Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ways to Make Google Chrome Run Faster in Windows

Ways to Make Google Chrome Run Faster in Windows

Considering that Google Chrome is the first browser ever to open a new tab in a dedicated process, it’s easy to recognize why the browser would chew the living daylight out of any low-end computer. Even some high-end computers might experience performance declines with Google Chrome. So what are we to do? Here are some solutions:
1. Delete All the Junk That Accumulates

Your browser might start groaning when it has to fetch things from the cache constantly. Clearing your cache will take care of a lot of issues. While this might not make a significant impact, it helps. Click the little wrench icon in the top right-hand corner of Google Chrome and select “Settings.” Once in the “Settings” tab, click “Show advanced settings.” Right below where you clicked, you should now see a “Privacy” section with a “Clear browsing data” button. Click that button and make sure “Cache” is selected. Deselect anything you feel shouldn’t get deleted.
Once you click “Clear browsing data,” you should experience a slight uptick in performance, albeit with a slower page-loading time. This is a sacrifice that might be necessary for some. Don’t do this if your computer is high-end.
2. Start Fresh

Lots of people choose to start Google Chrome with the same tabs it had open in previous sessions. If your browser is already slowing down and eating up all your RAM on a previous session, what make you think that restart the browser with the same memory hogging session will solve the problem?
That’s why you need to start Chrome with a clean slate. Check your task manager when you open Chrome with all of the previous session’s tabs. It can easily take up to 3GB of RAM. Does your computer have 3 unused GB of RAM just lying around?
For a nice preview of a ‘conservative’ amount of memory usage by Chrome, check this out:
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That’s with 10 tabs open, and after like 14 hours of non-stop use. I can’t leave this browser open for more than a week on my computer before I have to close it, which brings me to my next point.
3. Close Your Tabs

If you’re not using a tab, close it. It’s taking up precious real-estate that you’re not using at this moment. That can have a negative impact on your computer. If your Chrome tabs look like this, you know you need to close them:
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If you use Chrome for work, it’s understandable to have even up to 25 tabs open. But if you’re not using them, close them. Every time you close a tab, you free up some memory on your computer that could otherwise be used by the other ‘active’ tabs that need to constantly load new pages on a site
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