David Kirkpatrick

February 5, 2010

Google Chrome 4.0 running slow?

Filed under: et.al., Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:52 am

After Google recently released the stable 4.0 version of Chrome I noticed a ridiculous amount of lag at times — scrolling was slowed to a crawl and typing into any text boxes (including creating blog posts in WordPress) was torture. The typed text was entering at something like a character per second or so. Just unacceptable.

The fix for me — at least so far so good — was pretty simple. I just cleared the browser cache. If your Chrome browser installation is feeling sluggish, I’d try this before doing anything else too drastic.

(Note: updated 7-2-10, the steps below apply to Chrome 5.0, update 9/11/10, same steps apply to Chrome 6.0. They still hold true for v.7.)

  • Click on the wrench (top right of browser window) and choose “options”
  • Click on “Under the Hood” (the right tab)
  • Click on “Clear Browsing Data”
  • From there you have a checklist of things you can delete — Clear Browsing History, Clear Download History, Empty the Cache, etc. — I unchecked everything but “Empty the Cache” and in the “Clear data from this period:” action menu I chose “Everything.”

Simple and has worked wonders. Chrome is back to its speedy browsing self again.


  1. Google Chrome the best browser
    Thank you

    Comment by صفر واحد — March 16, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

  2. this is rubbish way, i don’t want to loose all my passwords and history. there must be another way

    Comment by charlotte — June 12, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

  3. Charlotte,

    If you follow these instructions, you aren’t losing your passwords (cookies) or history, just simply your browsing cache (most of your temporary internet files.)

    Comment by David Kirkpatrick — July 7, 2011 @ 7:40 am

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