Mz 7 Optimizer Windows 7 Tweaker

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 1, 2010
Updated • Jun 11, 2014
Software, Windows software

Windows 7, like any other Microsoft operating system, has lots of hidden settings and options that can be used to tweak the operating system to increase the performance or improve the functionality of it.

Tweaking applications like Mz 7 Optimizer are the preferred way of many Windows users to apply those tweaks. While it is theoretically possible to apply them all manually, it often requires deeper knowledge of the operating system and research on the tweaks. Not to mention the time it takes to apply multiple tweaks manually.

Mz 7 Optimizer is a sophisticated tool to apply tweaks to Windows 7. The program suggests to create a backup of the Windows Registry on first startup. Users should accept that for an option to restore the Registry in case tweaks go bad. While it is unlikely that they do, it is always a good idea to have a way to restore a previous state of the operating system.

The main interface of the program is divided into a left sidebar, that links to tweaking categories like performance, Internet or security tweaks and other tools offered by the software. Each category contains multiple tabs at the top that group the tweaks further.

The Internet tweaks category for instance lists network tweaks, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, each with their own distinct tweaks.

Tweaks are not explained in the program interface, but in the help that is linked from the header of the program. It takes some time to find the right information in the help file as the program does not link directly to the help topics on the active page. To find out what Disable NTFS Paging File Encryption does in the Hard Disk Tweaks tab of Performance Tweaks, users would have to click on the Help button at the top, then on Tweaks > Performance Tweaks > Hard Disk Tweaks to see the answer.

A direct help, for instance with an overlay would be very helpful. Users who are in a hurry or know what they are doing can use an automatic optimizer to optimize Windows 7 with a few clicks. This is done by selecting how the computer and Internet connection should be optimized:

automatic tweaker

Mz 7 Optimizer offers several other interesting options, for instance a link to the ultimate Control Panel. This special control panel links to all Control Panel options from a single page.

ultimate control panel

The program links to several additional tools and applications in the Useful tools section. Users find programs to optimize the CPU and computer memory, clean and defrag the PC, manage startup items or a shutdown scheduler.

Mz 7 Optimizer is one of the most sophisticated programs when it comes to tweaking the Windows 7 operating system. Lots and lots of options and interesting features.

So, what kind of tweaks are offered by Mz 7 Optimizer?

Performance Tweaks

Cpu Tweaks

mz 7 optimizer

  • Enable system cache optimization - Enabling this tweak, can automatically optimize Windows 7 system cache in relation to the L2 cache of your CPU.
  • Increase IRQ priority of the CMOS real-time clock - Optimize overall system performance, by increasing the IRQ priority of the CMOS real-time clock.
  • Force Windows to redetect processor's features on the next Windows startup - This option forces Windows to run a processor check routine on system startup, to determine whether your processor supports Windows 7 advanced CPU memory management features.
    The CPU check routine will be executed only once on the next system start. There is no need to execute it on every start.
  • Processor Priority Control - This tweak can be used to force Windows to optimize CPU usage for applications or background tasks.

Hard Disk Tweaks

  • Disable NTFS 'Last Access Update Stamp' - This tweak can speed up disk operations. Windows file system will not record the last time a file was accessed, anymore.
  • Disable 8.3 filename creation - If you don't use 16 Bit applications, turning off this check box can speed up file system operations
  • Increase NTFS memory usage - Increasing physical memory does not always increase the amount of paged pool memory available to NTFS. This setting raises the limit of paged pool memory. This improves performance if your system is opening and closing many files in the same file set and is not already using large amounts of system memory for other applications or for cache memory.
  • Disable NTFS drive encryption - The Encrypting File System (EFS) allows you to secure data on NTFS volumes, but it also adds some processor overhead to your machine and can affect the performance of some applications. By checking this option, you can increase hard disk performance.
  • Disable compression on NTFS volumes - Disable compression feature on NTFS volumes, to gain file access speed.
  • Disable NTFS Paging File encryption - Disable paging file encryption feature on NTFS volumes, to gain file access speed.
  • Always keep Windows 7 kernel in memory and never page it to disk - This tweak will keep drivers and the Windows 7 kernel always in memory and never page them to disk if not in use.
  • Master File Table (MFT) size - If you have a NTFS formated volume enable this setting to reserve a large space for the Master File Table (MFT). This will help you to minimize fragmetion to this file. If you have a big amount of files, try to reserve more space for MFT. Works best when activated before files are copied to a volume.

