Flashing/Blinking Wait/Busy Cursor Problem in Microsoft Word

To solve the problem where you open Word, and your cursor flashes back and forth between the arrow and the blue wait ring over and over:

  • Select PDF as the Output Printer, as a temporary solution
  • Go to Control Panel>Devices & Printers
  • Right-click the Printer and select “Remove”
  • Start>Search, type “devmgmt.msc” to open Device Manager
    • or Hit WinKey+Pause/break, then click on Device manager in the right column
  • Click on your Name
  • Menu>Actions>Scan for Hardware Changes
  • Select your Printer from “Other Devices”
  • Right-click, go to Properties > Driver
  • Follow instructions for Fixing or reinstalling the Drivers
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