Excel 2013 32-bit Performance Articles Released

After you upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013, you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • The computer uses more memory when you open multiple Microsoft Excel 2013 files, save Excel files, or make calculations in Excel workbooks.
  • You can no longer open as many Excel workbooks in the same instance as you could before you upgraded to Excel 2013.
  • When you insert columns in an Excel workbook, you receive an error about available memory.

When you are working with an Excel worksheet, you receive the following error message:

There isn't enough memory to complete this action.
Try using less data or closing other applications.
To increase memory availability, consider:
- Using a 64-bit version of Microsoft Excel.
- Adding memory to your device

We just released the two articles that describes the performance issues and provides some workarounds to try in your Excel files.


KB 3066990: Memory usage in the 32-bit edition of Excel 2013

KB 3070372: How to clean up an Excel 2013 workbooks so that it uses less memory


Comments (2)
  1. Joseph says:

    “KB 3070372: How to clean up an Excel 2013 workbooks so that it uses less memory” link is not working as expected. It redirects you to another place that has nothing to do. Please fix it.

    1. Thank you for reporting this. I’ve updated the link.

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