Memory Tweaks

  • Unload unused dlls from memory when not in use - Windows, automatically unload .dlls, that they have not been used after a period of time. But this inactive period might be too long at times and cause performance slow downs. Enable this option to disable Windows, holding the .dlls in memory.
  • Run 16-bit applications in a separated virtual machine (WDM) - This option forces every 16-bit application to run in its own process
  • Enable file system cache memory optimizations - Mz 7 Optimizer can optimize the Windows 7 file system cache in relation to the installed amount of RAM.
  • Increase additional worker threads for the running processes - A computer that's placed under heavy load conditions quite often may benefit from having more system worker threads, which perform things like clean-up after a process quits running.
  • Optimize Memory Usage Allocation For - This tweak can be used to force Windows Vista, to optimize the memory usage for applications or system caching.
  • Windows Prefetch And Superfetch Technologies - These options can boost Windows 7 boot and application launching

Windows Tweaks

Core System Tweaks

core system tweaks

  • Restart Desktop and Taskbar automatically after errors - Windows Desktop or Windows Taskbar will be restarted if an error occurs.
  • Optimize the hard disk(s) when they are idle - If enabled, Windows will automatically defrag the hard disk(s), in times of low activity.
  • Launch folder windows in a separate process - This option, controls whether each folder window is launched as a separate explorer task. The advantage is that on crashes the others processes should be not be affected and the disadvantage is that that it takes more system resources for each folder.
  • Launch Desktop and Taskbar in a separate process - By default Windows creates one multi-threaded Explorer process which contains the Desktop, Taskbar and all other explorer instances. If one of these instances fails, all instances will fail. When enabled, this setting causes Windows to create separate processes insulating them from other failures.
  • Turn off program compatibility assistant - The PCA monitors user initiated programs for known compatibility issues at run time. Whenever a potential issue with an application is detected, the PCA will prompt the user with pointers to recommended solutions. This option is useful for system administrators who require faster performance and are aware of the compatibility of the applications they are using.
  • Disable file caching for the Workstation service - This option is useful, if you are experiencing problems with workstations flushing data to the server.
  • Disable WMI event logging - Disable WMI events - These logs are mostly necessary for WMI script developers or system administrators when searching for the cause of errors. For the average user these logs makes no sense and can just as well be disabled to avoid unnecessary I/O and defragmentation.

Startup Tweaks

  • Enable boot defragmention - Windows 7 have the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. This option turns on this feature.
  • Turn off the Windows startup sound - This option disables the Windows login sound.
  • Run startup scripts asynchronously - Use this option to optimize the startup/logon processes so users can logon before startup scripts have finished.
  • Restore folder windows at startup - If enabled, Windows will attempt to re-open any folders that were already open when the system was last shutdown.
  • Disable updating Group Policy during startup - If you enable this policy, the system does not wait for Group Policy updates to complete before inviting the user to log on. As a result, the Windows interface might appear to be ready before computer Group Policy is applied.
  • Disable auto-detection on IDE drives during startup - Another quick trick for a faster boot up is to disable the auto detection that Windows 7 uses to determine if there are IDE devices present in any of the IDE slots on the motherboard. More specifically, disable this feature on any empty slots to prevent the operating system wasting time and resources checking them.
  • Delay for check disk scan times at startup - This tweak reduces the delay time of Windows Autocheck disk that it takes to start.

