Frustration with Excel 2011!!

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  1. Traverse macrumors 603

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    This post is more a of a rant I suppose, but maybe someone here has a tip?

    I'm an accounting major + I love to use spreadsheets for everything! I don't care for Numbers and would rather take that effort to better learn excel.

    However, Excel for Mac is just awful compared to windows. It takes 10-30 seconds to open a blank workbook (I just had to force quit it). And beach balls when you put in the first formula of any sheet. I just put in a basic B5+B5*$A$1 formula and it froze for like 7 seconds. What is sad is that running Excel 2010 or 2013 in Windows via VMWare is much faster than excel for mac, but running a VM slows the rest of my machine down.

    2011 MacBook Pro Quad i7, 8 GM of RAM.

    Excel for iPad and OneNote for Mac are both a joy for me to use, much more responsive and fluid. I hope that when Excel 2014/2015 comes it makes a huge improvement.

    But until then, do any of you know any tips to speed up excel?
     
  2. tuthill macrumors member

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    No problem here

    With a 2009 Macbook Pro with 8 gig ram Excel 2011 opens within a couple seconds and there is no pause at all when I enter your sample formula.

    Perhaps a reinstall Office might be in order?
     
  3. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Do you have add-ons installed? They could take some time. I agree that in general Excel takes longer to open on Mac than Windows (Excel 2013 on Windows opens right away for me); however, I haven't had an issue with it. On 2011 i7 MBP 13" with dual core 8GB and 500GB HDD, it takes maybe 2 seconds to open on ML and 20 seconds to open on Mavericks.

    Yep - Mavericks really slowed everything down for me.
     
  4. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    No add-ons. I must admit that it got notably slower with mavericks. Unfortunately, some apps and features that I use daily only support Mavericks.

    I hope that this is just poor optimization that will be fixed with Office 2014. Since I have the University subscription so I'll get the new version.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    That's not normal. Contact Microsoft for support.

    Excel opens in 1 or 2 seconds on my 2011 MacBook Pro with SSD.
     
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    This won't really help you but no such issues here on an early 2011 MBP.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    I've been disappointed with Excel as well, so much so I do run it in a VM, its a better experience imo.
     
  8. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Wow - well if it helps then why not but that's a lot of work to just open a program. I'm slowly making the switch to Numbers - works great but definitely not ready for enterprise level work.
     
  9. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah, unfortunately Numbers lacks the functionality I need and the compatible I have to have to work with my business spreadsheets. I don't think Excel should be this slow, but I recently did a fresh install when I purchased the subscription so I don't think that is needed. I suspect that Mavericks and Excel don't play as nice.

    I'll just wait it out until Excel 2014/2015 is released.
     
  10. tuthill macrumors member

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    Excel 2011 and Mavericks get along fine on my system.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Excel is light years ahead of Numbers, I use Excel but I'm not happy with the Mac version. I have an office 365 subscription and what the windows version has over the Mac is enough for me to keep a VM running and using that.

    YMMV but I used Numbers for a while, but found it too limiting.
     
  12. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yes exactly! And even the functions that Numbers can do I find to be more tedious to implement.

    Plus, I need compatibility with Office and Numbers does not open and export complex Excel files well.
     
  13. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    I recently replaced my HDD with a Samsung EVO SSD. This helped, but now I can clearly see how lacking MS Office is. Every app on my system opens nearly immediately, but Office still takes about 5-7 seconds. I know this is a first world problem, but Office running in VMWare opens instantly now, so there is no reason Office for Mac shouldn't.

    And yes, when I replaced the SSD I did a clean system install and a fresh installation of MS Office, so it is Office, not my computer.
     

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