[Tip] Disable Smooth Typing Animation and Transitions in Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016

UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in newer Office versions such as Office 2016.

Most of us are enjoying the recently released free preview version of Microsoft Office 2013 (codename Office 15).

Office 2013 comes with many new features and enhancements. Microsoft has tried to make Office 2013 UI matching with Windows 8. Office 2013 features a clean and minimal UI without any Aero glass or blur effects as present in previous Office versions.

Office 2013 also comes with some animations which are shown while typing text, switching between menus, etc. These animations look cool but users with slow computers might not like them.

Today in this tutorial, we are going to share a small Registry tweak to disable animations and transitions in Office 2013 applications. It'll help you in improving Office 2013 performance.

So if you are also one of those people who are finding the smooth typing animation and other transition effects annoying in Office 2013 and want to disable them, just follow these simple steps:

1. Press "WIN+R" key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type regedit and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor and go to following key:

For Office 2013:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common

For Office 2016:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common

2. Right-click on Common key and select New -> Key option. It'll create a new key, set its name as Graphics

3. Now in right-side pane, create a new DWORD DisableAnimations and set its value to 1 as shown in following screenshot:

Disable_Animations_Office_2013.png

4. Close Registry Editor and open any Office 2013 application. Changes are instant and you'll no longer see any animations and effects in Office 2013.

5. If you want to restore default animations, change value of DisableAnimations to 0 or simply delete the DWORD.

PS: If you don't want to modify Registry yourself and want a ready-made Registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file, it'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Download Registry Script to Disable Animations in Microsoft Office 2013

Download Registry Script to Disable Animations in Microsoft Office 2016





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Comments

  • i can't seem to find the registry key...

  • That's pretty cool Tip Thnx :)

  • I can stand the animations, in fact I love it. But I cant stand the extremely unpleasant chrome-less gray background of every other thing in office 2013 "." it almost hurts my eyes

  • Can someone help me? I'm currently running Office 2013 and I find its performance so poor. For example, when I opened an 86-page document in Word, scrolling and typing is so slow. I've already those unnecessary animation but still, it's painfully slow. Additionally, i noticed that every time I scroll in a document, the CPU usage in task manager goes up to 100%. Ridiculous that I get my CPU usage high just because I'm navigating on my document. Please help me, Sir VG.

  • VG

    ^^ Try to disable hardware acceleration:

    http://www.askvg.com/disable-hardware-graphics-acceleration-and-fix-blurred-font-and-cursor-hanging-problems-in-microsoft-office-2013/

  • @VG
    I've already disabled hardware acceleration but it's still the same...slow scrolling on my documents.
    Guess I'll return to Office 2010 because it's much faster than Office 2013. I wonder what Microsoft have done here.

  • Thanks!

    That stupid animation was driving me to distraction. It alone was close to enough to keep me from using Excel 2013. It is amazing what simple changes to the software can make.

    I had to add the "Graphics" key as well as the "DisableAnimations"

  • Excellent tip... huge help so far. Thank you. Absolutely exasperating up to now. Thanks again.

  • Hello Vishal. Is there any way to make the animations faster? They're really useful but also really slow. I'd prefer not to disable them - if there were any way to make them faster / last less.
    Thanks!!

  • VG

    ^^ Sorry to say but afaik its not possible.

  • Hi Vishal,

    I would like to disable animations, but I have question regarding Office 2013 64 bit. I do not use regedit often and when I followed your instructions above I noticed that there is DWORD for 32 bit and QWORD for 64 bit. Since I am running 64 bit Office 2013 would I create the new parameter using QWORD instead of DWORD?

    Thank you for the help.

  • VG

    ^^ No. You'll need to create DWORD.

  • Here's the best part: Word literally loads 3 times faster now. What absolute garbage those animations are, they add nothing and slow things down. Thank god I use Word through my work, I will never buy this on my own.

  • Hi, there askvg staff/team is there any registry hack or any tool to enable aero in Office 2013 so as to match Windows 7 aero style?

  • VG

    ^^ No.

  • Good tip but I have looked and can't find the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Graphics
    I get to the common part but there is no Graphics folder to choose????

  • VG

    ^^ You can create it manually.

  • How to add Graphics folder?

  • VG

    ^^ Right-click on the Registry key and select New -> Key.

  • Thanks! :)

  • Thanks! It didn't slow me down it the first place, but it makes the work so much easier. I think UI\UX:ers are sometimes too focused on their "creation" and "enjoyment" rather on the functionality and usage. I need something that makes my life easier, not a tool to show my friends how I do my work.

    The UX:UI should have put effort on how the end result of the person who works on the tool, gets a cool looks, not interrupting me with "hip" moves and other nonsense.

    And that's without even mentioning the horrid "hipster" color scheme Microsoft thought about - that makes your eyes work harder and annoys the user greatly.
    I really hope some one would hack this color scheme shit as well... (the "dark gray" is not enough)

  • Please, I need help...my powerpoint"s poor.
    can I get another tips how to boost it?
    Thanks Mr. VG...:)

  • Thank you so much! I disabled animation and hardware acceleration as you instructed, and now Word 2013 is as fast as its predecessor.

