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Fix Screen flickering in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

In this post, I'm going to show you how to fix screen flickering in Microsoft Word. Microsoft word black screen glitch is very common in low-end PCs.

Fix screen flickering issue in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

In this post, I'm going to show you how to fix screen flickering in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint black screen flickering glitch is very common in low-end PCs.

Here is the short story on how I faced the MS word screen flickering issue.

I wanted to edit some documents in Ms word, so I opened Microsoft Word.

It was working fine for the first 5-10 minutes.

But suddenly black screen flickering issue in Microsoft Word started out of nowhere.

At that time, I realized that ms word flashes black when typing.

I was really frustrated with this problem.

I couldn't focus at all because of Microsoft word black bars flashing all the time.

Microsoft word screen goes black when scrolling and Microsoft word glitching black when typing is the real irritation for most of the users.

I even restarted my PC 3 to 4 times.

But it didn't help at all. Still, that ms word was flickering black all the time.

I thought it's just an MS word screen flickering. I was just curious about other programs as well.

So I checked if it's happening with all the MS programs.

And yes, it was happening with all of those MS office programs.

I was so frustrated with the screen flickering issue in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

So I searched on youtube for the solution and shockingly there was not a single video regarding this issue.

Yes, you heard me right, there wasn't any video to fix black screen flickering in Ms word.

So I searched on Microsoft forums and other websites.

And to be honest, I really didn't find anything helpful on these sites at all.

I scrolled to the bottom of all the forums and finally found something that fixed my problem within a minute.

So let's see how to fix screen flickering problem in Ms word with step by step guide.

Why causes screen flickering issues in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint?

Actually, there is no specific reason because there are multiple reasons.

And what's the worst part is that you will never know what is the exact cause.

Microsoft word black screen glitch is not related to only one specific component.

It could be a system error or monitor screen error or any hardware error or something else, who knows.

Because it's windows and windows won't tell you anything specific.

It's really annoying and frustrating at the same time.

Here are possible causes of Ms word flickering black:

  • corrupted GPU driver
  • fault in Microsoft Office
  • hardware issues
  • monitor screen issues
  • corrupted Microsoft word files
  • incompatible program issues
  • malicious programs
  • unknown error

As I said earlier, there is no specific reason why screen flickering happens while using Ms word.

But the methods that I'm going to show you right now are going to fix your problem definitely without having to worry about these causes at all.

So let's see actual methods and steps on how to fix ms word screen flickering in windows 10.


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Anyway, there are lots of searches regarding this ms office flickering issue.

Forget about that, let's how to fix screen flickering issue in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Methods to fix screen flickering in MS word

1. Update GPU and Monitor drivers

This is the most common fix for any screen flickering problem in any PC.

You just need to update your graphics and monitor drivers.

You can update your graphics drivers using three methods: through windows updates, from device manager, exclusive driver update tool(Nvidia / AMD)

But I'll show you using device manager so that you can update GPU and monitor drivers both at once.

1. Open search box and type device manager and open it

2. Now go to display adapters and expand that

3. Right-click on your GPU driver and then update it.

4. Now go to monitors and expand that

5. Right-click on the monitor driver and update it.

Now just restart your PC and you're good to go.

Your problem should be fixed now.

If you see a Microsoft display adapter issue then read this article: Fix Microsoft display adapter.

If it's not working then go to the next method.

2. Disable Hardware acceleration

Video tutorial:
fix screen flickering in MS Word

This is the method that worked for me after searching for almost two hours.

This will definitely fix your screen flickering in Ms word.

The success rate for this method is 99% because there is a 1% chance that there could be malicious programs altering the MS office.

But don't worry if you haven't done anything wrong with your PC.

Your problem will be fixed 100% by using this method.

These are the steps to disable hardware acceleration:

1. Open MS word 

2. Go to the top left corner and click on the File

3. Go to Options

4. Go to Advanced 

5. Scroll down till you see Display Section

6. Search for Disable Hardware Acceleration 

7. Now tick/ check that option

8. Click Ok 

9. Restart MS word

10. Done!

This will definitely fix your problem.

Because this will disable hardware access and run using software mode.

This is the only method that worked for me so it will fix your MS word too.

3. Repair MS office

This method will repair the MS office files and services automatically.

You don't need to do anything special in order to repair and fix it.

You just need to click on repair and it will start repairing everything related to the MS office.


1. Go to Control Panel

2. In the search box, type Uninstall a program and open it

3. Search for the MS office

4. Rightclick on that and select change

5. Now you will see few options, you need to select Repair and Continue

That's it, you need to wait till the process completes on its own.

It will auto repair all the services and files related to the MS office that are causing problems and errors.

4. Troubleshoot

This will make your MS office compatible with your current windows settings and configuration to run it properly.

In short, it will try to fix problems of your MS office without repairing it.

I'm not going to show you in this post.

Because Microsoft has already written a dedicated post regarding this method.

You can read all the steps and solutions to fix your MS word problems.

And it is from Microsoft itself so don't worry about anything.

5. Scan for System errors and Malicious programs

If any system failure is causing this issue or any virus or malware doing this bad behavior with your MS office, you need to scan and fix them.

You can do both system and virus scans without any third-party software.

Windows 10 already has those tools.

If you want to know about how to fix system errors that are causing problems in your programs while using them, you can read this post.

Fix corrupted system files

These are separate posts you can read to fix system errors and perform a virus scan.

If any program or system file is causing screen flickering in Microsoft word, it will be fixed automatically.


Screen flickering in MS office causes black bars flashing in MS word all the time.

But we can fix it using the above methods easily without uninstalling anything.

In fact, you will be able to fix ms word flickering black bars using the first two methods.

And the most effective one is method no.2 because it disables the hardware acceleration and tunes the ms word using the software mode.

So don't worry about this annoying and irritating problem of black bars flashing while using MS word or you can say screen flickering issue in Microsoft word.

You can fix it easily.