A bad HP print driver install caused intermitent print problems and following an uninstall that had mapped but not removed a z: drive.
The non existant z: drive left behind interferred with Save As process in ANY Office Application (like in Excel 2003) reported by Huvants Tuneau in email 2005-04-06.
Some specific tweaks for Excel 2003 (spinner 2005-04-08), appear to be the speech recognition above, no improvement in zooming graphics and fonts (keep zoom at 100%).
Auto Recovery is improved but you have to respond when Excel is going down, and decide which file (old or recovered) to use later but no peeking.
I think if you have AOL, you will have to protect it by directory in your defragmenter.
Since I lost AOL several times I think they have unmovable files.
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The journaling feature of Outlook logs many actions taking time from Excel, and eventually, the journal files become quite large, and performance is slowed.
The general recommendation in the Excel groups (and MS KB Q167081) is to turn journaling off.
And to think I massacred a bunch of newsgroups to gain a few MB of storage here and there, but if I really needed them I suppose I wouldn’t have deleted those newsgroups.
With a lot of stored file content and even though I had over 20GB free on my harddrive and 7GB for internet file, I could not view the source, or get into Front Page from IE except by deleting all temporary internet files "each" time I wanted to view the source. Defragmenter, with Win98 you get a defragmenter, with Win NT you will have to install one.