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DBML Visualizer VERY Slow - solved!

3/29/2017 8:15:00 PM -- Ted Krapf

Greetings fellow coders!

I've had this super annoying recurring issue with Visual Studio (2010, 2013, not sure about 2017 yet as I haven't started using it on a daily basis yet), the DBML visualizer, and Windows 10 --- the DBML visualizer is just dog slow and frustrating to work with.

After some snooping around and looking through task manager, I realized that tabtip.exe was interfering with Visual Studio's DBML editor.

To test out my theory, I simply killed tabtip.exe from Task Manager.  The second it was turned off, the DBML visualizer was buttery smooth again.

tabtip.exe is the Windows Service for Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service.  Since I don't use a touch screen or the handwriting service, I opted to just permanently disabled it.  To do this, simply:

  1. Click: Start
  2. Type: services.msc
  3. Press: Enter
  4. Scroll down to: Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service
  5. Right Click: select Properties
  6. Change the Startup Type to: Disabled
  7. Click: OK

Now your DBML visualizer in Visual Studio should remain fast and smooth!

Happy coding!

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