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.
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.
Excel is a working software, it is not a toy! time is crucial, I can't believe it takes me so much time to go down the cells because of such a useless un necessary feature. There is no doubt the person who designed this have never worked with excel in his whole life. go back to play and let us work! REMOVE THE CURSOR ANIMATION ASAP PLEASE.
I fully concur on this. It is bad enough to have this on by default but over the years I have come to be somewhat desensitized on all these marketing "features" I need to disable upon first use of new software. Being unable to disable such annoying behavior is infuriating. Please fix this.
Cristi Pinela commented
the glide animation is really disorienting and actually makes me feel a bit queasy. Would really appreciate a feature to disable this, thank you!
PLEASE eliminate this cursor animation. It is horribly distracting.
Every version is less user friendly for your power users.
Just started Exel 2016. The animation is driving me bonkers. I cannot believe there is no way to turn it off. If there is no solution, I will consider going back to my old version.
I agree, it's worth downgrading for me (if that's possible with 365)
I don't like the glide as well. It makes me lose concentration as I wait for the cursor to glide to my selection. But I must also say that it is a good feature to have for training.
I had to start a new spreadsheet this morning and found I went for Apple's Numbers (which is very "limited" functionality wise) but at least you don't have video game effects slowing you down and at least I got the job done is sensible time.
Excel/Office is a work tool NOT a video game. MS have badly messed-up leaving out an option to disable this "feature"
I agree. Slow you down, work takes longer. It's not a video game but a work tool. MS need to accept that and at minimum allow it to be disabled
This animation is terrible. Slows down work.
MS need to accept that people use Excel for doing work and that means getting things done. It's not a video game.
I'm at the point of demanding a refund and dropping Office. It is a work tool so at least should be able to disable it.
@Excel Team: seem to be 2 issues that stand out: font smoothing on non-retina's, and this one, turn-off cursur glides. Both are under your review (thanks for that confirmation).
Any chance on a further update? Will they be part of an upcoming release (and of course indicative when) ... thx.
Add a Mac XLS user ... Have been spreadsheets back to Lotus 123 on various Windows, but lately also Mac's. Been a long time keyboard user, but this gliding thing just slows me down, and generates errors since Excel cannot keep up with me. In general (and goes for Windows, OSX and Office in general) ... I would love, no kill, for a feature which allows me to switch off ALL eye candy, such as animations etc ...
After a successful and painless transition to Windows 10, I had new respect for Microsoft (which I'd given up for dead long ago). But now I find this "feature". Annoying. Distracting. Useless. Juvenile. And I can't turn it off. Don't you people do any usability testing? Good God. I am disgustipated.
Why can't these be disabled?????
Thank you. Please also add someone that uses Excel for Mac to the dev team - I can't believe that this "feature" would have made it out of alpha if someone actually tried to use it with data that filled more than a page or two.
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Can't agree more - this "feature" is enormously disruptive and slows down navigation substantially. The fact that you can't turn it off is extremely frustrating.