in that format load quickly in those applications then there is nothing wrong with those files or your Operating System/Computer.
2. ODF (.ods, .odt files etc.) is NOT a native format for WPS, so it needs an add-in/plugin to allow it to read and write that format. See wps-help-center

So if WPS (with the add-in installed) is having problems loading ODF files which otherwise load normally in the other programs the issue would be most probably with WPS and/or the add-in; and if the availability of internet connectivity only affects the speed of loading files in WPS but not other software, then its even more likely that the problem lies within WPS or the add-in.

Please also note that the WPS statement on the above linked page that "It can be compatible with MS Office, which do not support ODF documents." is completely false. Microsoft Office apps do support ODF files without any additional plugins and have done so for years.
Just checked my Office 2013 and Word can open .odt and Excel can open .ods, I don't install other Office apps as no need for them.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
OK. Thanks for the clarification.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion TP01
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11700 @ 2.50GHz 2.50 GH
    Memory
    16.0 GB

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