Fixing Chrome/Chromium address bar slowness

Josh Sherman
1 min read
Productivity Google

I’ve been back on Chrome (by way of Chromium) since earlier this year and recently, I started to experience some extreme slowness when attempting to type in the address bar.

This slowness was enough for me to file this post in the “productivity” category, as it was enough for me to be able to feel the lag. I got shit to do, so waiting around for my browser to start showing my keystrokes in the address bar was completely unacceptable.

Incidentally, I’ve switched browsers for less, but as I’m committed to having a consistent browser across Linux, macOS and Android, I had to figure out what the heck was going on to cause this slowness.

My gut said that the slowness was probably stemming from the auto-fill capabilities. I don’t clear much from my browser unless I’m having some issues, so after 6+ months, these history caches were pretty full.

When I had checked, my “browsing history” had over 20,000 items. Upon cleaning that out, my browser immediately went back to being snappy and responsive.

To clear your browsing history, you can go here:

chrome://settings/clearBrowserData

Then click on “Advanced” to see how many items you have.

By default, “Browsing history” is selected with a handful of other things. You can get away with only clearing the “Browsing history” (which is what I did) or just roll with the defaults to clean up some other things as well.

If this doesn’t fix things up for you, I’d probably blame a rogue extension and troubleshoot from there :P

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