The automatic preview of MathJax during editing is nice, but may slow down the editing. Is there a way to temporarily stop this automatic preview during editing?

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    $\begingroup$ A quick-and-dirty way is to edit posts in the text editor of your choice. There is an addon "It's all text" that can simplify the procedure. $\endgroup$
    – hrkrshnn
    Nov 12, 2015 at 8:35
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    $\begingroup$ robjohn has a bookmarkable script for that, the rendering on/off pair. $\endgroup$
    – pjs36
    Nov 12, 2015 at 9:06
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    $\begingroup$ @pjs36 this works great on my Firefox. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Nov 12, 2015 at 10:03
  • $\begingroup$ Older post (duplicate?): meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/8233/… $\endgroup$ Nov 12, 2015 at 11:18
  • $\begingroup$ I have noticed slow rendering sometimes, but I have not noticed that this slows down my editing. Or more precisely, as far as I can tell it slows down my editing only if I stop typing in order to see how the formats are coming out. When I would be content to type without rendering turned on at all, then I am also content to type without waiting for rendering to occur, and I do not stop typing at those times. I have not observed the extreme "freezes my browser" problem the other linked question seems to indicate. $\endgroup$
    – David K
    Nov 13, 2015 at 3:05
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    $\begingroup$ I think this is a valid consideration for people with slower computers, and the rest of us with faster computers may not understand. $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2015 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. ​ ​ $\endgroup$
    – user57159
    Nov 15, 2015 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ @theREALyumdub My home computer is often quite slow. It can sometimes take quite a while for it to format a complex post correctly. What I have not noticed (much) is that it prevents me from typing additonal text in the input box during the time when the preview pane looks like garbage. I just don't get a useful preview during that time. If the problem is that text is not even accepted in the input box, that would be worth mentioning in the question. $\endgroup$
    – David K
    Nov 15, 2015 at 6:42
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidK yes, the problem is that the text is not accepted in the input box. $\endgroup$ Nov 15, 2015 at 7:11
  • $\begingroup$ OK, that is worse than I recall. On the other hand, I find in general if you just want to write a lot of text to put in a Web form, it's better to keep it in a file on your computer anyway until you're ready to paste it to the Web page; and I already have files of not-ready-to-post text for stackexchange on my computer. If there's not going to be a preview, the advantage of editing directly in the input box is greatly reduced, if not entirely reversed (I have better text editors on my computer than the SE page provides). $\endgroup$
    – David K
    Nov 15, 2015 at 7:17


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