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