Why does Excel freeze when copying large ranges and how can I fix it?

Roger Novak 0 Reputation points

When attempting to copy a large range, Excel freezes and gradually consumes all available memory (16 GB) over a ten minute period. This issue occurs even in safe mode and repairing Office 365 has not helped. However, when running Excel as administrator, it behaves normally. Any suggestions on what could be causing this issue and how to resolve it would be appreciated.

Device specifications:

  • Device name: newin11install
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-Core Processor 3.70 GHz
  • Installed RAM: 16.0 GB
  • Device ID: 7820E5E5-1B2C-46F4-B071-3F2293CC2D4F
  • Product ID: 00326-10000-00000-AA691
  • System type: 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
  • Pen and touch: No pen or touch input is available for this display
  • Edition: Windows 11 Home
  • Version: 23H2
  • Installed on: 10/15/2023
  • OS build: 22631.3593
  • Experience: Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22700.1003.0
  • Motherboard: AB350M-Gaming 3
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 1660 Studio Driver 555.99
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  1. Jiajing Hua-MFST 7,545 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Roger Novak

    Via online search, some third-party software may cause problems when using Office. It is recommended to try a clean boot.

    Besides, as there is no "Disable Hardware Acceleration" option in Office, I suggest you go to Start> Settings> System> Display> Graphics Settings > Select: Desktop app > Use the Browse button to add Excel.exe > After you’ve added Excel, select: Options > Use the Power Saving GPU: Microsoft Basic Render Driver

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