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Please refer to the picture of what the situation is: Graphical User Interface (GUI) missing text.

Basically what happens is in the picture. When I leave excel open too long, or when I have to switch windows and return to excel, I get the bug. Can't search it on the web bc I can't quite explain this. Not to mention it sucks because I have to restart excel every time this happens.


This is MS Excel 2016 PP, 64bit. My machine runs on 8GB RAM, i5-5005U 2.3 GHz. I want to have MS repair the application, but I don't really have the time to go through that.

  • What screen are we even looking at? There really isn't enough information here for people to even guess at what's going on. – fixer1234 Jan 25 at 6:36
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    @fixer1234 it's the "File" screen on Excel 2016. – John Glenn Jan 25 at 6:38
  • Could do with addtional information, like is this a new install? is this the 32-bit or 64-bit version? when did this issue first start occurring? what is your computer specifications(eg. cpu/ram)? The more detailed information you can provide in your question the better the answers will be. – angelofdev Jan 25 at 6:41
  • @angelofdev I edited the question. – John Glenn Jan 25 at 7:01
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Best guess is that your system is running low on memory, sadly not enough information is out there currently regarding this issue.

However as per the suggestion on Microsoft Answers

You could try the following steps:

Option 1. Repair the Office applications.

Option 2. Reinstall a 32-bit Office suite.

  1. Remove the Office applications with the Fix it tool.
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. Reinstall the 32-bit Office suite.

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