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8 Fixes for There Is Not Enough Memory Or Disk Space to Run Word Error

Updated by Daisy on May 19, 2021
Written by Jean

There Is Not Enough Memory Or Disk Space to Complete the Operation 

If you are faced with this error - there is not enough memory or disk space to run Word, you can solve the error with the following solutions. EaseUS provides you with the best fixes to this issue.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Free up Memory Disk Download and install EaseUS CleanGenius. Select "System Cleanup" on the main screen....Full steps
Fix 2. Disable Graphics Acceleration Open Word, Click "File > Options > Advanced". Look for the "Display"...Full steps
Fix 3. Delete the Normal Template Press Windows + R and type cmd in the run box. Paste the command...Full steps
Fix 4. Increase Virtual Memory Go to the Start Menu and click on "Settings" and Type Performance...Full steps
Fix 5. Reset Registry Entries Press Windows + R keys and type cmd in the run box. Use the folder list, navigate to...Full steps

I Can't Open Word Because There Is Not Enough Memory Or Disk Space to Run Word

"While trying to open an existing Word .doc file, an error message comes up telling me that there is not enough memory or disk space to run Word. What's the problem? I checked the laptop memory. It is running on an 8GB memory with a free disk space of more than 389GB. What's worse, besides the Word application, the other Office suite, including Excel and PowerPoint, have the same issues."

Microsoft Word 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2017/2019 cannot open usually, and an error message comes up telling that there is not enough memory or disk space to run Word, how do you react to this moment? If you do not know how to free up the memory or disk space for rerunning the Word application, read this article and apply the eight methods here.

Also read: There is not enough space on C drive to extract this package

Fix 1. Free up Memory Disk to Fix Not Enough Space to Run Word

If the real case is just like the error message accurately describes, freeing up some RAM or disk pace will help resolve the issue happily. EaseUS CleanGenius provides all Windows users with easy-to-use disk cleanup and optimization solution, and it was of great use when you received the insufficient disk space for Word running.

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS CleanGenius. On EaseUS CleanGinus, click "Cleanup" and click "Scan" to start cleaning up the system and make your PC as good as new.

system cleanup step 1

Step 2. The software will scanning all over your computer to find idle data files that take a huge amount of disk space, you can select useless large files, system junk files and Windows invalid entries and click "Clean" to start system cleanup process.

system cleanup step 2

Step 3. When the scan is complete, click "Done" to finish cleaning system junk files.

system cleanup step 3

Fix 2. Disable Hardware Graphics Acceleration to Run Word

You can try this solution if it is slow to open Word 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2017/2019. Here, I take Word 2016 as an example.

Step 1. Open Word, Click "File > Options > Advanced".

Step 2. Look for the "Display" area from the right panel.

Step 3. Uncheck "Disable hardware graphics acceleration". Then, click "OK".

Then, you can try to open Word again to solve your problem.

disable hardware acceleration

Fix 3. Delete the Normal Template to Solve Insufficient Memory

You may be stuck in this problem if it is caused by a corrupted Normal.dotm file. Here are the steps to delete a Normal.dotm file and fix the problem.

Step 1. Press Windows + R and type cmd in the run box.

Step 2. Paste the command ren %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Normal.dotm OldNormal.dotm and press "Enter".

Step 3. Close the command prompt window and check if you can open the Word.

Fix 4. Increasing Virtual Memory in Windows 10

Another way to solve the "there is not enough memory or disk space to complete the operation" issue is by increasing virtual memory. 

Step 1. Go to the Start Menu and click on "Settings" and Type Performance.

increase virtual memory

Step 2. Choose "Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows > Change settings".

Step 3. In the new window, go to the "Advanced > Settings, under the Virtual memory section, click "Change".

increase virtual memory -2

At the bottom of the new window, check what the Recommended value is and how it compares to Currently allocated.

If the current setting is significantly less than the recommended, uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box at the top of the same windows and click on Custom size.

set the virtual memory settings

Step 4. Enter the Recommended value in the Initial Size box, and a larger figure in the Maximum size box. Then, click "OK" to save the new settings.

Fix 5. Reset Word's Registry Entries to Run Microsoft Word

Be very careful and cautious in editing the Windows registry because any incorrect editing will result in serious operating system problems, for example, the computer will stop working. You're highly suggested to back up your computer, including the system and data before starting to fix the Word error in the Registry. EaseUS free backup software will give you a hand.

Step 1. Press Windows + R keys and type cmd in the run box.

Step 2. Use the folder list, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\xx.0\Word, where "xx" will display your version of Word.

Step 3. Right-click the "Data" folder and pick "Export" to save a backup of your current settings. 

Step 4. Right-click the folder again and pick "Delete." 

Step 5. Open Word to check on the problem. If it still occurs, double-click the backup you exported to recover the settings, then perform the same procedure with the "Options" folder.

Fix 6. Extend C Drive Space to Solve Not Enough Memory to Open Word

When you receive the error - "not enough space (or free memory)to complete this operation", you can fix it by extending C drive space. EaseUS Partition Master provides basic and advanced disk & partition management and can increase C drive space with ease. Download this software and extend C drive space now.

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Step 1. Click "Adjust with 1-Click" to extend C drive.

When your C drive is out of space, you will see the Low Disk Space alert on EaseUS Partition Master. Click the Adjust button to extend it.

How to Adjust Low C Drive Space Step 1

Step 2. Click "OK" to extend C drive automatically.

By clicking "OK", EaseUS Partition Master will automatically allocate space to your C drive to solve the low space issue.

How to Adjust Low C Drive Space Step 2

Extra Option: You can also click "Manual Adjustment" to extend the C drive manually.

When turning to Manual Adjustment, select the C drive, and drag dots rightward to add more space to C drive. Click "OK" to confirm.

Manually Adjust Low C Drive Space

Step 3. Confirm to resolve low disk space in C drive

Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top corner and start all pending operations by clicking "Apply".

How to Adjust Low C Drive Space Step 3
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Fix 7. Turn off the Automatic Spelling Checking and Grammar Check 

You can turn spell check off, then check spelling manually when you're done writing. Here's how.

For Word 2019/2017/2016/2013/2010/2007

Step 1. Click the "File" Button, and then click "Options".

Step 2. Click "Proofing".

Step 3. Click to clear the Check spelling as you type check box.

Step 4. Click to clear the Mark grammar errors as you type check box.

Word 2003, Word 2002, and Word 2000

Step 1. On the Tools menu, click "Options", and then click the "Spelling & Grammar" tab.

Step 2. Click to clear the Check spelling as you type check box.

Step 3. Click to clear the Check grammar as you type check box.

To turn spell check back on, repeat the process, and select the Check spelling as you type box.

Fix 8. Run Fix-It Tool to Open Microsoft Word

The Fix-It tool is an inbuilt Microsoft Office tool that can repair many common Word problems. Just visit the Microsoft support page and download the tool. If clearing the disk space doesn't help eliminate the not enough memory space on Word, try the software's way. 


That's all about how to fix there is not enough memory to complete this operation word. If you still have questions, never hesitate to let us know. By the way, EaseUS partition software can also help you with hard drive partition. You can easily shrink, create, delete, and extend a partition with it.

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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