Allow users to turn off cursor "glide" animation (cell selection animation)
l find the silly animation that "glides" the cursor from cell to cell to be distracting. That's bad. But the fact that there is no way to turn it off is absolutely infuriating. Let me turn it off.
Good morning (5 April, 2016),
I’m happy to be able to update that we’ve released an update for this issue in Mac Excel 15.21, which has rolled out to Office Insiders today and pending any blocking issues we find there should start rolling out to everyone in a week or so.
In order to turn off this animation once you have the updated build, you’ll want to go to Excel > Preferences > Edit and uncheck the “Provide feedback with animation” checkbox.
Hope that helps,
Greetings and happy Friday (2.26),
Good news – based on the feedback here, we’re going to hook up all of the new animations – including this cursor glide animation – to a setting in Excel > Preferences so that you can turn them off.
The cell animations are idiotic. This is a serious piece of software, not a toy. Get rid of them.
Geoff Tainton commented
This is so distracting and slows me down such that I'm going back to Excel 2011 until it can be switched off.
Jun H. Jang commented
I will not use excel 2016 until this get fixed. So much frustrating!
Eduardo A. commented
@Isaac - UNCHEK "Provide Feedbak with animation", and CHECK "Disable graphic hardware aceleration", both in Advanced Preferences. This will give a solution to This issue.
Jon Peltier commented
Animations in Excel (all of Office really) are worse than distracting, both Mac and Windows versions. I know how to eliminate some of them in Windows, but not the rest, and I'm stuck with all of them on the Mac.
Give us an option to turn this off
Eduardo A. commented
UNCHEK "Provide Feedbak with animation", and CHECK "Disable graphic hardware aceleration", both in Advanced Preferences. This will give a solution to This issue.
There's an option in Preferences > Edit > Edit Options > Provide Feedback with animation. Disabling this does nothing. Enabling it likewise does nothing.
This also actually slows down excel, so that some keyboard inputs are missed. I can't quickly enter numbers in a column, pressing enter betwen each entry any more. Now I have to wait until the animation deigns to update the screen before Excel will accept any more keyboard input. Try this: Open a new excel spreadsheet, then as quickly as you can, hit 9, followed by enter, multiple times. In excel 2011 and earlier, this would result in a nice, neat column of nines. In Excel 2016? Good luck.
Thinking about such bells & whistles is bad enough, but forcing them on users? that's really nasty
Totally agree. At least give us the option to disable it please. It's completely unnecessary and does not add anything at all, it makes Excel less usable!!
Pleeeeaase let us turn it off!
Pierre, Saclay, France commented
MUST BE REMOVED ! I want to decide, not to be told "It's that way, follow it" !
Why are you removing nice features (pane tabs, customizing, for instance), changing neat ones (charts), and introducing low mind breaking ones (cursor animations)?
Please make a update. It`s really annoying.
I'll chip in my support for giving users control over this "feature" - and I'd ask for any animations to be disabled by default. If there's ever contention between utility and eye candy, utility wins hands-down. Excel is supposed to be a workhorse, not a dressage pony.
I'd expect this feature to disable when I uncheck "Provide Feedback with Animation" in the Options.
The animation introduces a totally stupid and unnecessary delay moving from cell to cell. So much so that I do most stuff in Libre now. The animation does not add anything, removes usability.
And why on earth do we have guys recommending editing registry settings here in an Excel for Mac thread!?
Agreed. It is very annoying..!
Agreed; ridiculous feature. Animation is pointless fluff for this. I don't need a visual cue to guide me where to look next — I just clicked on a cell, so I already know where to look. It's gratuitous, vaguely nausea inducing, and gives the impression of slowing me down. Turn it off. Don't bother making it optional. It serves no meaningful user interface purpose.
Mr Undik commented
A similar registry hack that disabled the animations for Office 2013 does indeed work for Office 2016. No animations in Excel, nor in Word or the other Office applications.
Close all Office applications.
Start | Run: regedit.exe
Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common
Right click "Common", select New -> Key, and name it "Graphics".
Right click in the right pane, select New -> DWORD (32-bit value), and name it "DisableAnimations".
Double click on it and give it the value of "1".
Start any Office application and verify the animation is indeed gone.