How to Turn Off Hardware Acceleration in Google Chrome


Last updated December 2, 2016

I was recently having a problem in Google Chrome where my mouse was lagging whenever I was trying to click a link or copy text. It was increasingly frustrating, to the point where I was starting to use Firefox more frequently. But Chrome has long been my default browser, and I was not ready to give up on it yet. So I spent a bit of time trying out assorted troubleshooting tips that I could find online, all with little to no effect.

But I was finally able to fix the problem, and my solution rested with turning off hardware acceleration in Google Chrome. Now Chrome is back to being fast and responsive, and the problems that I was previously having are gone. If you are having a similar problem with mouse lag in Google Chrome, then follow our steps below to turn off hardware acceleration and see if it fixes your problem as well.

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Turn Off Hardware Acceleration in Google Chrome

There are many reasons why you might be having problems with performance in Google Chrome, so this solution may not work for everyone. But it fixed my mouse lag and the latency issues that I was personally having, so it is worth a shot if you are experiencing similar problems.

If you are experiencing similar problems in other programs, too, then reading this guide at live2tech.com can show you how to turn off hardware acceleration in a number of different programs on your computer.

 

Step 1: Open Google Chrome.

 

Step 2: Click the icon with the three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window. It says Customize and control Google Chrome when you hover over it.

open the chrome settings menu

 

 

Step 3: Click the Settings option near the bottom of the menu.

click settings in the menu

 

 

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of this page and click the Show advanced settings link.

show advanced settings

 

 

Step 5: Scroll to the bottom of the page again, then click the box to the left of Use hardware acceleration when available to remove the check mark.

turn off hardware acceleration

 

 

Close Chrome and then restart it for the changes to take effect. Hopefully your issues with mouse lag in Chrome are now gone. If not, then head over to Google Chrome’s support site for additional help.

Summary – How to disable hardware acceleration in Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the menu button (It says Customize and control Google Chrome when you hover over it) at the top-right corner of the window.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Scroll down and click the Show advanced settings link at the bottom of the window.
  5. Scroll down to the System section and uncheck the box to the left of Use hardware acceleration when available.

 

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