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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.
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 ...
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.
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
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.