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How to Fix Common MS Outlook Display Issues?

The display issues and their solutions discussed in this article applies to all of the MS Office Programs including MS Outlook. Some of the most common display issues are listed below:

  • Outlook seems blurry
  • Constant flickering and flashes
  • Gray scaling of Outlook
  • The displayed text appears to be non-uniform or illegible
  • Constant crashing of Outlook
  • The performance of Outlook is not up to the mark (glitches, freezing and error codes)
  • Add-ons (such as Skype for Outlook) not working well

Common Causes

If you are also facing any of the above symptoms, then it might be the case that a video configuration on your system is incompatible with the Office feature that is responsible for displaying applications and animations in the application. Office 2013 and later versions are more efficient in comparison to the older Outlook versions as they rely heavily on hardware acceleration, which is managed through the operating system.

Note: Video card-based hardware acceleration is always disabled when Office is running in a remote desktop session and when the application is started in safe mode.

Methods to Fix Common Outlook Display Issues

Here, we will be discussing a few manual methods to fix the common display issues. Following are the methods that one should try:

Method 1: Text Display Issues in Outlook

Step #1

The resolution depends upon the version of Windows that you are using and the Display settings. If you are experiencing issues like the poorly displayed text in Outlook, try the following:

  1. In Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and 8; in the search box search for ClearType.
  2. Now, select Adjust ClearType Text.
  3. In the ClearType Text Tuner, check the Turn on ClearType box and hit Next.
  4. Tune your monitor by selecting the example texts that appear sharper and more appealing and hit Next.
  5. Hit Finish once you have successfully tuned the text.

If you are still facing any issues, go to the next step.

Step #2

Updating the drives might help you to get past this issue. So, depending on your Windows version do as follows:

For Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8

  1. On the Start menu, click Settings.
  2. Click on Change PC Settings.
  3. Now in the PC Settings, hit Windows Update.
  4. Next, click on Check for Updates now.
  5. If you see any available updates, then click on the driver that you want to install and click Install.

For Windows 7

  1. Click on Start
  2. In Search programs and files, enter the text Windows Update.
  3. In the search results, click on Check for Updates.
  4. If you see any available updates, then click the driver that you want to install and hit Install.

Method 2: Change the view

One can also try changing the view in Outlook:

  1. Go to the View tab in the Outlook ribbon.
  2. Click on Change View.
  3. From the drop-down, choose from the various preview formats.

Method 3: Enabling the Hardware Acceleration

In most of the Office programs hardware acceleration in automatically disabled by default. In order to enable or evaluate the status, see the steps below:

  1. Go to the File > Options.
  2. Now, click on the Advanced from the left pane and make sure that under the Display section Disable hardware graphics acceleration is unchecked and hit OK.

Method 4: Advanced PST Repair Tools

Apart from display issues, there are many other issues Outlook users face frequently. One of them is PST file corruption and errors.

In these tough times, one can only rely on trustworthy Outlook PST repair tools such as Kernel for Outlook PST Repair. This tool is highly effective in dealing with PST file corruption. Additionally, it has a lot of features that one can use to export the repaired PST files. The Search feature allows searching for the PST files in a drive. It can also save recovered PST items to DBX, MBOX, MSG, EML, TXT, RTF, HTML, and MHTML formats.

After launching the tool, one can see that the user interface looks clean and refreshing.


A display issue in Outlook can become problematic and annoying as it degrades the user experience. In this blog post we have discussed the symptoms, common causes and the manual methods to fix these display issues. Similarly, users may face PST errors also in Outlook. It is a well-known fact that unexpected Outlook shutdown or application termination can lead to PST file corruption. In such scenarios one can rely on a tested and trustworthy tool such as Kernel for Outlook PST Repair.

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