Shutdown Tweaks

  • Power off button action - This options specifies the start menu power off button action.
  • Clear the system pagefile on system shutdown - This option makes your computer more secure and helps boost performance of the paging file by keeping it clean and unfragmented. Also, it may make the shutdown process slower.
  • Automatically close non-responding applications - Processes do not end automatically. The system waits until the process ends and if the process takes more time than the value of the Hung application timeout entry, then the End Task dialog box appears, stating that the application cannot respond to the End Task request. With this tweak enabled, crashed processes will end automatically.
  • Time to wait when a program hangs - Windows waits by default a long time to finally acknowledge that a particular program is 'Not responding', and only after that allowing you to shut it down by clicking the End Task button. Configure the waiting period here.
  • Time to wait before ending programs with errors - This value sets the timeout until Windows shuts down/restarts, while trying to end open programs. Configure the waiting period here.
  • Time to wait for services to end before killing - This value sets the timeout until Windows shuts down/restarts, while trying to end open services. Configure the waiting period here

Internet Tweaks

Network Tweaks

  • Limit reserved bandwidth (Quality of Service) - This setting determines the percentage of connection bandwidth that the system can reserve for Windows QoS (Quality of Service) traffic. By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection. Setting it to 0, to increase network bandwidth.
  • TCP (Transmission Control Program) window size - The TCP window size is the amount of data that can be transmitted over the network before an acknowledgement is needed from the destination server. If you set this too low, you will incur a lot of overhead. If you set it too high, too much data will have to be retransmitted if the destination server does not acknowledge the packets.
  • Enable large TCP window (RWIN) support - Enables Large TCP Window support as described in RFC 1323. Without this parameter, the TCP Window is limited to 64K
  • Enable CTCP as the default congestion control provider - CTCP increases the TCP send window more aggressively for broadband connections than the traditional slow-start algorithm. Enabling this option can improve network performance.
  • Disable windows scaling heuristics - This tweak will enforce any user-set TCP Window auto-tunning level.
  • Enable DCA (Direct Cache Access) - Direct Cache Access (DCA) allows a capable I/O device, such as a network controller, to deliver data directly into a CPU cache. Enabling DCA reduce memory latency and the memory bandwidth requirement in high bandwidth environments.
  • Enable NetDMA (TCPA) - Enable this tweak to free the CPU from handling memory data transfers between network card data buffers and application buffers by using a DMA engine.
  • Optimize keep alive time - This setting controls how often the server should check if an idle connection is still "alive" by sending a single TCP/IP packet to the client. If enabled and if the client does not react on this keep alive packet, the keep alive connection is freed, thus also freeing resources.
  • Optimize DNS error caching - This option, is an easy way to help speed up Web browsing, by optimizing DNS cache times.
  • Optimize host resolution priority - This tweak improves DNS and hostname resolution in general. It helps web pages load faster, and has negligible effect on downloads.

Internet Explorer

internet explorer tweaks

  • Disable page transitions - Internet Explorer supports page transition animations that some web developers may apply when entering or exiting a page. These include wipes, blends, and dissolves. If you find webpage transition animations annoying when browsing, this tweak disables them.
  • Disable Clear Type fonts - A feature of Internet Explorer is Clear Type which makes the text on a web page look smooth instead of looking crisp and sharp. Clear Type is supposed to make reading text easier on a web page. This tweak turns off Clear Type.
  • Disable smooth scrolling - This setting allow you to disable the Internet Explorer smooth scrolling function, which on an low-powered system can cause performance degradation.
  • Disable automatic updates - Disable Internet Explorer from updating automatically.
  • Place the menu above the taskbar - This tweak place the Internet Explorer menu above the taskbar.
  • Disable visual style controls - Disable visual styles on buttons and controls in Internet Explorer.
  • Always show menus - Turn on the menu bar (File, Edit, View, ...) in Internet Explorer.
  • Maximum simultaneous downloads - By default, Windows Internet Explorer limit the number of files that you can download at one time to six. This tweak enables you to increase to this number of simultaneous downloads up to 20.

