Disable Hardware Graphics Acceleration and Fix Blurred Font and Cursor Hanging Problems in Microsoft Office 2013
Office 2013 comes with lots of new features and enhancements. One of the new enhancements is the built-in "Hardware Graphics Acceleration" feature which is also called as "GPU rendering". This new feature can also be found in almost all modern web browsers. This feature is used to increase the program performance.
But sometimes this feature can cause problems on old computers and even some new computers. Many people who are testing Office 2013 are complaining about blurred text/font problem and random cursor hanging problem.
Sometimes the font in Office 2013 programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc doesn't look good and users face problems in reading the text on screen. And sometimes Office programs start taking a huge amount of CPU resources which makes the program running very slow and the cursor starts hanging randomly. These kind of problems might make your overall Office experience annoying.
If you are also facing such kind of problems and want to fix them, this tutorial will definitely help you.
This tutorial will tell you how to disable "Hardware Graphics Acceleration" in Microsoft Office 2013 suite which will fix these font and cursor problems and will make your Office 2013 experience better.
So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:
1. First open any Office 2013 program. For example open Word 2013. It'll open in new Start Screen mode. Click on "Blank document" option.
2. Now click on "File" menu present in the ribbon and then click on "Options" link given at the end of the left-sidebar.
3. It'll open Options window. Click on "Advanced" tab and scroll down a little. Look for following 2 options in "Display" section:
- Disable hardware graphics acceleration
- Use subpixel positioning to smooth fonts on screen
First option would be unchecked and second option would be checked by default.
4. First enable "Disable hardware graphics acceleration" option and click on OK button. Restart the program and it should fix the problem.
5. If it doesn't fix your problem, try to disable "Use subpixel positioning to smooth fonts on screen" option, click on OK button and restart the program.
Now you'll no longer have font or cursor problems in Office 2013 programs. Changing these options in a single Office program also applies to other remaining Office programs. So you don't need to follow these steps for all Office programs one by one.
BONUS TIP: You can also disable the new Start Screen in Office 2013 by unchecking "Show the Start screen when this application starts" option in "General" tab of Options window.
Are you also testing Office 2013? How is your experience? Feel free to share your feedback in your comment...
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