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Office 2013 Alt Key brings up shortcut letters - how to stop

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I recently made the mistake of moving from XP / Office 2003 on an old Pentium Duo to 8.1 / 2013 I7. Hoping for a zippy upgrade that would make me more productive I find myself somewhat disappointed.

I am finding the interface extremely sluggish and slowly working out things like turning animations off.

One thing I have not been able to solve is the following

I do a lot of switching between applications (Alt + Tab) - general performance is slow in terms of this reacting but the most annoying thing is in Office applications if you are slightly too slow on the Tab Office starts drawing the Alt menu on the ribbon bar - little numbers and letters denoting the shortcuts. The problem is that you can literally watch the letters being drawn. It takes several seconds for this process to complete - you can't stop it and no attempt to switch to another application works - you have to wait for it to complete.

Anyone know how to switch this off or make it less sensitive?
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try t check this MS technet article if it helps you
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by:Michael-Best
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There is no option in Office to turn it off, this because the <ALT> key is required for keyboard shortcuts

Don't remove your thumb or finger off the <ALT> key without hitting another key.
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@helpfinder - had a brief look but seems more about disabling certain shortcuts

@Michael - that is the problem and why I was searching for an answer - I am not doing anything different on this system than on others in the office - it only happens on Win 8.1 / Office 2013.

In Normal applications (not Office 2013) if you hold the alt key down the menu does not appear until you release the alt key. In Office 2013 if you hold the alt key down the menu starts appearing after 1 second even if you still have your finger on the alt - hence the problem.

On a Windows 7 machine running 2013 the same thing happens - keep finger on alt menu appears - except it is instant. On Windows 8.1 I have to watch it drawing the icons.
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I think I have found the problem - seems to be user profile related. When logging onto the same machine with a new user account the problem does not happen.

Going to recreate profile - would be interesting to know why not enough to put any time into it.
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by:Julian Hansen
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Thanks for the response - no solution here but got me thinking and that led to a solution
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