Customization Tweaks

Taskbar Tweaks

  • Enable flashing Taskbar buttons - This tweak enable applications flashing their buttons on the Windows toolbar.
  • Make Taskbar icons smaller - The size of the Windows 7 Taskbar icons is big or large, and taking up too much screen estate. With this option, it’s possible to make the icons in the Windows 7 Superbar smaller in size.
  • Disable Taskbar balloon tips - Windows sometimes offers tips and advice to new users by opening a balloon window from the taskbar. The feature can disabled using this tweak.
  • Number of items in the Jump Lists - This will show you how to change the number of Recent Items to display on the Start menu and taskbar pinned icon Jump Lists in Windows 7.
  • Thumbnails preview display delay time - This will show you how to change the delay time for how long it takes to display taskbar thumbnail previews when you hover the mouse point over a pinned item or open window icon or button on the Windows 7 taskbar.
    Taskbar thumbnail previews will only work if you are using a Aero Theme.
  • Taskbar thumbnail live preview delay time - If you hover your mouse cursor over the small thumbnail, Windows shows a live preview of the running application and makes all other running applications windows transparent. This tweak can be used to adjust the live preview delay time.

Windows Aero Tweaks

  • Force enabling Windows Aero effects, by disabling hardware compatibility checking - If your graphic card doesn’t support Windows Aero Glass, here a trick that you can try to force Windows 7 to enable Windows Aero Glass on non-WDDM compatible or not Aero supported graphics accelerator card or processor, by disabling the check Windows 7 made to determines if your system hardware fulfills minimum requirements for Aero Glass window frame transparency.
  • Disable Aero animations - One effect of Windows Aero is the effect of the animation such as flip, flip 3D or minimize the active window. This tweak disables this effect and reduces system resources.
  • Disable Aero Snap - Aero Snap is a new feature in Windows 7 wherein the windows will automatically arrange (dock) when moved to the edge of the screen. When you drag a window to the left side of the screen, it will automatically dock to the left side of the screen taking half of the screen space. The same goes for the right side. When dragged to the top of the screen, the window maximizes. If you want to disable the automatic arrangement (Aero Snap) feature, check this option.
  • Disable Aero Glass transparency - Windows aero transparency, also known as glass effect, which was introduced with the Windows Vista gives a new fresh look to your desktop. Windows Aero Glass Transparency effect uses a lot of graphics power. This tweak disables this effect.
  • Disable Aero Blur effect - If you prefer windows to be more transparent rather than being translucent, check this option.
  • Enable elongated buttons - This tweak will change the appearance of the minimize, maximize, and close buttons – elongating them or making them square (on natively supported cards the default is already set to elongated buttons).
  • Enable slow animations when pressing the 'Shift' key - If Flip 3D menu is a bit to fast for you and want to slow down these animations temporarily by just pressing the 'Shift' key, check this option.
  • Number of displayed windows in Flip3D - This is a useful tip for those of you that have low-end graphics cards and still would like to use the Flip3D feature. Reduce the number of displayed windows, to increase performance.
  • Windows border width - This tweak will change the width of all the window borders, to what you want them to be.

Security Tweaks

Network Security

network security tweaks

  • Prevent administrative shares on cluster nodes - This option disables the administrative shares on a Windows 7-based cluster
  • Restrict anonymous user access - Windows has a feature where anonymous users can list domain user names and enumerate share names. Enable this option for enhanced security.
  • Disable recent shares in network places - This restriction stops remote shared folders from being added to Network Places whenever you open a document in the shared folder.
  • Hide entire network from neighborhood network - Entire Network is an option under Network Neighborhood that allows users to see all the Workgroups and Domains on the network. Entire Network can be disabled, so users are confined to their own Workgroup or Domain.
  • Hide the server's computer name from other computers in the domain - You can configure a computer so that it does not send announcements to browsers on the domain. If you do so, you hide the computer from the Browser list, which can help reduce network traffic.
  • Disallow users to connect remotely using Terminal Services - Remote Desktop allows you to connect to your computer remotely and work as though you are sitting at the console. This tweak disables this feature.
  • Disable automatic discovery of media contents in shared network by Windows Media Player - If you do not want to share files in a monitored folder that is located on another computer, check this option.
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  1. Anonymous said on February 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    The full quote is:

    “The content is not stored or seen by any human unless donated as part of the feedback mechanism.”

