Ooo 2.3 hangs when trying to use format dialogs

I’ve been googling my heart’s content on this one and it is driving me insane. Every time I access Format -> Page -> Page or Format -> Character or Format -> Paragraphs -> Drop Caps, soffice.bin shows processing time but the program just hangs. I tried changing my menu icons as some have suggested, but I was already using the default. I renamed my .ooo-2.0 config location and had that recreated.

I had to install Koffice in the end just so I could get my margins correctly made since it Ooo defaults to .79 and I need 1… still this is annoying and if anyone has any suggestions on how I can resolve this, please send them my way. Many thanks.