Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

When I first signed up with Gmail, I was impressed by how fast I could search through my email. Now even simple single-keyword searches can take 5-10 seconds. Perhaps this is related to having over 70,000 conversations archived - but I don't want to delete them if I can avoid it. Are there any tricks to speeding up search time in Gmail?

share|improve this question

Have you tried searching in another browser/computer? Sometimes clearing cache of the web browser helps this.

share|improve this answer
It's about the same on any computer I try it on, I'm afraid. – bdonlan Jun 30 '10 at 21:46

I find that searching for mails that address directly to me is quicker, since I subscribe to a bunch of mailing lists I normally don't need to search those. In the search field I add a to:me

share|improve this answer

You can use the various search operators to narrow down the search. You'll probably have some idea who the e-mail was from or to, for example.

share|improve this answer

You can try Cloudmagic extension for Google Chrome. It could speed up search in your case.

share|improve this answer
Why would it do that? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jul 2 '13 at 20:04

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.