    How much time before that data collection and processing become consentless, like Microsoft likes to do ?

    “Another way you can help refine this feature is to donate your actual emails so we can analyze their contents and improve the quality of suggestions in the future.”


  2. DaveyK said on February 22, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Am I the only one that wishes that MS would instead focus on fixing some of the more glaring issues with their software before implementing silly new gimmicks like this?

    Outlook still loves to hang for several seconds at a time if there’s any issue accessing a mailbox (particularly a problem if you have several mailboxes open, or if your VPN connection temporarily drops). Quite why the server processing seems to share the same thread as the UI is beyond me.

    I’m also sick of the recent bug in Outlook that won’t let you attach a document to an e-mail if it is open in another window. Thus forcing me to close the spreadsheet, attach it, then re-open it again. Weirdly, if it is in the “recent” list, it will attach without complaint.

    Add onto this the horrible, cluttered interface in Outlook these days (so much white space and other huge elements) that make e-mail navigation a pain on a small screen and I can’t help think that fixing basic issues like these and improving the accessibility of the programs should be a far higher priority than a feature which 99% of people will probably just disable.

    1. Bob Bailey said on November 25, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      I want them to fix Windows 95. Instead, they flounder along with “upgrades” until they realize … oh, look: that “evolved” into an unfixable mess … lets “move on” to make a new shiny OS, and leave another bit of debris and more abandoned users in our wake.

    2. Anonymous said on August 22, 2023 at 2:23 am

      This article is about Open Office, which is not connected to Microsoft.

      1. Anonymous said on August 22, 2023 at 6:45 pm

        Open Office is connected to this article about LibreOffice .. unless its about how you shouldn’t use OO..

  3. Anonymous said on February 22, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Good for people who can’t spell This feature could be very annoying.

  4. Matthew Brockway said on February 22, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I will be turning this feature off, when it comes out for Word. I have been typing for decades, and know what I want. Having predictions come up regularly is a real pain and distraction. So I turn them off in email and on my iPhone and iPad.

    1. Jo said on August 9, 2021 at 5:34 pm

      I agree with Matthew B – after the latest Windows update, Word started doing this and it’s incredibly annoying. I can touch-type so I don’t need the predictions – it creates errors and slows me down.

  5. Anonymous said on February 23, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Thanks Martin. The suggestions were annoying and sometimes inappropriate. I told Microsoft about it. I wanted to disable the suggestions and now I have. Good information.

  6. Charlie said on February 23, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    I see the option in Outlook web and it is turned on, but I see no evidence of it actually working as I type a new email.

  7. neil said on February 24, 2021 at 10:25 am

    and fix the issue of search. search has been about the worst thing MS ever did in Outlook & since moving to the title bar has not improved and the fact default searches now are FROM: is bonkers /rant

  8. anonymous said on March 23, 2021 at 12:40 am

    this new feature is sh*t; it’s like a rearview camera (actually, its way worse, but the analogy is coming): the machines are taking over our need for intelligent thought.

    But honestly, MSFT really ought to run focus groups that include people who have ADHD or photosensitive epilepsy. For us, this attempt to help productivity only significantly decreases it.

    (It feels like we are all being treated to a dose of that brainwashing technique you see on the SyFi channel that involves a lot of flashing lights and images)

    the worst part about any of this: that our comments, reactions, suggestions, thoughts… are never actually heard or acknowledged by any of these tech companies who just shove new crap onto our corporate PCs and don’t think twice about end user experience.

    sorry y’all, rant over. for now.

