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Slow Chrome? Try Toggling Auto-Complete

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You probably know the feeling. Sometimes more often than not you begin doing whatever it is you do on the internet and instantly it seems that every search field and text box in Google Chrome randomly pauses for a second or two every couple minutes.

Maybe it's happening to you right now: The display shows the first few letters of the word you are typing, and then stops, but ends up catching up. Sometimes the pauses can be longer and more frequent. Sometimes the only thing that works is toggling one or more of Chrome's predictive settings.

Although this is annoying when it occurs, it certainly is understandable. There is a lot of computing power needed for Google to receive, process, and send your live search string data so it can provide a list of suggestions that is both accurate and timely. When a website is doing this for hundreds of millions of people at once, it's amazing to think it can pull this feat off at all.

Fortunately, you can turn off up to three settings that use Google's predictive engine. If you need to turn auto-complete back on in Google Chrome, the steps below are for you, too.

Toggle Predictive Settings

1. At the top-right of the window, click the 3 stacked dots, then click Settings.

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Advanced.

3. Disable the second setting, as shown.

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4. Now try to browse again and see if you fixed it. Generally, this is the only setting you need to disable.

5. If your browser is still laggy, try turning off one or more of the other predictive settings. All three are shown disabled here.

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Google's support page does a great job of describing each of these settings. Learn more here: https://support.google.com/chrome/?p=settings_privacy

A Note About Chrome and Settings

Google Chrome saves changes to settings automatically as you make them. Many interfaces require you to click "OK" before changes take effect. Not in Chrome. This is important to understand if you are looking for a save button of some sort. There isn't one. We hope you found this resource helpful. Thanks for stopping by!

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