Photoshop: Option to disable live preview of typeface (font)

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I know this was a feature requested and implemented some years back: where hovering over a typeface option in the top menu bar while having selected text results in the text previewing live in that font.

I'm on a laptop that isn't even old... its GPU could be a lot better but it is running at least an i7-6600U. This live preview behavior causes Photoshop to DRAG while hovering over the different font selections (whether intentional or unintentional).

I can't seem to find an option in the settings to turn this behavior off. Is there a flag that can be used in the PSUserConfig text file?
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Chris James

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David, Official Rep

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Howdy Chris,

There's actually not any flag to disable this behavior and you're right, this was added to give users a more robust experience.

Now, at the same time, what you're seeing shouldn't even be possible -- text shouldn't move when the font dropdown is open.

It sounds like there might be something else causing your machine problems.  What kind of pointing device are you using?  Have you checked the drivers for it?  Are you on Win10?  What other apps do you have running?  I'm asking all these questions because it sounds like your system might be receiving erroneous input, causing PS to misbehave.  Let's see if we can fix this for you, ok?

Thanks,
David
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Chris James

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Haha, okay. Bad word choice! I'll be more literal to prevent confusion.

I mean to say the performance of the software drags -- it's extremely laggy.

In my case, I'm dealing with swapping missing Helvetica fonts in a document created on a Mac machine to Arial (I am indeed on Windows 10). It takes about half a second to a full second for a live font to render. I'd rather just turn this behavior off as I don't need to see a preview of what the font will look like: I know exactly what I want in advance, and the live previews only slow my workflow down.

(and yes, I am aware of "resolve missing fonts", but it seems buggy as it sometimes puts Myriad Pro in when I'm trying to get it to swap from Helvetica to Arial).