Solve the Word 365/2016 Slow Typing Issue
Since Word 2016 was published, it has very serious performance issues on devices with high resolution displays like the Surface Book and Surface Pro. As soon as a document is longer than about 1000 words, there is a terrible typing lag, i.e. text appears on screen much slower than you type.
The typing lag is particularly bad in tables and when markup mode is used.
This bug is a terrible productivity killer. I can absolutely not understand how it can persist since mid 2015 without being corrected, even more since it mainly appears on Microsoft hardware.
The bug is reproducible. All Surface Books in our company suffer from it. Even a fresh install of the most recent versions of Windows 10 und Office 365 does not solve the problem.
The bug has been extensively discussed on answers.microsoft.com, but no solution is known so far.
See for instance in these threads:
A solution would be very much appreciated! Thanks.
Let Microsoft keep playing around with 'features' that keep breaking what should be simple word processor. Cancel your O365 subscription. Openoffice.org
Please fix the lag issue ! Word 365 is almost unusable on my Surface Pro !
Josh Straub commented
For any technically inclined power users out there, try using Microsoft/Sysinternals free "Process Explorer" tool (use the Help guide to Configure Symbol Server for best results) or the open source alternative "Process Hacker 2" to try and identify which thread exactly of WINWORD.EXE is causing the delay.
Do this by double clicking WINWORD.EXE in Process Explorer/Hacker when the behavior is happening, go to the Threads tab, and find the one with the highest Cycles Delta. If you've configured your Symbols properly, it will give more informative info as to what the thread is doing exactly.
Then, double click the suspect thread and it will show a "Stack", which is a sort of history/sequence of events that describes the task the program is current processing.
If you're technically knowledgeable about Windows systems, you might find a clue that pinpoints the culprit. (For instance, you might find some 3rd party Add-in is unexpectedly listed in the Thread Stack, or perhaps some international feature, or dictation feature that you don't use, etc.)
Good luck! If you wish to contact me, send it to "syclone0044" at the Yahoo.com domain...
Matthias Haldimann commented
The issue was once again not fixed with the update to version 1702.
Matthias Haldimann commented
I just installed the new Insider Build 1701, released yesterday.
Unfortunately, this bug is STILL not fixed.
Same problem here on a standard CAD-level laptop. Severe slowdowns when editing large documents. Starts fine but performance gradually degrades until it's unbearable or crashes. Unacceptable, especially for an upgrade from 2013 that seems to only be a stability release with no new features to speak of.
Please fix, this is a huge issue that has all of my end users pulling their hair out!!
Please address the slow typing issue. This should be a first priority.
Please find a solution to the slowness soon.
A solution needs to be found please!
Bastiaan Vlasblom commented
This is killing my productivity and a big distraction, please fix asap.
Olivia Chin commented
Please help fix the slow issue asap! Thank you.
Same issue on Surface Pro 3. Terribly frustrating.
Steve Li commented
I get the same issue, please help to fix. Thanks.
Lesley Green commented
If this is a new feature - NOT a fan. Please correct!
Tony Capecci commented
Shawn G commented
Critical issue that is destroying productivity. Please resolve
A London commented
Please correct this issue. Is a big productivity issue.
Please address this issues as soon as possible.
John Kosmas commented
Please address the slow typing issue as soon as possible.