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Rather than wait until a page has completely downloaded to display it to the user, Mozilla applications will periodically render what has been received to that point. This preference controls the maximum amount of time the application will be unresponsive while rendering pages.

Possible values and their effects

The maximum number of microseconds (1 second = 1,000,000 microseconds) between reflows. (Default: triple the value of content.notify.interval)


Recommended settings

Lowering the interval will make the application more responsive at the expense of page load time. A multiple of the value of content.notify.interval is recommended.[1]

First checked in

2001-06-20 by Kevin McCluskey

Has an effect in

  • Netscape (all versions since 6.1)
  • Mozilla Suite (all versions since
  • Phoenix (all versions)
  • Firebird (all versions)
  • Firefox (all versions)
  • Minimo (all versions)
  • SeaMonkey (all versions)

Related bugs

Related preferences