Knowledge base KB0051

An error occurred when displaying the think-cell user interface


The think-cell add-in uses DirectX technology to render the think-cell user interface. Not all graphics adapters and graphics drivers provide full, standardized and bug-free support of DirectX.


To solve the problem, please check the following:

Contact Support

If you performed the steps above and this issue still occurs, please contact our support team. Please describe the steps you have already performed and their results. Additionally, please send us the following files:

  • Please send us the think-cell log files. For this, open PowerPoint and go to Insertthink-cellMore More MenuRequest Support. The log files will be automatically attached to a new email.

    If this does not work, you can find the log files as explained below:

    • Open a new Windows Explorer window and type


      into the address field and press Enter.

    • If you want to browse to these directories but cannot see them, they are probably set to invisible. You can change that in Windows Explorer by checking:

      • Windows Vista and Windows 7:
        OrganizeFolder and search optionsViewShow hidden files and folders.
      • Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10:
        ViewShow/hideHidden Items.
    • Please send all files with the extension .log contained in this folder to our support team. This may be any of the following files: POWERPNT_log.log, EXCEL_log.log, TCMAIL_log.log, TCUPDATE_log.log, TCRUNXL_log.log, PPTTC_log.log, setup_think-cell_xxxxx_log.log.
  • Please create and send us the DxDiag log file:

    1. Open DxDiag: Press Start or the Windows key → type dxdiagEnter
    2. Click the [Save All Information] button. Save this file as DXDIAG.TXT.
    3. Attach the DXDIAG.TXT to your support request.