Office applications are slow to display newly inserted graphics

After you insert an item such as a picture or chart in an Office file, such as a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet, the application takes an unusually long time to display the changed file content
This behavior may occur when the system is low on resources. You can improve the performance by freeing additional system memory (RAM); this is most often accomplished by restarting the computer. However, this is inconvenient.
To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you prefer to fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.

  • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
  • If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.

Then, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

To avoid frequently restarting the computer, we can make a small modification to the Windows Registry to assist in freeing system resources occupied by library (*.dll) files when a program is closed:

  1. Go to the Start Menu and run REGEDIT.exe (Registry Editor)
  2. For 32-bit operating systems, navigate to:
    For 64-bit operating systems, navigate to:
  3. In the right pane, right-click and point to New and then select DWORD (32-bit) Value
  4. Change the Value name to AlwaysUnloadDLL and then press Enter.
  5. Double-click the AlwaysUnloadDLL item, change the Value Data to 1 and then click Ok to save.

Did this fix the problem?

  • Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this section. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.
  • We would appreciate your feedback. To provide feedback or to report any issues with this solution, please leave a comment on the "Fix it for me" blog or send us an email message.
More information
Normally, when we end the processes of an application, some of the related shared library (*.dll) files may still occupy system resources
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Article ID: 2649183 - Last Review: 09/03/2013 06:51:00 - Revision: 4.0

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