  9. Anonymous said on June 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    I absolutely hate this feature. Thank you so much for the how-to to turn it off. Now that you pointed it out, I will know to check the tiny bar in the left corner, but I spent time I shouldn’t have had to trying to turn this feature off before finding your post.

    I think “features” like this should be opt-in, not opt out, or should be much easier to find to turn off. And I agree with the suggestions above – there are plenty of other issues Microsoft needs to fix before adding “helpers” like this. One that wasn’t mentioned above – terrible grammar in the suggested grammar fixes. As often as they’re right, they’re wrong. And the database programmers need to learn the use of apostrophes…. Thanks for the rant space. :)

  10. anonymous said on June 26, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Thank you for posting this where I could find it and use it after an MS Office update today.

    Sadly, this nonsense is the same thing I see my company implementing and me coding for them: window-dressing trinkets that are this year’s Christmas toys that everyone needs to be told that they want, while data-integrity code defects go un-addressed because no salesperson can make a commission off of us publishing their correction.

    Our society is evolving, and being run by a generation that learned to communicate in broken grammar on their smartphone while nursing a five-second attention span.
    They _want_ the machine to think for them. It is so much easier than thinking for one’s self.

    Abdication of personal responsibility.
    Corporate America is only too willing to step in, for a modest fee and your privacy.
    We aren’t going to get Microsoft or anybody else to stop. There’s far too much money to be made at it.

    As above, thanks for the rant space.
    We will survive this, somehow.

  11. anon said on July 1, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    So, Microsoft wants to use what we type to improve AI while charging me a hefty annual price for Office 365 subscriptions. Then someday AI will tell me what to see, think and do and its happening already. Someone needs to get a hold of the monster and put it back in the pit.

    How will they profit from improving AI?

    Thanks for this article, this behavior started on my machine yesterday no doubt a sneaky effect of an update. It was easy to fix using your instructions, but I suspect Word and Outlook are still “phoning home” everything I type even though the predictive text is shut off.

    They think we’re all stupid. They should be paying us.

  12. Tammi Naumann said on July 7, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you for the resourceful article! I looked for the status bar entry, but I couldn’t find it in the web version of Microsoft Word. What I did find, however, was Editor (between Dictate and Designer) above the opened document, and the option to disable suggested text was in there. Scroll down to Text Predictions and click the item’s “button” to turn this annoying feature off. I think Off should be default. I hate when developers set defaults for items they think I need. Adobe is another company that does that when people want or need to download the free or pro version of its Acrobat PDF Reader. I often tell my students to uncheck the boxes next to the McAfee antivirus and Chrome extension options before downloading the reader because they likely do not need them. I think these options should be unchecked by default. Let the consumers make up their own minds.

  13. Robert Cohn said on July 8, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Thanks so much for telling us how to disable this intrusive feature – predictive text! It’s like having a know-it-all teacher always looking over your shoulder. Very irritating!

    I can appreciate why some people would love this feature, and in some cases it makes sense where time is more critical. But it should not be the default.

  14. Bill said on July 8, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Unfortunately, it seems to me that the programmers job is made simpler when the human conversation is simpler. Predictive text, if used, limits the conversation to a box only as big as a programmers imagination and literary ambition. I know a lot of programmers. Imagination is not their strong suit – no offense to creative programmers intended. Broadly speaking, to predict the manner in which I prefer to speak would require far more resources than they would ever allocate.

    If it were up to me they would go the opposite direction as a software company. I want a far simpler interface with basic editing function and attachments. Anything more than that is a distraction and I can honestly say, totally ignored and certainly a distraction making me wish I wasn’t on outlook.

    In the end, I disable nearly every “improvement” Microsoft offers, and check “metered connection” to prevent it’s downloads from happening in the middle of mastering a single for a customer. Of course that is not supposed to happen but we all know how real life works.

