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.

  • It's about the same on any computer I try it on, I'm afraid.
    – bdonlan
    Commented Jun 30, 2010 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


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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