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Fixing Typing Lag in Word 2013

I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to figure out why I was experiencing so much lag when typing in Word 2013.

Here is the basic symptom:

When I typed something in a Word document – whether it’s a blank document, a document created from a template, or an existing document – I experienced incredible lag.  It would take a while for the characters to appear in the document.  Sometimes 2-3 seconds, other times as much as 45 seconds or more.

Of course, this happened right in the middle of a huge project with very, very tight deadlines.  And, of course, I was already running behind.

My first thought was I had a virus of some sort.  So, I did deep scan, and nothing was found.  I ran a repair through Control Panel > Programs and that didn’t help.  It felt like the CPU was pegged, but it wasn’t… although Word was using more than its fair share of CPU time.  I closed all other programs and that didn’t help.  I was getting pretty frustrated.

I finally figured out the problem, and it had to do with my video cards.  Apparently, Word didn’t like the fact the video cards were trying to handle the graphics.  I’ve read up on this a little and have learned that this setting is a little flaky.  Here’s where you find it:

1. In Word 2013, go to “File” and “Options”

File

Options

2. Click on “Advanced” and scroll down to find the “Display” settings.

Advanced Display

3. Find the “Disable hardware graphics acceleration” setting.

Disable

Here’s where it gets a little hinky.  One would think checking this box would be a bad thing as it would slow down your graphics rendering and cause the lag.  That very well could be the case.  Or, it might be that Word doesn’t like your video card and so this box needs to be checked.  Basically, if it’s checked, remove the check from the box.  If it’s not checked, then put a check in the box.  Either way, it should fix your problem.

In my particular case, I had to disable acceleration, so I put a check in the box.

I hope this helps you out!