I recently upgraded to Office 2013 on my new Windows 8 notebook. Overall, I am satisfied with it but there was one point which really freaked me out: All movements, every single click is now animated and runs “smoothly”. It really freaked me out because I did not see the advantage of it. But fortunately, there’s a way to stop Office from doing that.
- start “regedit” (just hit the Windows-key on your keyboard, type “regedit” and hit enter. Make sure you start it as an administrator (if you are in a standard-user account and don’t want to use your mouse for “right-click”, “run as” you can also use the key-combination “Ctrl-Shift-Enter”. This is the shortcut for “run as administrator”.
- Navigate to HKEY_USERS and pick your user. If you are using Windows 8, you will not be able to find your username there. Instead, there will be some cryptic numbers. To find out which one is yours you could do the following:
- Go to a folder in your home dir (for example the Downloads folder)
- right-click it, “Properties” and then go to the “security”-tab.
- There you will find one cryptic number, this is your “username” or user-id
- After you found your userfolder in the regedit, navigate to HKEY_USERS\<username>\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Graphics\
- In my case, the key “Graphics” did not exists, so I had to make in manually (right-click on “Common”, “new key”)
- Then you’ll need to make a now DWORD-Entry, named “DisableAnimations” and set it’s value to 1.
That’s it! Reboot and the animations should be gone!