Video speed controller

When Chrome gets sluggish, here’s how to optimize it for fast surfing on Windows, Macs, and Chromebooks—with some tips straight from Google.

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When’s the last time you used a Windows PC or Mac without launching a website browser? Sure, there are still some old-school, offline apps such as Microsoft Word và Photoshop. But today the bulk of our computing happens inside the browser—be it emailing, chatting, surfing social media, watching videos, or listening to lớn music. For many of us, browser-based apps such as Google Docs & Sheets have even taken over for traditional productivity software such as Microsoft Office.

Essentially, the browser has become the operating system for online computing. & for most people, that browser is Google Chrome, which has nearly a 70% market cốt truyện on desktops and laptops. If Chrome bogs down, the whole computing experience suffers. I scoured the web for some of the best tips, including some very handy browser extensions, that help Chrome run better. I also spoke with Max Christoff, engineering director for Chrome at Google, to lớn get his insider advice for how to lớn keep Chrome lean và limber. These tips apply to the browser running on Windows, macOS, & Chromebooks.

1. Update your browser

Start by making sure you have the latest software. “Because we are always updating Chrome & evolving it, this is the simplest thing people can do” khổng lồ improve performance, says Christoff. Chrome automatically downloads updates, but it needs a restart to lớn install them. Make sure your Chrome is up to date by clicking the three-dot “More” icon in the upper right of the browser window. (Or type “chrome://settings/” in the address bar.) Then click Help>About Google Chrome. The About screen will show if Chrome is up to date. If it’s not, relaunch your browser.

You need to periodically restart Chrome for updates lớn take effect.

2. Get khổng lồ know the Task Manager

Chrome has a built-in tool lớn show how much of your computer resources—RAM, processor, & networking—are consumed by components such as xuất hiện tabs và browser extensions. You can access this information by clicking the three-dot “More” icon, then selecting More Tools>Task Manager. We’ll use Task Manager later on lớn diagnose problems.

Task Manager shows how much resources different processes, such as individual tabs, are consuming.

3. Keep tabs in check

Browser tabs are incredibly handy for tasks such as opening multiple product review when you’re shopping online. But they can easily get out of control. Within a few minutes, I might have three browser windows running, each with a half-dozen or more open tabs. Each tab runs as its own process, consuming your computer’s resources. If your system suddenly slows down or the tín đồ kicks in, check Task Manager khổng lồ see if one or two mở cửa tabs are the culprits. (Often, issues will stem from a streaming truyền thông site such as YouTube.) You can highlight an individual tab in Task Manager and click the end Process button lớn immediately take the load off.

If you know you will have tabs open for a while, you can suspend them so the URL is saved but the pages consume virtually no resources. Lớn set that up, install an extension called The Great Suspender. You can use it to immediately suspend all tabs in a browser window. Or they will automatically suspend after an amount of time that you can set. (The default is 30 minutes.) “It’s certainly an effective technique because by essentially suspending the tabs that you’re not using, it’s akin lớn closing them,” says Christoff. You can unsuspend individual tabs, or all the tabs at once, when you want to lớn go back lớn those web pages. The extension is highly customizable. For instance, you can set it khổng lồ never suspend a tab that is playing audio, so your background music continues to stream.

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Suspending tabs allows you to lớn conserve resources without losing that page.

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4. Block videos from autoplaying

Google’s Christoff và I part ways on this topic. Google generally allows videos & other animated content to autoplay on sites that choose to lớn enable it. “A lot of times the web page that you’re looking at will have animations & experiences that the site designer actually wants to get across,” says Christoff. “We want you lớn have that type of experience without you having to press play.”

But since those videos and animations—many of which may not even interest me—suck up resources, I’d rather that I have lớn press play. A free extension called AutoplayStopper grants me my wish and saves a lot of my computer’s resources.

AutoplayStopper prevents videos và animations from running on their own. You can create exceptions for specific sites.

5. Manage browser extensions

Extensions can địa chỉ cửa hàng very handy capabilities lớn your browser. (I’ve just recommended two great ones.) But they also consume resources. It’s good to periodically review your extensions. Click on the three-dot More button & select More Tools>Extensions for an overview of every one you have installed. Here you can easily remove old extensions you are no longer using. If you’re not sure you want khổng lồ get rid of an extension for good, just toggle the switch khổng lồ the right of the Remove button lớn disable it. One way lớn decide whether an extension is worth keeping is to kiểm tra the Task Manager and see if it’s a major resource hog when enabled.

You can remove or disable extensions lớn lighten the load on Chrome.

6. Use hardware acceleration for video

Video is generally the most demanding task for your browser. Và in the COVID-19 era, we’re streaming a lot more of it for online education, conferencing, & binge-watching. To keep đoạn clip from hogging resources, make sure that hardware acceleration is turned on in Chrome. This offloads video clip tasks lớn your computer’s graphics processor. Click the three-dot More button, then click Settings>Advanced>System to lớn ensure that “Use hardware acceleration when available” is turned on. (This setting option isn’t available in the Chrome browser on Chromebooks.)

Insure hardware acceleration is on so that đoạn phim plays more efficiently.

Related: These 10 essential browser tweaks fix the web’s biggest annoyances

7. Run the Chrome Cleanup tool (Windows only)

There is a lot of malware that hijacks the browser experience, such as changing your default tìm kiếm engine and home page or launching obnoxious pop-up ads. & most of this malware is written lớn run on Windows, the dominant operating system around the world. So Google created an anti-malware utility just for Windows users. Access it by clicking the three-dot More button & then Settings>Advanced. Under Reset & clean up, click “Clean up computer” khổng lồ run a scan.

The Cleanup tool scans for Windows malware that messes with Chrome.

8 When all else fails, reset Chrome

If you’ve taken all these steps and Chrome still feels sluggish, reset the program to its defaults. A reset will not get rid of important elements such as bookmarks, history, saved passwords, và extensions. However it will disable all extensions, so you’ll have lớn go back và reenable the ones you want khổng lồ use. It also resets your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. So you will have a little work to vị to get your browser customized again. Lớn run a reset, click the three-dot More button, then Settings>Advanced>Reset settings, and press “Restore settings to lớn their original defaults.”