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I feel that Outlook 2013 (compared to Thunderbird) is quite slow at e.g. changing between mail view and calendar view - is there any way to disable e.g. the animation of the transition between mail view and calendar? Also opening e.g. [local] tasks takes some notable amount of time, it's not instant. Any way to tune this? My system has a quad core, SSD, enough RAM, no CPU load... The performance is really annoying.

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This article suggests creating the following registry value:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Graphics]
"DisableAnimations"=dword:00000001

Or you can try downloading the registry file with this setting in it from here (source). I haven't yet used Office 2013, however, so I can't verify that this works.

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Thank you, works, even without system restart (article claims you need to reboot it). Performance now feels better when switching between calendar and mail view, opening tasks could still be faster \: –  stefan.at.wpf Dec 28 '12 at 13:25
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Try the following:

Control Panel\Ease of Access\Ease of Access Center\Make the computer easier to see\Make things on the screen easier to see\Turn off all unnecessary animations

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Didn't test this as I guess this considers only windows settings, but especially because Bacons answer worked perfect. But thank you for your reply :-) –  stefan.at.wpf Dec 28 '12 at 13:26
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The solution is to disable Hardware acceleration from 'Options / Advanced'

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