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Thunderbird - Disable Hardware Acceleration

Recently, I've noticed that Thunderbird is really slow, and will quite often get stuck on showing large black areas whenever I expand the window, or try to open a message in a new window. Luckily, disabling hardware acceleration resolved the issue for me, and it seems a lot more responsive now.

For reference, I am using the onboard graphics of an Intel i5-4670K on Linux which is probably something to do with the issue. I reckon if you one is running on Windows, or with a dedicated GPU, you are probably not going to be experiencing these issues.


Click Edit > Preferences

Then search for "use hardware" until you see the following, and then uncheck the checkbox.

Last updated: 20th December 2021
First published: 20th December 2021