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If Chrome is slow we use these extensions to free up memory


Having Google Chrome slow is a sentence but it takes very little to get it back in shape and have a faster computer.

We are now used to surfing the internet quickly, without having to wait too long to open or load any page. When for some reason we can’t navigate at the usual speed, a little discomfort comes naturally. If Google Chrome is slow, there are fortunately also solutions that we can adopt to solve the problem: it may be necessary to install some extensions that allow us to save space in the memory.

We temporarily close the tabs with TooManyTabs

As the name suggests, the TooManyTabs extension allows us to close the tabs too many, but above all to reopen them in the exact position . A great trick to limit the memory used by Chrome without “getting lost” in what we are using.

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After installing the extension, to manage the tabs we have to click on the extension icon and click on the yellow arrow next to the preview of each tab. To restore it, click on the title in the list.

If we are used to leaving a lot of things pending we can also save the history of suspended cards on Google Drive, by linking the extension to our account.

We suspend any cards we don’t use

Many of the websites we use have different parts that work in the background , that is, even when we are not consulting the card. Let’s think, for example, of videos or notifications from social networks.

Of course, these activities increase the memory that Chrome uses, even if in truth we don’t often need them. Thanks to The Great Suspender we can suspend a card , or all the others , with a simple right click on the card itself.

If we want to go deeper, we can also make the tabs suspend themselves after a certain period of inactivity, and also create lists of sites that instead must always remain active.

Let’s make Chrome free up memory automatically by suspending tabs

If we like the idea of ​​saving memory but don’t want to get too lost in technicalities , we can install an extension like Tab Wrangler , which automatically suspends unused tabs, allowing us a fine check on those that can be opened and closed, even in group.

Furthermore, Tab Wrangler also allows us to synchronize settings between different computers. If we use our Google Account sync, we won’t even have to worry about setting up all of our computers.

Freeing up memory in Chrome: how much does it occupy?

Of course, reducing the number of open tabs to the essentials is always a good idea, but if we want to deepen, there are two excellent ways to understand how much RAM Chrome is occupying.

We check the memory occupied with the Task Manager of the operating system

This is the most immediate way. By opening Task Manager in Windows or Activity Monitor in MacOS, we can quickly see how much memory Google Chrome is using by looking for it in the list of processes. The easiest way to open activity monitor is to search for it using Cortana (on Windows) or Spotlight Search (on Mac)

Let’s check the memory occupied with the Chrome task manager

If we want to go into more detail, Chrome also has its own internal Task Manager, which has a big advantage: it allows us to see in detail the memory used both by the cards and by the extensions . To open it we just have to use the key combination Shitf + ESC .

If Chrome is slow, it also depends on our habits

Any savvy and computer enthusiast knows that Chrome isn’t exactly a thrifty browser . However, often Chrome’s slowness is also the cause of our habits.

In fact, if on the smartphone we often consult one page at a time, before dedicating ourselves to other activities, often on the computer, both because of the more spacious screen, and because of the more accessible tabbed browsing, we tend to open many pages at the same time in Chrome . Each of these takes up memory and, moreover, if it contains “dynamic” elements such as videos or chats, these often continue to be active even when we switch to another tab.

For this reason, let’s close with a generic and very practical advice: if Chrome is slow, first let’s look at how many tabs we have open (and how many Chrome windows we are using). We may find that the fault is not all of Chrome, but also of the YouTube tab that we opened the day before yesterday and that we “abandoned” in a corner of the browser.


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