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Typing in Yahoo! Mail could be slowed down by interference from your browser. Hopefully, you can speed it up without upgrading the entire computer!
I'm XP Home edition user with IE8. I'm not the fastest typist in the world, but Yahoo! is definitely the slowest to respond to my keystrokes and is sometimes lagging by between 3 to 5 seconds before displaying my text. Many times, it misses one or two letters consecutively. Why is this please? Going back over five years on Google on Yahoo searches, I found there to be a conspiracy of silence on this problem. The usual answers regarding speeding up one's computer are always given and nothing else. As all respondents state that this only happens using Yahoo!, it cannot be for the reasons given by the so-called experts. I should add in fairness that one Google Mail user did make a similar complaint. Can this have anything to do with the fact that if I leave Yahoo! up for an hour or so, I often come back to a frozen screen which can only be resolved by resetting it at the tower.
In this excerpt from Answercast #48, I look at some possible reasons that typing in Yahoo! Mail seems slow.
It certainly is possible. Now, there are a couple of things that I want you to try.
The issue here is that - when you are typing in to your browser everything in the browser has an opportunity to act on it, including the web page itself.
Now, that may seem kind of silly, but what it means is that the web page (the Yahoo! email web page in this case) can be trying to do something with every keystroke.
That's the scenario where, yes, getting a faster machine will make it run faster. That's probably why that's such a common response.
More commonly or more often, there's something else that's interfering:
A program that's running;
Or something else that's also slowing down your machine in some respect.
Now, since you're seeing this only with Yahoo and you're not seeing this with other web pages that you're visiting, that leads me to believe that there is something specific about the way Yahoo has engineered their email web pages; the web pages that you use to read and compose your email.
I would start by turning off extensions. I have an article on How to turn off browser extensions, or browser add-ons that I'll point you at.
That is probably the most significant issue. Many times, browser extensions (like I was describing earlier) will try to do something every time you type a character, for whatever their extension's purposes might be.
Getting those out of the way will at least eliminate those as a possibility.
The other thing I'm going to have you try is to use a different browser. Grab a copy of either Firefox or Chrome, download those, and see if you have the same problem.
I'm expecting that you won't for either of two reasons:
Either, the extensions are, in fact, causing the problem and by downloading a new browser, you don't have those extensions installed in that browser yet.
Or there's just something about the way the Yahoo! page is crafted that happens to perform very poorly under Internet Explorer as compared to one of the other browsers.
So, those are the two directions I'm going to send you off in:
One, start by disabling browser add-ons or extensions;
Two, download and try a different browser to see if it behaves the same
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