[Solved] Dropbox Paper is extremely slow with large documents

If your Dropbox Paper text document is extremely slow to respond to input, it could be due to a browser plug-in.

I've been annoyed with Dropbox Paper over the last few days because a shared document with a few hundred lines of text got so slow that I could write a sentence and then watch the document as the letters gradually appear . Working this way is really no fun.

Unfortunately, my research in English-language forums did not unearth anything helpful. There are some other people who also struggle with these delays in processing their Paper document, but no solutions are found.

If your Dropbox Paper text document is extremely slow to respond to input, it could be due to a browser plug-in.

If your Dropbox Paper text document is extremely slow to respond to input, it could be due to a browser plug-in.

1. Solution: Use another browser

My first solution, which I've used over the past three days, is more symptom control. After testing my Firefox browser, I dodged Safari and Chrome. The other two browsers allow the document to be processed quickly, while my Firefox continues to use one character per second in terms of processing speed. That doesn't solve my problem, but I was able to work in Dropbox Paper again for now.

In the long run, however, changing the browser is not a real alternative. All my bookmarks are in Firefox and whenever I click on my bookmark for the Dropbox Paper document, I load in a new Firefox window, have to copy the URL and open this URL in Safari or Chrome. It couldn't be more awkward ...

2. Solution: Check browser plug-ins or add-ons

The second solution I found actually solves the problem itself. In my case, the slow response time was caused by a Firefox plugin that I recently wrote about: LanguageTool. The addon carries out a spelling and grammar check in every multiline text field and shows the errors directly as you type.

The Dropbox web editor is also a text field, but it has been given a different design so that it no longer looks like a normal HTML text area field. The result is that the LanguageTool add-on constantly checks all content in this field, which brings the browser to its knees.

In the LanguageTool add-on I use, there is a possibility to deactivate the function for certain websites.

In the LanguageTool add-on I use, there is a possibility to deactivate the function for certain websites.

However, the add-on has an option in the settings to deactivate the check for certain websites. Is this for the domain paper.dropbox.com happened (see screenshot), then the content in the paper document can be edited again.

If you are not using the LanguageTool plugin, but you are still struggling with an insanely slow browser when editing Dropbox Paper documents, then I recommend you take a look at the settings, where the currently activated plugins or addons can be found. Your problem may also be solved if you switch off a certain plugin or deactivate it for the Dropbox domain. I can imagine that too, for example Grammarly could be a cause, since this plugin also checks the HTML text boxes again and again.

If you can't find a solution, please leave a comment. Maybe I can think of something else. : D

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3 comments

  1. Marianne says:

    Thank you for the solution. It was the LanguageTool app. I found it through you and now also the solution for the slow Dropbox Paper. Perfect!

    • sir appleot says:

      Wonderful. I was still wondering whether the article was worth it at all, because I thought no one had LanguageTools, Dropbox, large documents AND a problem with them. But apparently it does. : D

  2. Marianne says:

    For me it was a small document. The size doesn't seem to have any influence. And yes it is. Thousands of people have the same problems, work with the same programs in the same way. In this sense, a good feeling, you are not alone. ;)

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