Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/161826/how-to-disable-the-typing-animation-feature-in-office-2013/
Microsoft attempted to make typing appear smoother in Office 2013 by adding a typing animation feature. If you’re a slow typist, you probably won’t notice it. However, if you type upwards of 80+ words per minute, this feature can be distracting and annoying.
I tried to see what this animation looked like but could not tell the difference. Could you briefly describe it?
The cursor and the text kind of "fade and appear" when the animation is enabled. The animation is very light.
Try to see the difference between notepad and Word. In notepad you will see the cursor doesn't fade and appear, it just goes forward a letter without any delay.
Why would microsoft not just make this a regular setting? If I can hide the ribbon why can't I turn off animations? This is almost as bad as if they made it impossible to disable clippy without deleting him in previous versions.
The effect of animation in 2013 depends on the application. In Word I didn't notice it very much. But in Excel it was like there was an invisible rubber band between the keyboard and the screen when moving from cell to cell. I'd push the arrow key, but moving the focus was delayed a noticeable amount of time, like a rubber band stretching to a breaking point.
The animation feature in Excel alone was ANNOYING enough to make me reject 2013 completely. Until I found the tip/registry hack to disable it.
Why is there no UI command to turn it off. Well, think about it from the POV of the programmer and manager and client who thought of the idea, implemented it and approved it. On their machines, optimized for 2013 on Windows 8 the feature is "really cool"... so why would anyone in their right mind want to turn it off? Unfortunately, they forgot that with literally millions of users there will always be some who do not feel the same way about it.
They simply forgot to include a way of controlling the feature, and the MS design environment did not force them to add a user control for the new feature. Oops...
FYI: there is also an animation feature in Windows 8. At least one user I suggested turning off animation in Office found that the fix did not work completely until they also turned off Windows 8 animation. I didn't notice, because that is something I had turned off long before I installed Office 2013...
As far as I am concerned, this trick is helpful. It would be awesome in typing English, but for Chinese typing, it really can takes some inconveniences.
I think the registry value needs to be named DisableAnimations (plural), not DisableAnimation (singular). I tried the singular first and it did not work for me.
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