Libre office writer is really slow

Going to Tools > Options > Libreoffice Writer > View and disablying “smooth scroll” made Libreoffice runs much faster for me.

did nothing form me libreoffice 6.3.6.2 Linux.

This worked for LO 7.0.3 on MX Linux (Debian), Thanks.

To address one of the prevalent issues, here… Since LO 5, I have invariably had trouble with dragging and dropping multi-lines of text within the same document - it would just hang before reaching the target. Today, I discovered that doing this makes it function perfectly again:
go to

Tools > Options > Libreoffice Writer > View  

and uncheck ‘smooth scroll’

It fixes that issue entirely. For the first time in three years, drag & drop works correctly; and I believe the scrolling is now ‘smoother’ as well. Go figure…

Same problem but running CentOS 7. If I scroll my document the display of the pages lags by seconds. I have not seen minutes delay but it’s unworkable.

Version: 5.3.4.2
Build ID: f82d347ccc0be322489bf7da61d7e4ad13fe2ff3
CPU Threads: 8; OS Version: Linux 3.10; UI Render: default; VCL: gtk2; Layout Engine: new;
Locale: en-US (C); Calc: group

The previous version was OK:

Version: 5.2.4.2
Build ID: 3d5603e1122f0f102b62521720ab13a38a4e0eb0
CPU Threads: 8; OS Version: Linux 3.10; UI Render: default; VCL: gtk2;
Locale: en-US (C); Calc: group

So my workaround is to stay with 5.2.4.2.

This sounds similar to what I have documented here. I’ve seen various work arounds posted, but none have worked for me.

I’ve had the same problem. But it also happened with V 5.2.4.2.

This worked for me. If you do a custom install instead of the typical try uninstalling then reinstall using the typical option. That may clear it up. If not everything i did was uninstalled x64 custom install; installed x86 typical install; uninstalled; installed x64 typical. Was like night and day in performance. Seems either something doesn’t get installed or the ui is looking for something in the languages i had unchecked for a leaner install.

I guess that you simply moved to newer version in the process, which gave you the huge performance gain due to fixes included.

No. Had issue on latest version also. I was doing custom install and removing non-English(US) dictionaries and UI languages. I uninstalled thinking maybe it was x64 version only, and installed x86 with typical option and all performance issues went away. Scrolling is now good and I don’t have to wait 2 seconds any more for submenus to appear after selecting an item on the menu bar. I uninstalled x86 and re-installed x64 using typical and it is still good. I had this issue for quite few ver now.

No. Had issue on latest version also. I was doing custom install and removing non-English(US) dictionaries and UI languages. I uninstalled thinking maybe it was x64 version only, and installed x86 with typical option and all performance issues went away. Scrolling is now good and I don’t have to wait 2 seconds any more for submenus to appear after selecting an item on the menu bar. I uninstalled x86 and re-installed x64 using typical and it is still good. I had this issue for quite few ver now.

I had a fresh install and the lag was terrible. I just did this: uninstalled and reinstalled using Typical settings. Problem solved!! Thanks

I VE just upgraded to debian 10 libreoffice 6.?. With gnome its very slow. I have to wait for a minute b4 the doc start responding. However, if I change the desktop to xfce, lbreoffice is very fast. Any hint to improve?

I have same problem old 5.n version was 10 times faster and new UI sucks. wish I could revert to old UI. new font color picker also sucks. you. have to remember the dam Shad of color. Also new photo alignment down menu icons? What the hell to they mean. What the hint tells me is meaningless. All in all IMHO the new UI sucks. WPS product is better

Win 10 Pro, v1809 (build 17763.678)

LO 6.2, 6.3.x

Editing styles was painful – taking 1-2 min. to lad the window – until I changed my default printer (networked, IPP) to a local PDF printer. Now it works like a charm!

That looks like a bug (performance issue) with a good repro scenario - would you please file it?

The printers have NOTHING to do with editing. You must have done something else without knowing.

Just disabling openGL worked for me, now the writer is working quite fast. Thanks manipot.

i can not find openGL option in my libreoffice options

rewrite in Assembler