Wednesday, September 3, 2014

How to Make Microsoft Excel 2013 Run Faster

Microsoft Excel 2013 welcome screen

There is performance related problem inherent to Microsoft Excel 2013 that is not found in previous versions and mostly affect computers with minimal video processing power—they tend to malfunction or run slower. While Microsoft Excel 2013 is filled with new features, including new formulas that can improve productivity, installing and using Excel 2013 in low-end computers like netbooks can make your experience a bit frustrating.

The problem is somewhat related to the program's response to hardware acceleration settings of the computer. This commonly affects netbooks and computers which rely on hardware acceleration to boost graphics-related performance.

The problem extends from Excel 2013's initial loading up process which takes time to using the software itself.

The solution is quite simple, though: DISABLE GRAPHICS ACCELERATION and you’ll have a faster Microsoft Excel 2013.

These are the steps to disable graphics acceleration and make Microsoft Excel 2013 run faster:

1. Check first whether you Excel 2013 could be boosted by this solution by starting it in safe mode. You can do this by pressing windows key + R and typing ‘excel.exe /s’ (without the quotation marks).
Opening Microsoft Excel 2013 in safe mode using the run command

2. Open any file and see whether there are changes. If your excel runs faster in safe mode, then disabling graphics acceleration could be the answer.

3. press windows key + R and type “regedit”.

Accessing the registry editor using the run command.

4. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common5. Create a new Key and name it Acceleration.

Creating the acceleration folder in the registry

6. Select the folder you just created, right-click on the right panel and create a New DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it DisableGraphicsAcceleration (or anything you want for that matter).

Registry entry for disabling the graphic acceleration for Excel 2013

7. Enter Value data as 1.

Registry value for disabling graphic acceleration in Excel 2013

8. Open Excel 2013 and see if there’s a difference.

9. If it worked for you, then, congrats! Smile

Hope this helps! Smile

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