How to Disable the Typing Animation in Office 2016 or Office 2013

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Talk about placing style over substance! Office 2016 and 2013 feature a uniquely annoying typing animation which makes letters appears as if they're sliding under the cursor as you type. If you're a fast typist, this animation is particularly annoying because it feels like the animation is a little slower than you are. Fortunately, even though Microsoft doesn't include a menu option to disable Office's typing animation, you can turn it off by following a few simple steps.

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1. Open the Registry Editor. You can open it by hitting Windows + R and then typing "regedit" into the Run box and hitting OK.

open regedit

2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common registry key. Replace the 16.0 with 15.0 if you are using Office 2013. 


3. Navigate to the Graphics registry key under Common, if it exists.

navigate to Graphics


If a Graphics key does not exist, right click in the pane and select New then Key. A new registry key named New Key #1 appears.

select new then key

Rename the new key to "Graphics" and then open it.

rename to graphics

4. Create a new DWORD value under Graphics. You do that by selecting the Graphics key, right clicking in the right window pane and selecting New and then DWORD Value.

Add DWORD value

5. Name the DWORD Value "DisableAnimations."

Disable animations

6. Give DisableAnimations a Value data of 1. You can assign this value by double clicking on DisableAnimations, entering 1 in the Value data field and clicking OK.

set value to 1qbfox2

7. Close the Registry Editor and reboot.

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  • RobInNC Says:

    "Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible)."

    Priceless -- Even Microsoft consider their new animations to be unnecessary....

  • David NYC Says:

    "Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible)." Lowered my blood pressure by 10 points. Why does every new version prioritize form over function? :-(

    That being said, i think some of the changes to the charts in ppt and excel may be an improvement over previous versions, but i still long for '03.


  • The Ilma Says:

    THANKS Maikl!

    It works!


    Any ideal how to switch back to the old GUI graphics? This new one is using too much spacers and paddings what's ruing the user experience.

  • Tom Moore Says:

    The fifth step, ' Name the DWORD Value "DisableAnimations." ' should be ' Name the DWORD Value "DisableAnimations" ' (the period should not be part of the DWORD Value).

    Otherwise worked fine for me with Outlook 2016.

  • Andreas Says:

    Thank you for the tipp, it wokred fine to me.

  • Maikl Says:

    Office 2013 is the first release to use hardware acceleration throughout the user experience to deliver beautiful, fluid animations. But if you use your computer without a display or just prefer to block unnecessary animations, you have the choice to turn them off.

    1.Open the Ease of Access Center (shown below) by pressing the Windows logo key + U.

    2.Under Explore all settings, click Use the computer without a display.

    3.Under Adjust time limits and flashing visuals, click Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible).

    4.Click OK."

  • Scharfschutzen Says:

    Doesn't work?

    Read on various site the DWORD is "DisableAnimations" or "DisableAnimation"

    Tried each, both, and restarted each time.

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