Instructions to solve Excel being slow in Windows 10
Below are the steps that worked for me in speeding up Excel.
- Log in to Windows 10.
- On your keyboard press the Windows key + I (to get to Settings).
- Type Cortana.
- Click Cortana and Search settings.
- Change the Hey Cortana setting to Off.
- Restart your PC.
Excel will now run far more quickly.
Here’s how to disable Cortana in Windows 10registry
- Press Win+R to open REGEDIT. Type in regedit and click OK.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows
- Locate the Windows Search key. If it doesn’t exist, create a new key named Windows Search by right-clicking on the Windows folder and choosing New > Key.
- Right-click on the Windows Search folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) value.
- Name this new DWORD AllowCortana, double click on it and set the value to 0.
- Reboot your PC.
If Excel freezes in every file. Try these steps.
Disable Hardware Graphics Acceleration Office 2010, 2013, 2016 Registry
- Press Windows + R key together, type regedit in the Run dialog box and click Enter key to open the Registry Editor
- Under the left-hand pane, navigate here:
- Now, you should create the subkey to Common by right clicking over it and choose New and then, Key. Provide the name of this subkey as Graphics. In the right-hand pane of Graphics subkey, you can create a new DWORD by right click on the blank space and choose New and DWORD Value. After that, giving a newly created DWORD as DisableHardwareAcceleration and then double click on it to find out this:
- In the above dialog box, you can change the Value data from 0 to 1. Press OK button. Close the Registry Editor and then, reboot the system to make some changes effectively.
Start Excel in Safe Mode
- Close completely out of Excel.
- Hold the Windows Key and press “R” to bring up the Run dialog box.
excel -safe then press “Enter“.
If Excel opens with the above steps, it is likely that a plugin or other software is installed that is interfering with the software. Proceed with step 4 to try to fix the issue. If you still experience problems with Excel started in Safe Mode, try the next set of instructions.
- Select “File” > “Options“.
- Select “Add-ins“.
- Select “Excel Add-ins” in the “Manage” drop-down menu, then select “Go…“.
- If any items are checked, try unchecking them, then selecting “OK“. This will disable Add-ins that may be causing the freezing.
- Close Excel, then launch it normally to see if that did the trick. If not, repeat steps 3 through 7, only try a different selection in step 6. Go through the list in the drop-down for “COM Add-ins“, “Actions“, and “XML Expansion Packs” and see if disabling items in those selections do the trick.