Speed up Google Chrome browser
How to speed up the browser on a computer Do you suffer from slow internet browser, and want to speed up the browser on your computer, here’s how to improve and speed up the browser on Windows, Mac and Chromebook – with some tips directly from Google.
Note: Some of these steps apply to any browser, and some only work with Google Chrome, since it is the most widespread browser now, and many browsers work on the Chrome kernel, so the setup will be similar.
How to speed up the browser
When was the last time you used a computer without running a web browser? Certainly there are still some old offline apps like Microsoft Word and Photoshop.
But today the bulk of our computing takes place inside the browser – whether it’s via email, chatting, browsing social media, watching videos, or listening to music.
For many of us, browser-based applications (web applications) like Google Docs and Google Maps have taken over traditional productivity programs like Microsoft Office. The browser has become the operating system for online computing.
For most people, they use Google Chrome, which holds nearly 70% of the market share on desktops and laptops. If Google Chrome crashes, the entire computing experience suffers.
Start by making sure you have the latest version of the browser. Since Google is always updating and developing Google Chrome, this is the simplest thing that you can do to speed up the browser and improve performance.
Google Chrome automatically updates itself, but it needs a restart to install this update.
Make sure you have the latest version:
- Click the three-dot menu button in the upper-right of the browser window.
- From the drop-down menu, click on Help, then> About Google Chrome.
- Or, type “chrome: // settings /” into the address bar. The “About” page will appear.
You will see if Google Chrome is up-to-date or not. If not, restart your browser when the Relaunch button appears.
You need to restart Google Chrome periodically for the updates to take effect.
Read also: how to update the browser
Use the task manager
Google Chrome has a built-in tool to show how much computer resources – like RAM, processor, and networks – are being used up by browser components like open tabs and browser extensions.
You can access this information:
- Click the three-dot menu icon.
- From the menu, hover your mouse on the More Tools option, then select Task Manager.
Task Manager is later used to diagnose problems.
The task manager shows how much resources are used up by different processes, such as individual tabs.
Close unused tabs
Browser tabs are very easy to use, just like opening multiple web pages. However, this can easily cause the browser to hang. I might have three browser windows running, each with lots of tabs open.
Each tab acts as its own process, and consumes your computer’s resources. If your system is suddenly slowing down, check Task Manager to see if one or more open tabs are the culprits.
Often problems stem from a streaming media site like YouTube, so to speed up the browser the number of open tabs should be minimized.
You can select a single tab in the “Task Manager” or the task manager, and click on the “End Process” button to stop the download immediately.
If you use a lot of tabs which stay open for some time, you can suspend them so that the URL is saved but the pages consume almost no resources. To set it up:
Install the Tab Suspender extension for Chrome.
You can use this extension to immediately suspend all tabs in your browser window. Or, they will be suspended automatically after a period of time that you can set. The default is 30 minutes.
Of course, this is an effective browser speeding technique, because by essentially suspending tabs that you are not using, it is more like closing them. You can cancel a single tab comment, or all tabs at once, or allow a specific site not to comment.
When you want to return to these webpages, just hover your mouse over the icon in the middle of the page.
The plugin is highly customizable. For example, you can set it to not hold a specific tab, or change the time to hold it.
Hanging tabs allows you to save computer resources and speed up your browser without losing this page.