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Make Gmail Faster

Friday, December 15th, 2006 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Make Gmail Faster

Is your Gmail running slow? You love it, but at the same time, you hate it when it takes ages to load up your Inbox. Or maybe it keeps getting stuck at the loading screen and sometimes gives you an error message. Gmail is no doubt an excellent service from Google, however, for people with a slow connection, it isn’t such a fabulous feature, as all the Java scripts that Google has embedded in Gmail slows it down quite a bit. Sometimes it feels like it takes forever to open up. Hence, today I am going to discuss a few tips to make Gmail a bit faster than normal and what to do if it gets stuck before it loads.

Let’s start with your Gmail settings.

Gmail, by default, shows 50 conversations on a single page. To make your Gmail load faster, you can set the number of conversations (e-mails) to the lowest number possible, which is 25. The fewer the conversations displayed, the faster it will open up. To do this, click on the Settings link and you will see the option under the General tab.

Gmail has a feature called Web Clips under the Settings link as well. Web Clips displays news headlines from different Web sites right on top of your Inbox. To make Gmail faster, you can disable them too. By doing this, Gmail doesn’t have to go fetch headlines from another Web site and feed it back into your Inbox, which cuts down on some of that extra loading time. To do this, again go to Settings and simply uncheck the box that says, “Show my Web Clips above the Inbox,” which is located under the Web Clips tab.

To load up Gmail really quick, try using a different URL. Instead of using the common, use the direct secure URL of Bookmark this address in your Favorites list so that you don’t forget it. This direct link works much faster than the other.

If you don’t mind getting rid of the swanky cool look of Gmail in return for making it faster, you can also use the HTML link to open your Inbox. Again, instead of using, use You will be surprised at how lightening fast this method can be. This is also useful for people who experience browser crashes when trying to access Gmail in the normal mode or for people whose Gmail gets stuck at the loading stage. The trick is to access Gmail using the above link in the HTML mode and if you want to go back to the regular mode at another time, you can switch back once you have logged in via the HTML mode.

Also, if you like your Gmail even easier to use without all the decoration and the Google ads, use the Gmail mobile version, which you can access by going here. This link also loads up in a jiffy, however, the interface is down to the bare minimum, without all of the bells and whistles. But, if you can handle that, you’ll speed up your Gmail quite a bit.

Every time you log into Gmail, it performs a browser check to figure out what kind of a browser you are using and how Gmail should adapt to it. You can bypass this browser check by using the link to access your e-mail. This not only lessens the time that Gmail takes to open, but it also provides a way for people who are using non-supported browsers to use Gmail. For instance, if you’re using an older browser like Internet Explorer 5, it is not supported by Gmail.

Lastly, something that all of us should do regularly is clearing up the browser cache, the cookies and the temporary Internet files. For people who browse a lot, these things can grow in numbers rather quickly. Depending on how much you browse everyday, do remember to clear your cache, Internet files and cookies for all the browsers that you use. This will not only speed up your Gmail, but your Internet surfing experience as a whole as well. Also, not to forget, it frees up valuable hard disk space. These seem like just a handful of simple things to do, but I assure you the performance enhancements you’ll see will be more than you ever expected!

~ Yogesh Bakshi

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