It is frustrating to work when you have a rather slow Internet connection. With difficulty in sending files to colleagues and waiting for minutes for a page to upload, it can be quite intimidating. Even though you might have the best of broadband or DSL connections, there are times when the Internet connection suffers from lethargic speed.

How to work faster on slow connections


The following points will show you how to increase your productivity while your connection is slow.

Sending multiple files faster by compressing them: By using a compression utility, you can reduce the combined size of several files if you are sending them for a project. By compressing the files, you can dramatically reduce the time that is needed to send files online and it will also not take up much space in your mail Inbox. An example of a famous compression tool is WinZip.

Turn off graphics in Internet Explorer to speed browsing: Graphics take much time to download if you are online but you can turn them off by opening the web browser and then clicking on the ‘Tools’ menu. Then click on ‘Internet Options’ and in the dialogue box that opens, click on the ‘Advanced’ tab. Scroll down to the ‘Multimedia’ section in the ‘Settings’ box and clear the boxes of ‘Play animations in web pages’, ‘Play sounds in web pages’, ‘Play videos in web pages’ and ‘Show pictures’. Culminate this by clicking on ‘Apply’.

Sending email using distribution lists: Create a distribution list instead of listing each recipient separately if you are sending an email to multiple people. This way messages are sent faster and more efficiently.

Working offline using Cached Exchange Mode in Outlook: You can continue to work in Outlook if you’re using Cached Exchange mode, even after you lose your network connection. A copy of your mailbox is saved on your computer that provides quick access to your data.

Reducing email size with simple email gestures: Elaborate email signatures including multiple images unnecessary take up a lot of storage space. Instead create text signatures that combine fonts, colors and type sizes to make them smaller and quicker to receive.

Browsing offline by saving web pages on your computer: Saving web pages on your computer will help if you lose your connection. For saving the page, access it and then select the File menu to go to ‘Save as’. Select ‘web page’ from the ‘Save as type’ drop-down menu and click on ‘Save’.

Increasing your cache to open web pages faster: It increases the Internet speed after you revisit the same page. For doing this, click on ‘Tools’, ‘Internet Options’ and then select ‘Settings’ in the ‘Browsing history’ section on the ‘General’ tab. In the ‘Temporary Internet Files’ dialog box, click the ‘Automatically’ radio button under ‘Check for newer versions of stored pages’. Then set the ‘amount of disk space to use’ option to at least 250 MB and click OK.

Like mentioned at the beginning, a slow Internet connection cannot be avoided. But keeping the above points in mind can lessen the impact of a painfully slow connection.