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
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It certainly is possible. Now, there are a couple of things that I want you
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
- If that web page is coded so that it tries to do a lot with every
keystroke, that can slow it down.
A faster machine
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.
Clean your browser
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
Try a different browser
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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