Google Chrome can excessively use system resources, especially when many tabs are open. Enough to significantly slow down your computer. Fortunately, there is an extension and some very effective tips that will help you save your RAM memory. We’ll tell you all about it.
Users accustomed to opening a farandole of tabs have inevitably noticed it. Google Chrome can significantly slow down your computer by eating up your RAM. Faced with this observation, we strongly recommend that you opt for the extension The Great Suspender. This speeds up your computer when using Google Chrome in hanging your tabs automatically after a certain time. Or voluntarily if you ask him using a combination of keys.
As a reminder, Chrome tabs consume RAM even when you’re not on them. This excessive consumption of resources can make your computer slower or contribute to reduced battery life if you use a laptop. In detail, the code of the pages and the scripts of the tabs continue to execute until they are closed. However, we do not necessarily like to close these tabs. If only to find a page more quickly.
The Great Suspender extension will then “suspend” the tabs you are not using. In other words, the scripts will stop executing. And the RAM will be emptied of images, videos and other content of the page in question. It will of course be possible to reactivate the latter with a simple click in order to resume where you left off.
How to install and configure The Great Suspender
- To use it, just download The Great Suspender via the Chrome Web Store by clicking here.
- Then click on Settings to configure everything properly.
- In particular, you can determine the duration after which a tab will be automatically suspended (1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, etc.).
Other options are also available in settings. Pinned tabs (1) can never be suspended. Just like those with unsaved form entries (2) or those where audio is on (3). What’s more, two other options allow you to never pause the active tab in each window (4) or the tabs when you are offline (5).
Finally, you can prevent tabs from hanging when your laptop is plugged into an outlet (6), create a list of sites that will never be interrupted (7), or even reload tabs as soon as you flip over them (8).
Once the general parameters are configured according to your wishes, go to the section Keyboard shortcuts. This allows you to choose shortcuts to suspend or resume the active tab, suspend all tabs and for many other functions. To choose the shortcuts of your choice, click on Edit Shortcuts.
The Great Suspender is now configured. Once back on a suspended tab, just click anywhere on the page to pick up your little stuff where you left off. Ultimately, Chrome and your system should become more responsive!
Google Chrome: some tips to save RAM
In addition to this devilishly practical extension, here are several tips that will allow you to reduce the use of RAM by Google’s browser:
- Clear the cache regularly! To do this, click on the three small dots at the top right then on Other tools, section Clear browsing data.
- You can then delete cookies and other site data, your history or even cached images and files. It is also possible to select the period. Finally click on Erase data when you are ready.
Another possibility to reduce RAM consumption is to prevent Google Chrome from running in the background.
- Just click on the three little dots and follow this path: Settings> Advanced settings> System.
- Then toggle the button to the left to stop running background apps after closing the browser.
At last extensions can be very RAM hungry. If necessary, do not hesitate to limit their activation by right-clicking on it. You will be able to prevent an extension from automatically reading and modifying data for all sites. Several options will then be available to you:
- Activate the extension on the site being read.
- You have to click on the extension logo to activate it.
Other option: establish a list of sites where it can operate exclusively.
- If this last option suits you, click on the three small dots> More tools> Extensions.
- Open them Details of the targeted extensions then add specific sites in the section dedicated to this use.