The Chrome browser uses a lot of memory. The more memory, the slower your computer will run. You can speed up your computer (and the browser) by reducing the browser’s memory use.

To see memory usage in Windows:

  1. Press Control+Alt+Delete
  2. Select Task Manager
  3. Click Performance | Click Memory
  4. Turn off a tab and memory usage will drop.

Shut down unused tabs:

It’s nice to have 20 tabs in your browser, but each one is using memory.

  1. Close the tabs that you’re not using.
  2. Yes, that’s an easy one 🙂

Suspend inactive tabs:

If you have twelve open tabs, all of them are active in memory.

  1. Put tabs in suspension.
  2. Use “The Great Suspender” extension
  3. Go to chrome.google.com/webstore
  4. Search for “The Great Suspender”
  5. Click “Add to Chrome”
  6. When it’s added, click the icon (upper right corner)
  7. Click Settings
  8. Set to 10 minutes (or whatever you want).

Turn off plugins:

  1. Go to the browser address bar.
  2. Enter “chrome://plugins
  3. Turn off Widevine, Native Client, Adobe Flash Player.
  4. Turn off any plugins that you don’t use.
  5. If the plugin is needed, Chrome will ask you.

Set plugins to “Click to Load”:

  1. Go to Settings (hamburger menu at upper right)
  2. Select Show Advanced Settings (at bottom)
  3. Go to Privacy
  4. Select Content Settings
  5. Scroll down to Plug-Ins
  6. Select “Let me chose when to run plugin content”.

Remove unused extensions

  1. Go to the browser address bar.
  2. Enter “chrome://extensions
  3. Turn off extensions by clicking Disable
  4. Remove extensions that you don’t use.

Use Google Data Saver:

Instead of fetching data from the website, get a compressed version from Google’s servers.

  1. Use the “Google Data Saver” extension
  2. Go to chrome.google.com/webstore
  3. Search for “Google Data Saver”
  4. Click “Add to Chrome”

If you have more tips, let me know.