  • Great tip, thanks, I was looking for that!!
    I had to create the key in registry (Office 2013 not running), as it wasn't there before, but now all's well!

    Hate such animations, find new interface alright, but agree with above poster: Colours' contrast is far too low. Not easy on the eyes, although having turned colour to "dark grey"...

  • Thanks for the tip!!
    Just started using 2013 and the speed difference was immediately noticeable. After this registry change things are much better.

  • This worked for me, thank you.

  • This worked for me, thank you.

  • Excel 2013
    New workbook
    Add values 1 to 100 by column
    Hold down right arrow, 52.5 Seconds to get to 100 from 1.
    safe mode had no change, neither did disabling hardware acceleration.

    Added this key, did the same thing,
    22.5 Seconds, still slow as hell, but better.

    Excel 2010 over RDP window: 4 seconds.

    WTF???

  • Good post. I have also noticed that the typing animations can be removed through Ease Off Access. But, I am not entirely sure how well the feature was disabled as compared to the registry edit. Here's a post I found with step-by-step screenshots - fix now support.com/3/post/2013/07/how-to-disable-typing-animation-in-office-2013-fixing-the-cursor-lag.html

    Vishal, do you think RAM can influence the typing animation? Lets say you have a 4GB RAM, do you think the typing animation would seem less lagging?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. The amount of RAM might affect animation performance.

  • SWEET! thank you

    although I still want to create less animation, less "windows for dummies" and actually just get some friggin' work done

    thank you!

  • Visio 2013 x86 was super slow on a Dell Vostro machine running Windows 7 Professional x64. After a series of troubleshooting, I traced the problem to the accelerated graphics. Just disable the it. Here's how: Go to Visio Options > Advanced, scroll down you should see "Disable hardware graphics acceleration". Check the square box. This issue is most noticeably on machine with dual video chip set.

  • This didn't work for me. I'm still stuck with the awful cursor and Excel cell animations.

  • Thank you so much - this has made a huge difference to me as I work in Word all the time and previously the lagging was awful. Now it is much speedier and makes me a much happier Word user!

  • There is a much easier wayof disabling the animation by doing this

    Control panel > System and security > System > Advanced system settings (in upper-left side) > Advanced tab > Settings in Performance box > Visual effects tab:

    Uncheck the "Animate controls and elements inside windows."

  • Worked great! Big help! I had to create it with the .reg file because I didn't have that key at first...

  • Thanks, this worked for me.

    Checking the 'Disable hardware graphics acceleration' tab alone did not do the trick.

  • Hi VG, Excel 2013 was implemented on W7. I use 15 files with several sheets where the files are linked. The files were made in 2003, originally. Made above animation disabling but after few steps the Excel is crashing still. Do you think that the formulas made in 2003 can cause such a crash? I use Dell i5 laptop, where I have the CPU running between 80-100%, since the 2013 is installed...
    Tried to change to manual calculation of the formulas... no effect. Tried to disable the automatic update of external links.... desperate thing to find out that I have to adjust in each file separately...!
    Is there a difference for above poor handling between Home and Professional version?
    That's all for the moment and greatful for your support!

  • VG

    ^^ Sorry, no idea. You can try to repair Office 2013. If it doesnt help, you can uninstall the new version and reinstall old version of Office to work on your files without any problem.

  • Thanks for your reply! Did you get a similar question from others, as well? Did you try and have similar result as me? Does above answer refers to the Pro version, too? Do you mean, that 2013 is so poor...that there's no way to improve/solve this issue and I trough the money out trough/to WINDOWS?!

  • VG

    ^^ I dont use Excel too much so I cant help in this issue. Thats why I suggested above things. :)

  • Thanks for your advise! Repair was a good choice and now is working not so fast as I would expect, but without freezing, at least. Thanks again.

  • Thank you! This worked great. Was driving me crazy.

  • Excel 2013 was performing sluggishly eg it took 10 seconds to commit a value onto a cell. My spreadsheet had coloured/highlighted rows and after removing them, Excel performed remarkably better.

  • Excellent! You just made my day, as the frustration was really unbearable. It got to the point that I switched to Notepad to write up a quick text and then pasted it to Word... Thank you very much for this.

  • Thanks for the help. It was very useful

  • Thanks for your nice Tips ... you save my life :)

  • I recently upgraded at work from 2010 to 2013 and immediately hated it. Outlook is awful and Excel is much slower than 2010. Well, I couldn't do much to fix Outlook; I tweaked a few font and size settings and changed to dark gray color scheme and it's now liveable. Excel was still painfully slow when updating the formula 5000+ rows because of the pointless animation.

    I want to thank Ivana for what ultimately worked for me (no disrepect to VG, tried your disable animation and didn't work for me. Been coming to your site for years and will continue to do so!!). I copied the solution below:

    There is a much easier wayof disabling the animation by doing this

    Control panel > System and security > System > Advanced system settings (in upper-left side) > Advanced tab > Settings in Performance box > Visual effects tab:

    Uncheck the "Animate controls and elements inside windows."

  • Thanks so much for posting. the HKEY method didn't work for me but the Control Panel method of disabling animations did!

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