Not wanting to buy Microsoft Office and having to use .doc files – I have OpenOffice 2.3 Aqua on my Mac.
It usually takes a while to load which is annoying – so after some searching I found a way to speed it up.
1) As superuser run the following :
sudo su -
nano /Applications/OpenOffice.org\ 2.3.app/Contents/MacOS/sofficerc
simply change 'Logo=1' to 'Logo=0'
To enhance the usability there are some more instructions at the link below:
(shown on Ubuntu Linux but can be applied to any OS)