I use Google Docs a lot. Instead of loading my laptop with Microsoft Office, a cloud-based Google Docs is literally one of the best choices I made ever since I started fondling with words to earn a living. However, just recently when I returned from a vacation although I used Google Docs on my Android smartphone, the Google Docs on my laptop was acting weird. Every time I open any docs file, it would open quickly. However, when I started typing anything, it took almost 2 to 3 seconds for words to appear on the screen. I found out that this is indeed a common issue and has plenty of material on Google to refer and rectify.
Since I use Google Docs for all-around operations like typing new content, saving notes and using it across different devices since it only takes a Google account to sync the content saved on Google Docs on any one device to appear on other which is why I started using it in the first place. Anyways, when I search the web, I found out that this is a common issue and many people have been asking the same question on many forums.
Google Docs May Get Slow If…
I use Google Docs to type everything throughout the day before I can finalize the content which means it could be more than 20 pages or so but I never faced any lag unlike recently. I did some digging and found out that docs with upwards of 40 pages may encounter a bit of lag although it might not be for all since I have run doc files of over 200 to 300 pages and although it takes a bit to load at first, once it is loaded, the lag is indistinguishable.
Note that hardware or software or even the internet speed might not affect the latency although you might face lag using a really old file which might have gone corrupted or an old computer, in case, that might have sparked the issue at the first place.
How to Fix “Google Docs has become slow on Windows” problem?
Apparently, this troubleshooting guide is limited to Windows users only and that too who are using Google Chrome although give it a try on other web browsers to see if it makes any difference.
Step 01: Open Google Chrome app on your laptop/PC.
Step 02: Click on three vertical dots on the bookmark bar to open a drop-down list and select ‘Settings’.
Step 03: Scroll to the end of the page and tap on ‘Advanced’.
Step 04: Scroll to find ‘Clear Browsing Data’ and click on it.
Step 05: You need to tick off ‘Cached Images and files’ and ‘Cookies and other site data’ but as an advice, tick off ‘Browsing history’ as well.
Step 06: After selecting what you want to delete, click on ‘Clear Data’ and give the browser a minute or two depending upon the accumulated data to clear it.
Step 07: Close Google Chrome and relaunch it and check if the Google Docs work properly or not.
Removing any add-ons like Grammarly extension for Google Docs can also reduce the lag as I have tried it and it works.