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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?

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

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

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

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Why would it do that? –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jul 2 '13 at 20:04
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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.

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