Speeding up accessing Safari’s URL bar on El Capitan

Tonight, my friends, I have found what I believe to be a fix to interacting with the URL bar in Safari

I am a recent convert to using Safari for my day to day browsing and web development.

After learning some of it’s foibles I am now content to say it is a fine browser and I like that it works natively with my chosen operating systems on laptop and mobile.

One thing that bothered me which appeared to get worse when I upgrade to El Capitan was that often when I would click into the URL bar (or cmd + L into it) there would be a noticeable lag of maybe up to 2 seconds before I could type into it.

Other people have mentioned this as well.

Tonight, my friends, I have found what I believe to be a fix. Since making the change my URL bar has been fast as lightening!

In the Safari Preferences (cmd + ,) go to Search and deselect everything. Chances are you don’t want half of the stuff anyway and you can still search your search engine of choice.

Speed up Safari Settings

I am guessing the lagginess is caused by Safari doing a “quick” round trip to the various services offered by those checkboxes.

Hopefully this helps you as much as it has helped me!

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