Monday, 1 July 2013

Powerpoint 2010 too slow to update slides? Fix

Here's how to fix very slow display of text and pics on Powerpoint 2010 / 2007 slides on the screen, whenever you change or even edit slides? A big annoyance - it affects productivity, as sometimes Powerpoint becomes unresponsive and won't refresh, redraw or update the screen at all unless you change slides away and back (only a workaround, and slows things down).

Below is a step by step 'howto' solution to solve this problem of the slow graphics rendering in Powerpoint (others have solved it by changing to the Windows 7 Basic theme, this suggestion has the same effect, on my system at least, and changes the theme for you when you use the shortcut icon concerned to launch Powerpoint):

  1. Rightclick the shortcut icon that you use to start Powerpoint
  2. Choose "Properties" from the menu
  3. Now click the "Compatibility" tab (outlined in red below)

  4. Make sure "Disable desktop composition" is ticked as shown (also outlined in red, above).
  5. Then click "OK".

That's it. Worked for me on a Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit desktop, Powerpoint is a zillion times faster now. I hope it works for you too.

Thanks qwerty15!

Background - after a recent Windows update I started getting this problem of Powerpoint is displaying slides too slowly (and it seems a common problem) when moving between or editing slides.


Lasse said...

Thanks for this clever advice! You made my day! I was so annoyed with PowerPoint's slow response! But now it works as a breeze. Thanks a million! :-)

Unknown said...

Thanks a million. This is a huge help.