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.
Tom Lorimor commented
It's back to a previous version of Excel until this "feature" is fixed. It is seriously distracting, enough so that I've recommended to others not to get this version until there's an option to disable it.
Fabio Avólio commented
Excel should be a work tool that involve concentration and focus. This joke with the joker cursor was not well planned for the profile of most of the professionals who use it. Technical tool! Less is more!
I agree 100% and am so mad there is no way to turn this annoying "feature" off. It's distracting and gives me motion sickness, and doesn't serve any purpose whatsoever. Please give users the option to disable this!
First thing I noticed with 2016 was the animation/glide. It is REALLY annoying and an option to disable it should be added. Curt_L also noted that it results occasionally in a locked cell - and I've noticed this too. So, I'd vote to have an option to disable this and I will also post to the feedback Smiley within the app.
I agree. This was one of the first things I turned off in Excel 2013 for Windows. Please give us an option to turn it off.
I absolutely agree. As a professional user since Excel was first released I do not need my spreadsheet to be slowed down to look like a video game. At least give us the option to turn it off. It's slow, annoying, distracting and generally awful! Going back to 2011 until this is fixed.
Very annoying. First thing I noticed but unable to turn off. Office 2011 is looking better...
I just signed up today for a business plan and find this annoying childish animations.
Microsoft, can you please make an option to disable all animations in Office? Most of us are pro users, they use Office to get the work done. We do not need fancy time consuming play tools.
Adam Twardoch commented
I wholeheartedly agree. I am very fast with the keyboard and this gliding animation slows me down. Also, it distracts me from the content. I tend to disable all kinds of UI animations because they just slow me down. The UI look of Excel 2016 is nice but this aspect is highly non-productive. I've been an Excel user since Windows version 2.1, and I *know* what I'm doing in the app. I don't need "helpful animations". This is Office 97 "Paperclip" striking back.
I cannot figure out the purpose of this animated "improvement". Running Lotus 123 on 8 bit IBM PC XT looked more swift in 1989. Perhaps simulating any mechanical/analogue feeling? Stupid! Sorry.
Not only is the gliding animation a distraction, but it leads to the occasional locked cursor. After the gliding animation stops, my cursor will find itself in a cell and will not move. After about 10 seconds of clicks and keystrokes, the cursor will suddenly unlock and fly all over the page trying to catch up. I have to believe this is in some way related to the animation.
Jelka Meier commented
Please stop the cursor animation in Excel, or give the option back to shut down like Mac Office 2011. In this version I can´t use Office 2016 an I have go back to Mac Office 2011. Pleace change it!!!!
I too find this very annoying. I feel like it slows me down because I have to wait to see if I selected the cell(s) that I meant to. Even if it doesn't really slow me down, the fact that it feels that way means it's a distraction.
I absolutely agree. It's the first thing I noticed in updating to this version and the most annoying. It's especially bad if you have a mouse that tends to slide in spite of those features being turned off. So now I have even worse sliding around with this Excel.