    Ill pay 5x what they are charging if they strip it down to an OS that works as a background product and doesn’t need the internet and isn’t of bloatware. That OS would be pure gold, worth every penny.

  15. Helen said on July 26, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Grateful to have found out how to turn it off. If this is how good AI is supposed to be then we’re in worse trouble than I thought.

  16. Unca Alby said on August 5, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Microsoft, and they’re not the only ones guilty of this, need to stop “giving us nice things” without asking us *FIRST* whether we want it or not.

    I am sick to death of finding some new app running on my machine that I didn’t see before, didn’t ask for, and didn’t authorize. Then I look up on the web and it’s 15 steps to get rid of it. Christ, it wasn’t hardly ANY steps to get it!!

  17. David Scott said on September 25, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    A true annoyance. I couldn’t believe this feature when it appeared and after tolerating it for a few days I did a ‘net search for disabling it. I’m a writer by trade and living, and this is antithetical to creation, whether fiction or non. In my mind, it reflects the whole dumbing down of this generation – it can give someone the appearance of being articulate, only to discover that they are anything but upon first meeting (or interview). Beware.

  18. anon said on November 2, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for the tip on how to turn it off, was the first hit when I looked it up. I’m not really willing to slow down and check what suggestions they offer me as someone who can type 115 wpm ?

  19. JoeF said on November 7, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Predictive text has sprung up on the desktop version and this article does not address that version. There is no “Text Predictions” on the desktop version to turn on or off.

  20. L Harwood said on November 10, 2021 at 2:17 am

    I finally figured out how to turn it back off!! when it starts to add the prediction hover the mouse over the prediction and it will take you to ‘text prediction’ and you can deselect it.

    Why ANYONE would want this is a question that boggles the mind.

  21. L Harwood said on November 10, 2021 at 2:20 am

    It is VERY clear to me that every time the programmers have some lovely little hack they like, they are convinced ALL of us would like them. Not. I’m with what Bill said last July – I would pay a HUGE amount for a version of Word that would just stay the same and do what I want and that doesn’t have a bunch of bells and whistles that aren’t necessary. Please!!!!

  22. Bob Bailey said on November 25, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you!! I looked in vain in the too-full and too-many “Options” screens for a way to turn off this annoyance.

    I wish there was a Notepad-on-caffine mode — not the wannabe one-size-fits-all unstable multimedia-editor-on-crack mode that might change erratically from day to day.

    There are too many bells and whistles in Word. Remember WordPerfect? It behaved like traditional software: Do this until I tell you to do otherwise — and the current settings were visible in an optional “codes” pane. Instead, Word buries formatting, styles and who knows what else in the paragraph marker. If I want to change the format of something, it may presume to change all similar items in both directions in the document. Feh!!!

    Back to your excellent post: thank you for letting know how turn off this unwanted “help” from the presumptuous twenty-somethings at M$.

  23. Bob Bailey said on November 25, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    The status bar toggle removes the annoyance in the current document, but it may be baaaack in a new document.
    There is perhaps a more permanent way to dispose of this annoyance:
    In the “File” menu, choose “Options”
    Then in “Advanced” pane (listed at the left of the options), navigate to the “Editing options” section.
    In that long list of micro-text, uncheck the box “Show text predications while typing.”
    My hope is that this will get rid of “just one of the intrusive PITAs.”
    The navigation above is for Word in Microsoft 365 Apps running on a desktop machine.
    YMMV in other versions, and these instructions may be broken when M$ spews another “upgrade” of the version I am using on this machine.

  24. Chris O'Leary said on January 31, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Just noticed this was turned on, presumably by business IT admin. It’s atrocious, not at all usable, like Google’s is. Instead of accepting my typed words, it refused to allow me to add a space between words as I typed, instead waiting for me to accept or reject the suggested words. So unintuitive it’s not funny. Turned it off immediately.

