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Chrome can be a real memory hog Why Is Chrome Using up So Much RAM? (And How to Fix It Right Now) Why Is Chrome Using up So Much RAM? (And How to Fix It Right Now) But why does Chrome use up so much RAM, especially compared to other browsers? And what can you do to keep it in check? Read More , more so than any other browser. There are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind for managing Chrome so you can keep that memory usage at a minimum.

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Like your Windows or Mac machines, Chrome has a task manager of its own. In it, you can view how much RAM each tab you have open is using, as well as each extension.

How to Identify Which Chrome Tabs Are Wasting RAM and CPU Resources ChromeTaskManager 670x466

To open up your Chrome Task Manager go to the menu > More Tools > Task Manager or you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift-Escape.

You will see a list of all tabs open in Chrome, as well as all extensions you are running in your browser. Click on the memory column to make sure that they are sorted by memory usage, and you can instantly identify which tab or extension is using the most RAM.

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If Chrome is running particularly slowly, you can kill the tabs taking up the most memory. You can either manually close the tab, or from the Task Manager, click on the tab to select it, and click End Process. This will kill the tab, but won’t actually close it.

Do you have any tips for keeping Chrome memory usage at a minimum? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Elizabeth McCumber
    April 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I pulled up "chrome:view-http-cache" in chrome. How do I delete it? Thank You, Beth