# Unnecessary braces versus speed compilation process

Could the use of many unnecessary braces speed down the compilation process?

So when I want to remove those commands usually I just delete \alert{} (TeXstudio has a shortcut to delete commands with braces: Alt+Del).

But I have to do this with the cursor on the command. So I prefer to use Find/Replace to remove only \alert and so the pair of braces still remains.

Is there some problem with the speed of compilation process if we use many unnecessary braces?

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The "preferred" way would be to leave your code as-is and change the definition of \alert to \def\alert#1{#1}. – Werner Mar 10 '13 at 15:17
I'm confident the speed of compilation will be comparable with a negligible difference. With modern technology this is usually the case. – Werner Mar 10 '13 at 15:24
@Werner, good idea! But usually I don't delete all alert commands. After problem solved I delete it but if the point on the text is still in discussion with my partners, I keep it. – Sigur Mar 10 '13 at 15:53