Turn Off Hardware Graphics Acceleration In Office

Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson Last Updated: May 19, 2022

Software: Office 2010, 2013 & 2016 | Last modified on 2018-06-18

A lot of issues with slow or non-loading Office apps are often caused by the hardware graphic accelaration feature. You're able to disable the hardware graphic acceleration within the settings of the Office apps or by altering the registry.

[Solution 1] Turn off hardware acceleration

  1. Open Run and execute Winword /safe.
  2. Open a blank page and click File.
  3. Open Options and click Advanced.
  4. Untick Disable hardware graphics acceleration.
  5. Select OK to save the setting and restart the Office app.

[Solution 2] Turn off hardware acceleration in the Registry

  1. Open Run and execute Regedit.

    • For Office 2010, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Office \14.0 \Common.
    • For Office 2013, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Office \15.0 \Common.
    • For Office 2016, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Office \16.0 \Common.

  2. Create a new Key and name it Graphics
  3. Create a new DWORD (32 bits), name it DisableHardwareAcceleration and set the value to 1 in the newly created Graphics Key.
  4. Restart the computer.

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Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time. He is the author of 'Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Visit him at Isaacson.Tulane.edu and on Twitter at @WalterIsaacson

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