A huge amount of my clients has moved from Office 2010 to Office 2013. For some of them its again a big move as Office 2013 looks different and is also designed to work better on tablets and devices with touch screens and it also integrates with Office 365 and your Microsoft Online Account.

However, I had a couple of instances where I needed to come up with some solution to improve Office 2013 performance. Some of my clients complained that Office 2013 is slow, especially when you use Excel 2013. Most of these clients are using Windows 7 Pro but I had instances where these performance issues occur on a Windows 8 Pro machine too. I even had issues on a brand new computer with an i5 Processor and 8GB memory so it looks like the issue is not related to old computers or resource related. I have done some research to found a solution to improve Office2013 performance and came up with this solution that did work for some of my clients. I have to note that it did not work for everyone and that I had to revert those clients back to Office 2010. Hopefully Microsoft will sort this out in the first Service Pack for Office 2013.

Here is what I came up with, hope it works for you:

Disable Unnecessary Animations to Improve Office 2013 Performance

Office 2013 comes with a whole new UI and with that Microsoft wants it to match Windows 8 and also make it more “touch screen ready”. Some of these enhancements include Animations that pops up and are shown while you type, switching between menus, etc. These Animations can sometimes be annoying and I also found that if you disable them completely, it can speed up your working experience with Office 2013.

Here is the steps on how to Disable Unnecessary Animations:

Open REGISTRY EDITOR by pressing the WIN+R key combination to launch the RUN dialog box. Then type in REGEDIT and press ENTER.

RUN dialog box with regedit








Once the REGISTRY EDITOR has opened, go to the following registry key:


In the pane on the right, create a new DWORD DisableAnimations and set the value to 1.
If there is no “Graphics” key under “Common” create a new KEY by right-clicking on “Common”, select NEW and KEY. Name it Graphics. Then create the new DWORD DisableAnimations in the right-side pane.

DisableAnimations DWORD Registry Key

When you done, close Registry Editor and open any Office 2013 application. You will notice that this had improve Office 2013 performance.

If you want to restore the default animations, go back into the Registry Editor and change the DisableAnimations value to 0 or simply delete the DWORD.

Hope this will help you improve Office 2013 performance as it did work for the majority of my client that were experiencing issues with Office 2013.

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