The biggest cause of crashes is font conflicts in Microsoft Word for Mac .
There’s an application in your Applications folder called Font Book.
Open Font Book
In the left side click All Fonts
In the Font column, select a font then use Edit > Select All
From the Edit menu choose Resolve Duplicates. This only takes a minute, but nothing happens on screen except for the little wait cursor for a moment or two.
From the File menu choose Validate Fonts.
This opens a new window.Let it run till it’s done.
Click the check box to select all
Then click the Remove fonts button
This moves all duplicate and corrupt fonts to the trash.
Empty the Trash.
Restart your computer and see if Word and other applications no longer crash.
Yes, it’s our dirty little secret: Macs crash. Not very often, but they do. Freezing, spinning beach balls, Kernel Panics. Yikes! Follow these steps to get past the most common Mac crashes and on with your day.
Two Different Kinds of Crashes. The first thing to learn about Mac crashes is that there are two types: application crashes and computer crashes. The first kind, application crashes, are known by either the endlessly “Spinning Beach Ball of Death” (SBBOD), or the nice little alert message that comes up saying, “the application ___ quit unexpectedly.” The other kind is when your whole computer crashes and is not responsive. This will be obvious because either no mouse or keyboard click will effect anything, or worse, in a Kernel Panic (nice name, huh?) a gray image with text in many languages descends from the top of your screen like a premature curtain dropping on a bad stage show. Continue reading…