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.
Kris Hunt commented
I agree — this animation is extremely annoying and I can't imagine why anyone thought it would be a good idea.
Brandon Andersen commented
Is there an ETA for when this will be patched? It's terribly annoying.
How silly that it says "good news" up here. Just "upgraded" my Mac from Office 2011 to 2016. Will be downgrading back in a jiffy. What a ridiculous feature to begin with, and how completely typically classically Microsoft to not be able to fix this in more than six months time. Jeesh.
Hi all, here's the way to get rid of that reeeeeaaaaaalllly annoying curser animation:
File tab ---> Options ---> Advanced ---> scroll down to the 'General' heading - unclick 'provide feedback with animation'
... it really baffles me, what common sense group of paid developers/ sales people could possibly think this is a good idea
Kevin Gilmor commented
MS doesn't give one $#it let alone two about its users, especially where mac is concerned. You can look forward to them continually dragging easy stuff like this out until another application comes along and starts taking money out their pockets. Then they will pull an Obama and pull out all the stops and dirty tricks to destroy them.
Carlo Fonseca commented
Microsoft always finds new ways to upset its users, particularly mac users. This pattern has been repeating for the last 20 years now. There seems to be a motivation for doing this again and again... I wonder what that profound motivation is ;-))
Jack Ross commented
Please Help! When will we be able to disable this incapacitating feature?
Have just upgraded to Excel and was really infuriated by this cursor glide animation. Glad to have found that I am not the only one. Why on earth does Microsoft introduce such completely pointless changes. Have they not got anything better to do?
Just upgraded our whole office and we are all extremely annoyed by this feature. Please please please get that Preferences option out to us! It is KILLING my productivity - and making me a little seasick, too - seriously!
Henrique Tancredi commented
Yay, any idea when it will be released? I updated today just to see if it was in there already
Check out the instructions on this page. They worked for me.
Excel 2016 was just installed on my PC. I want to turn off the annoying animations. Where did Microsoft hide "Excel > Preferences" ?
Turned it off on Windows, now for Mac..
Please hurry up with this ridiculous feature... Can't believe it's taken so long!
P Ng commented
Does Microsoft Program Manager have nothing else to do than to think up such useless feature? This remind me of Office Assistance back in the Office 95.
If you use Excel, it is "very likely" that you are working, and the last thing you want is something that slows you down and distracts you.
Try a medium dataset (100 by 100) and use the VERY FIRST version of excel and the LAST ONE applying conditional formulas (e.g. if, ifelse). Guess which version is more efficient...
Please turn it off and do it fast....we have been wait this for almost a year, the excel now is unusable, t's slow as hell. Please just keep it simple, we don't need this fuzzy animation, ....really don't understand what you guys were thinking when develop excel, it slow down performance, and performance is all it matters in excel.
I can see no sign of this in the latest update – am I missing something?