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When I click on the filename of e.g. TextEdit, to change the file name and select where it is saved, it always take 1-2 seconds until the selector thingy pops up.

That has always been like that for me. It's a bit annoying. I don't think it's a bug on my system. Maybe I'm wrong.

Why is that interaction slow or how would I profile things to measure or benchmark this?

Here's a video of the issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_jqkMe9Ljw

  • I'm not seeing what the problems is. Could you provide a picture? What version of macos. what machine? fyi: I'm experiencing similar problems on my machine when in the finder. I decided to buy an ssd. – historystamp Jan 16 at 19:08
  • I edited my post with with a video of the issue. I'm using a 15" Macbook Pro from 2015, current Mojave. – Johannes Bittner Jan 20 at 17:39
  • I run textedit. I noticed the menu is faster the second and subsequent times. – historystamp Jan 20 at 23:10
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By comparison, I don't experience anything like that delay on my 15" 2014 MacBook Pro. It's not instant, but certainly less than half a second.

Your video shows some circle appearing when you click. Is that from the screen recording software, or is it something else? Perhaps it's relevant.

Are you experiencing any lag in any other aspect of the computer? I'd be tempted to check that I had a good amount of disk space, and that the storage was performing well.

Check Activity Monitor, and see what's using CPU and memory at the time that you click.

Another thing to do is to test the behaviour in a brand new user account. If the problems persists, then it's at the system level. If it is absent, then you know that the cause is something in your original user account. This could be corrupt preference files or caches, or some third-party software running in the background that is causing problems. You'll need to go back to the original account and start troubleshooting.

  • The circle is a feature from the screen recording software. Sometimes Safari lags when opening a new tab. With a brand new user account, it's a lot faster. – Johannes Bittner Jan 22 at 1:33
  • After logging back into my normal user account, it was quite fast at the beginning. Then it got slow again after a few minutes. ActivityMonitor shows high CPU usage of the "DocumentPopoverViewService (TextEdit)" process group when I click on the window title. – Johannes Bittner Jan 22 at 1:44

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