Verifying Microsoft Office apps takes ages!

Is anyone else finding the app verification process is taking a long time, particularly with the Microsoft Office apps?

After every update my Mac goes through this the first time I open an app and can sometimes take several minutes for each. It is particularly bad with the main Office apps, not so bad with others.

Very frustrating, particularly when I am on a Zoom call and want to quickly show my screen and a document.

It’s not just Microsoft apps for some people. This article described several possible fixes, including showing how to turn off verification in Terminal.

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Many thanks @bowline. Will have a look.