October 5, 2016

Fix: Google Chrome Slow Scrolling On MacBook

This fix may work on other platforms, but I can only verify that it works on my 2013 MacBook Air running OS X El Capitan (10.11.6).

Is your Google Chrome incredibly slow, especially when trying to scroll through a webpage? I know it is for me! Especially when scrolling through my timeline on Facebook. But it wasn’t always so slow. Three years ago, back when my MacBook was new, Google Chrome was nice and speedy. However, everything else I do on my MacBook seems fine, and in fact, on the rare occasion when I fire up Safari, it seems fine as well. So, what gives?

Turns out a setting one would assume increases performance actually decreases it. Buried in the Advanced settings in Google Chrome, there is a setting called “Use hardware acceleration when available” and you need to disable it.

1. To find this setting, go to the menu in Google Chrome by clicking the three vertical dots (circled in orange).


And then click on Settings.


Type “chrome:settings” in the address bar and hit ENTER.

2. Scroll down to the bottom and click “Show advanced settings…”

3. Uncheck “Use hardware acceleration when available” in the System section.

4. Close all instances of Google Chrome.

Next time you open Chrome, if your results follow mine, things will be much faster.

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