  25. mcswell said on April 12, 2022 at 1:12 am

    You need to *right* click on the thingy in the status bar; left click brings up the Options dialog, and if this predictive typing thing is on the options dlg, I sure can’t find it. Right click brings up a long, unorganized (afaict) list of options that you can check or un-check, and somewhere in that long list is predictive typing.

    I’m not sure how you’d turn predictive completion back on if you decided you want it, but that’s someone else’s problem.

    Now if they’d only fix automatic number, which has been broken in every version of Word I’ve ever used.

  26. J. Typing Efficiency said on April 10, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    The abruptness of it popping up and diverting my attention from my flow of thoughts is very distracting. I tried it for a short while and quickly decided it was slowing me down, making me stutter in my thoughts, and just generally getting in my way. I type plenty fast on a PC. Now on current phones with screen typing that is slow and prone to typos, yeah, you might want some predictive stuff to survive there. But I still do not want anybody snooping my info, so there is that.

  27. Anonymous said on August 8, 2023 at 11:28 pm

    How are you suppose to read this article when the adds are constantly popping up where I am reading and no matter how many times I knock them down, they return with the same message. Most times with a video that is over what i was reading. I am certain this article was helpful but I will never know because I got fed up with the ads that were trying to pull me away. One just popped up here because I am telling you about it.

  28. Arne Anka said on August 21, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    What’s up with this place? All I can see in the comment sections of new articles are VERY OLD (as in several years) comments.

    1. Arne Anka said on August 21, 2023 at 4:14 pm

      And my comment, posted in one article, is posted in a completly different one…

      1. Anonymous said on August 21, 2023 at 7:16 pm

        Very strange. This is the second time this week where there is a disconnect between the article and its comments!

  29. Anonymous said on August 21, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    I have had LibreOffice 7.6 for over a week. The only fault that I can find is that the help function still does not work in Ubuntu. It tries to find a web page that does not exist. This occurs in both the menu function of help and pressing F1.
    I found this in earlier versions of 7.x, and reported it, but was brushed off.
    I think it works in Windows, but I am not sure.

    1. Anonymous said on August 23, 2023 at 5:08 am

      Did you download and install the separate optional help package, that does not come with the base package ? If not, I wouldn’t wonder.

  30. kalmly said on August 21, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    Interesting. Article about Libre Office, but comments on MS and Word, dating back to sometime in 2021. Who’s in charge here?

  31. Seeprime said on August 21, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    LibreOffice is great. Some of our customers are still using outdated MS Office versions. With there okay, we install it and set the saved file formats to MS, Writer font as Calibri. About 90% still use it years later. The ones that don’t typically require Microsoft 365 for work.

  32. Anonymous said on August 21, 2023 at 11:56 pm

    Notepad2 is all I find myself using these days.

    1. Anonymous said on August 22, 2023 at 11:19 am

      Notepad ? Why don’t you use Vi ? (well or Vim if necessary)
      Notepad as nearly as terrible and unnecessarily feature-bloated as Emacs.

      But if you are truly hardcore, you’d use ed or edlin and nothing else.

      1. Anonymous said on August 23, 2023 at 12:36 pm

        No, not Notepad, Notepad2, which is a completely different application. On top of that Notepad2 is a Windows only application, so mentioning Linux text editors like Vi(m), Emacs, ed and edlin does not really make sense.

  33. Scyld said on August 22, 2023 at 9:06 am

    In the past I didn’t like LibreIffice but after they improved a few things in 7.4 and 7.5 I actually like it and use it. Mostly Writer. In terms of features it is much better than any other software of this kind except MS Office. In terms of customization it seems the best. Guys who prefer minimalism may use OnlyOffice, but work is way more comfortable and productive in LibreOffice. As for questionable improvements, Libre gets them but as long as I can turn new features off I don’t really mind.

  34. John G. said on August 22, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    Comments are broken or something. Oldest is from February 22, 2021. :S

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