Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.
Q: My browser had been working fine, but lately, it freezes, takes forever to load, and acts like it hates its job (to connect me to the world). What do I do?
A: The quick answer: Switch browsers. Sometimes you load programs or system files that conflict with your current browser. Everything that had been working fine suddenly doesn’t.
That just happened to me. I have used FireFox for years. It has all my bookmarks and auto-load sites (so I don’t have to add passwords) and autofills from a dense History list. Recently, loading slowed to a crawl and locked up entirely if I had more than ten tabs open (I routinely keep twenty open. I know–that’s a lot, but I added extra RAM so I can do that without slowing things down. What’s RAM? It’s like buying a bigger desk so you can spread papers out over a wider area). I tried patiently waiting, figuring Firefox would fix the problem with an upgrade.
A week later, I gave up and opened the Internet with Chrome instead. Everything popped. In nanoseconds, sites were open, twenty open tabs didn’t slow it down. Once I got all my bookmarks and autofills back, it felt like home.
OK, I got off target a bit with my story. Here’s your take-away: When the Internet doesn’t work right, switch browsers. Websites often (put that in bold and italics) run better in one browser over others. They usually tell you, but you don’t always find that message as you’re opening the site. Even now, with my new favorite Chrome browser, I sometimes open in Firefox.
I will say, I never find Internet Explorer as a better option.
What about you? What browser works best for your needs?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.