Turn off Hardware Graphics Acceleration in Microsoft Office 2016/13

Microsoft Office 2016/13 is great software for Windows 10/8 and I am guessing that quite a few of you may be using it on your system. This productivity suite contains many technologies in-built inside it and sometimes due to them an average computer has to suffer. If your facing this issues like crashing of Office components or not running properly and freezing every now and then or if they only works in Safe Mode of Office, then technology named Hardware Graphics Acceleration may be the culprit behind this.

How To Disable Hardware Acceleration In Office 2013

I found that many users having issues with working of Office 2013 on your system are often advised to disable hardware graphics acceleration. Almost in all of the cases, disabling the hardware acceleration for graphics does the trick and solves issues for many. In this article, I’ll show you how to disable hardware acceleration of graphics using the UI and of course, using my favorite Registry Editor.

Turn off or Disable Hardware Graphics Acceleration in Office

Using UI

1. Open any Office 2013 component for example Word, and create a blank document, click FILE.

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2. Next, click Options in the following screen:

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3. Moving on, in the below shown window, select Advanced in the left pane. Then in the right pane, scroll down and look Disable hardware graphics acceleration under the section Display. Check this option and click OK.

Disable Hardware Graphics Acceleration in Office 2013

You may now close Office (Word) 2013 and reboot the machine. After restarting the system, you’ll find the issues you were facing in Office is resolved now.

Using Registry Editor

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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2. In the left pane, navigate here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common

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3. Firstly create a subkey to Common by right click over it and select New -> Key. Name this subkey as Graphics. In the right pane of Graphics subkey, create a new DWORD by right click on blank space and select New -> DWORD Value. Name the newly created DWORD as DisableHardwareAcceleration and double click on it to get this:

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4. In the above shown box, change the Value data from 0 to 1. Click OK. Close the Registry Editor and reboot the machine to make changes effective.

Let u know if dong this, helped you make Office run properly.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.

8 Comments

  1. Grumpigeek

    I tried all this before and it made only a minimal improvement.
    I still couldn’t stand the blurry text it so I reverted back to Office 2010.

    It makes you wonder if there was any communication at all between the team that built Office 2013 and the team that built Windows 8.

  2. Graja Greenbeans

    newly upgraded to win10, so also upgraded office 2010 to 2013.
    i added that dword as suggested, DisableHardwareAcceleration, as well as DisableAnimation.

    both set to 1, no effect whatsoever.
    i remember doing this on another computer, win8.1 office2013, and there it did have the effect.

    please help – what can i do to solve this?

  3. joe shmoe

    Switch to Open Office. Microshit is just getting crappier and crappier.

  4. Graja Greenbeans

    that’s a dumb suggestion.
    i fixed this issue a little while ago – the method above plus DisableAnimations (notice s at the end).
    office 2013 was still blurry on my old laptop, but somehow office 2016 works just fine, i don’t know why. so, anybody reading this, i recommend you just upgrade to office 2016.

    open office or libre office, or whatever the shit open source project is a complete nightmare. rather just fix this small issue on your old ass pc to work with the new versions of ms office.

  5. Francesco Di Stefano

    I love you thanks a lot

  6. Ilona Lou?kov√°

    TYSM! <3

  7. Rupert Wegerif

    Thank you very much. This worked perfectly.

  8. drivepark

    check your resolution scaling, and aspect ratio- double check that clear type is on and youve gone through the prompts to select clearest settings- check and update your video drivers and monitor drivers, etc Run your Office 2013’s Repair feature found in Programs & Features, Office 2013 -> Change

    Be sure that any addins you have in any of the Office 2013 apps, are compliant to the version you have (Office 2013 32-bit/64-bit) if not compliant, start by disabling one addin at a time and test out- ( can confirm issue isnt addin related, by disabling ALL enabled addins, or by starting the app in “safemode” = Start->Run: excel /safemode [press enter]

    Drill through the Office 2013 applications Options, turning on or off items related to processing and graphics

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