Why is Gmail so slow now? Is it my inbox being quite full? Or a lot of unread emails? Or just the application itself?

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I don't recall Gmail being this slow previously. But in recent months the application has gotten slow. Very slow. Slow to open emails. Slow to redraw the Inbox. etc.
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Amy Muller

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I've definitely experienced that in the past but it's been fine lately. So i don't think it's a Gmail-wide thing. Is anything else on your computer slower than normal?
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Turning off the chat speeds Gmail up quite a bit. Either you don't use in which case it's totally a waste of time for you to wait for it to load, or you use it enough that you're better off downloading Google Talk or Pidgin or another instant messaging client. At the bottom of the page, change Gmail view to "standard without chat".
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i don't know what's going on but i've noticed significant slowdown in the last 3 weeks. everything else i do on the internet is lickity split. gmail loading address contacts and sending email is generally slowed down a lot, but at some points has taken over 5 minutes. what the hell is going on?
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Ted Grubb

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Gmail is as fasts as it's ever been for me. (it's never been really fast for me)
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That's odd that you say that. Gmail always responded in a relatively "normal" way, however in the past few weeks, I can't even scroll without a 3-4 second delay. Hover over a link and the "little hand" takes like 4-5 seconds to appear and that lond at least to go to the next action. I did turn off Buzz and Chat and it helped but it's still slower than it was before.
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I have the same problem. My internet opens fine, but when I just want to open Gmail, without going on the internet first, it takes forever.
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Thomas Korte

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Google announced a new gmail software architecture at the 2007 analyst day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQGNiU... (minute 35).
The new architecture makes is REALLY REALLY fast. I am using it already and it is near real time.
So, just hang in ...
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Thomas Korte

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you're likely experiencing a problem with your browser cache:

https://mail.google.com/support/bin/a...
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Ted Grubb

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This came up today when I logged into gmail

Gmail - Inbox (2) - tedgrubb@gmail.com
Uploaded with Skitch!

So if you are running firebug you can turn it off for mail.google.com
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I signed in today and I'm on the newer version of Gmail now and it does seem to be faster. It looks like some relief is in sight.
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lauratitian

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It was FIREBUG. That was it, the notice in my Gmail a few days ago clued me in. Thanks Ted, and everyone else.
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Amy Muller

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Glad you resolved it! I deactivated Firebug as well.
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lauratitian

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You don't actually have to disable Firebug, but follow Google's instructions, so you can still use Firebug!
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satheesh

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Yes u can disable firebug for Gmail..
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Eunique

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Dear all, I do not have the Firebug installed in my Firefox browser, and my Gmail has been gazillions times slower than usual, can someone pls offer another explanation and better yet, a solution?

GMAIL, HELP! WE NEED SPEED!!! (or else I can go back to hotmail or yahoo, because seriously, they are much faster than what my gmail is right now..)

aggh >.<
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Yeah, I do not have Firebug either and in the recent months, I can not get my mail without trying more than once. I keep getting this white circle with a gray triangle inside it, with an exclamation point inside the triangle. I am very frustrated.
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I am also a mac user and lately my emails have been very slow as well. very frustrating Milton
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Amy Muller

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I've heard the new Gmail is pretty buggy so that could be the problem you're having. There will probably some road bumps as they work out the kinks.
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The new version is slooooow.
The old version is same-ol-same-old!

Solution: Go back to the old version that was active in October 2007 for all gmail accounts ...
For now, you can edit an **account setting** to switch between versions.

It is easier than it sounds.

1) login and goto settings.

2) change your "language" to something other than English (US). (try English (UK) it works fine.)

3) enjoy the old version of gmail, or switch back by reversing your setting changes.

NOTE: I don't know if there is any substantial difference between English US and English UK, but I have not noticed a single difference.

Of course, Google could force an update on those other languages andwe are back to where we started, but for now ... I like! High-five!
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Hi, Yeah I have had the same things happen to me Gmail loaded so slow I almost went to yahoo but I was looking at it, Thinking of a way to fix it and, All you have to do is switch back to the older version you can find the link to change it back at the top of the page on the right hand corner it looks like this.

whatever@gmail.com | Settings | Older Version | Help | Sign out

I just clicked that and every thing is as fast as ever I never even knew that they came up with a new version but what ever, Any way try it and tell me if it works for you

-Nathaniel
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Thank you! I was going mad having to type every email letter by letter with a 2-second gap. This has cured it immediately
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Gmail has been flat out crashing my browser. FF 2.0.0.9

I just deleted several greasemonkey scripts, and updated a couple that have been re-worked for the new gmail app. We'll see if it helps...
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I've been trying to get into gmail too and whenever I want to get into inbox, it's slow...I don't have firebug and my McAfee Site Advisor is deactivated but it is still slow. I got rid of the chat thing but it's still slow.
It's been like this for well over a month now. Before I could start looking at my messages but now it freezes up the IE or Firefox browsers and waits for a good five minutes before it starts up and it's slow even then. I think there are too many people on Google's servers.

Well folks, I'm going back to my Yahoo/Sbcglobal email account.
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ummm wutss firebugg ?? how can i find itt on my computerr ? can someone please help me out ? my gmail has been really slow lately and google talk keeps disconnecting even though it used 2 be perfect a couple of weeks ago . do you have any idea what might have caused it ?
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my gmail has been really slow . it takes forever to open an email . and my google talk has been disconnecting alot lately . can someone please tell me what the problem might be & how i could fix it ? i'd really appreciate it .
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People, brace your self . . . . I get the same problem with IE, it is not your browsers, I think that it has something to do with the way that gmail is dynamically adding disk space and the files (html code) that make up your in-box, is always in a constant change thus if your browser is on that page, it will try to interact with a interface that is not their or in change, this is what causing the gmail crashes.
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ive been using gmail for years now, AND as my primary email account.. i have also set up google apps for use with my domain name.. so all the users on my domain are using a customized version of Gmail as well...

lately its been extremely slow.. so i took the advice of GraceHead (changing the default language to English UK) and it seems to have remedied the problem.. the new version of the Gmail UI is horribly slow. Not to mention you can't delete all contacts at once.. some upgrade indeed.
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I NEED TO GET RID OF G-MAIL