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. 

common

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.

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7. Close the Registry Editor and reboot.

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21 comments
  • Andrew Says:

    Nice to see. But how do we control this kind of nonsence in Office 365 outlook for WEB which has been foisted upon is by a stingy IT department (apparently after they got their knuckles smacked when they splashed out too many bucks on toys I mean infrastructure for themselves)

    I am finding WEB outlook is doing the usual nonsense of replacing plain quotes with Windows-1252 quotes (ugh) and today's annoyance is how, when I type the simple word "files", it manages to combine the f and i into a kerned combo-character which is kinda difficult to edit around.

    @JoeSkippy, you're my new hero. Can I borrow the phrase: "If I wanted animations with my software, I'd use my kid's LeapPad"

  • Greg.. Says:

    I disagree that these instructions are necessarily "clear and precise."

    What does "Replace the 16.0 with 15.0" mean? What am I replacing? How do I replace it? This is very unclear.

    And putting your "if" statement after the instruction is poor practice. Instead, use:

    If you use 2013, then (insert instructions).
    If you use 2016, then (insert instructions).

  • Joe Skippy Says:

    THANK YOU!! This stops most animation within Office 2016 on Win10. It was driving me crazy! If I wanted animations with my software, I'd use my kid's LeapPad.

  • Tech Guy Says:

    Rachel,

    These instructions are clear and precise. You claim to be a relatively smart person with basic computer knowledge, but yet you messed up your computer - most likely by deleting registry entries... So Rachel, can you tell me anywhere in the instructions where you are told to open your registry editor and delete anything? There is one thing you have PARTIALLY correct - do not touch the registry if you do not know what you are doing, but you forgot to add that you shouldn't touch the registry if you cannot follow simple directions as well. All in all, you are one of the people that should not be doing ANYTHING in the registry.

  • Rachel Says:

    I'm just here to tell all of you people coming from a simple Google search: DO NOT TOUCH YOUR REGISTRY IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING! It's possible to successfully edit your registry, but it is not possible to undo anything you mess up. I am a relatively smart person with basic computer knowledge and I totally messed stuff up. Took IT several hours to get it back to what it should be. If you just want the typing animation to stop, try opening your settings, click on "Ease of Access", choose "Other options" and make sure "Play animations in Windows" is switched off.

  • Scoox Says:

    Thanks, that worked for me. There is actually an option in Word and Excel under _File > Options > Advanced > Provide feedback with animation_, your Registry hack here overrides the built-in option. However, the built-in option only seems to work in Excel, in Word it does nothing. Perhaps it's a bug. Thanks!

  • M Binning Says:

    Thanks for this tip - forced into upgrade by Corporate IT, and as usual, MS products migrate AWAY from professional looking tools towards silly kids toys. Hey ho, I think that's called "progress". At least I can type without the manic urge to defenstrate my laptop now - many thanks!

  • herta Says:

    If you only want to disable animation in Office 2016, open Word and Excel and

    - select 'File'
    - select 'Options'
    - select 'Advanced'
    - towards the bottom, in the section 'General', untick 'Provide feedback with animation'

  • Johan Falk Says:

    Thanks! This helped me a lot.
    I found that you don't need to reboot – you can just open the Office settings, change something and save.

  • Sean Ellis Says:

    Phew. So glad it's configurable - I've just upgraded to Windows 10 and this would have driven me mad. Thanks for the clear and useful instructions.

  • Kelly Says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Your steps were easy to follow and now I can type emails without wanting to simultaneously stab my eyes out.

  • Kenneth Says:

    Thank you for this solution! Finally Word16 is usable. The deepest circles of hell are reserved for the dinky toys that came up with this animation idea.

  • Linus Says:

    In your recorded animation, I can see that your mouse pointer disappears when you start typing. What happens when you hit the shift key? On my Windows 10, Word 2016 this makes the mouse pointer reappear until I continue writing. So I always see a flickering pointer while typing.

  • Viktor Says:

    Actually there is an option to turn off Hardware acceleration...

  • 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.

    Thanks!

  • The Ilma Says:

    THANKS Maikl!

    It works!

    Finally!

    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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