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MS PowerPoint for Mac sooooo slow

tmanto02

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Jun 5, 2011
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I use a Mac at work and have found MS PowerPoint so slow it’s basically unusable. I can hardly type in the notes section and when actually presenting I can’t change slides without it hanging and getting the spinning wheel/ball. Latest version of MS Office

The decks I present are quite large, often up to 1gb inc videos, however they work seamlessly on my PC.

I’ve got a 2018 MacBook Pro with 16gb of RAM, so better specs than my PC.

Any suggestions on how to fix?
 

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I feel the same way about Excel, it's just heavy feeling. I'm not sure how to fix it, I think it's just not well optimised for Mac.

Maybe wait for the next update as they might improve it?

Or try different format videos on your slides, as maybe the Mac is struggling to re-encode it when presenting / live?
 
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sracer

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Apr 9, 2010
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I use a Mac at work and have found MS PowerPoint so slow it’s basically unusable. I can hardly type in the notes section and when actually presenting I can’t change slides without it hanging and getting the spinning wheel/ball. Latest version of MS Office

The decks I present are quite large, often up to 1gb inc videos, however they work seamlessly on my PC.

I’ve got a 2018 MacBook Pro with 16gb of RAM, so better specs than my PC.

Any suggestions on how to fix?
MS Office for mac OS is simply a slug. No wonder, considering that each component is about 2GB in size. It is pretty intolerable on my HDD-equipped iMac, and barely usable on my 2017 Macbook Air.

Thankfully, my need to use MS Office on my mac OS devices is minimal, but I think I'm going to end up taking MS Office 2007 for Windows and put each in a WINEskin wrapper. I've done that in the past and it is actually more responsive than the "native" Office for mac.
 
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kohlson

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Apr 23, 2010
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I’ve got a 2018 MacBook Pro with 16gb of RAM
Can you provide more specs? For example, is this connected to an external monitor (4K?) and does the MBP have a dGPU?
In my experience MS Office can be slow on Macs. PPT, for example, was slow when using a 4K monitor downscaled to 1440p, when connected to a MBP with iGPU. Works fine with a Mac with a dGPU.

And I've used Excel on a Mac that was slower than Excel in a Windows VM on the same system.

In my experience, HDD environments have not made for happy Mac users in quite some time.
 
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