Outlook 2016 issues with “laggy typing” and “my reply font isn’t blue”

A month or so ago I started noticing a horrible lag when writing emails in Outlook 2016. The lag was really horrible and distracting which given the amount of email I write, this is a serious problem.

On top of this, the image in my signature wasn’t loading when I composed a new email (instead a placeholder “image goes here” type thing appeared, although the image would show up fine for the message recipient) and my reply font didn’t appear right – it wasn’t blue! It actually felt like there was something else wrong with it other than the colour, but I couldn’t put my finger on what, so it’s probably just that I’m insanely pre-programmed to expect my reply font to be blue.

I’ve been putting up with it for a few weeks as I figured it was so bad that Microsoft must be issuing a fix soon, however time’s been a ticking and it still seems rather broken.

So as a workaround I’ve followed the info found at http://www.msoutlook.info/question/784 and have reverted to a specific version:

  • Run an Administrator level command prompt
  • cd %programfiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun\
  • officec2rclient.exe /update user updatetoversion=<build number>

You can find a list of build numbers here. I picked 16.0.6366.2062, but I *think* that there might be a version (either the March 24 or the April 4 versions) which are also fixed, but I just wanted it fixed so I jumped back to the Jan 25 build.

It’s really scary how a minor issue in something like this can really ruin your productivity/sanity.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 10:40 PM |

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