What causes the slow performance of Excel?
There seems to be some sort of conflict between Cortana and Excel. I don’t use Cortana as I prefer the various Google tools so the steps as below have no negative outcomes for me. I also seem to be using Google Sheets alot more these days but I still use Excel for large data-sets (e.g. when working with large lists of Mailchimp subscriber data).
Although I use Excel 2016, the steps below should work for other versions too.
Instructions to solve Excel being slow in Windows 10
I found the solution on the web however can’t find the link to the fix. Below are the steps that worked for me in speeding up Excel.
- Log in to Windows 10.
- On your keyboard press the Windows key + I (to get to Settings).
- Type Cortana.
- Click Cortana and Search settings.
- Change the Hey Cortana setting to Off.
- Restart your PC.
Excel will now run far more quickly.