Why Everyone Needs to Be Using Chrome’s Best Feature
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Let me start with a disclaimer: Google Chrome has a lot of useful features that you should be using. Not only does it have a supercharged bookmarks manager for improved organization, but its built-in password manager keeps you safe and secure, too.

But if you ask me, Chrome has one specific feature that really comes in handy, especially if you’re the kind of person who opens a million different tabs or if you have a really slow computer that lags and crashes. I’m talking about Chrome’s Task Manager feature.

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To open it, simply press Shift + Esc. Here are three ways it can come in handy and why you should think about using it:

  1. It shows you how much RAM and CPU each tab is using. This is good for diagnosing memory leaks, CPU hogs, and figuring out when a website is hogging resources and bogging down your computer.
  2. It shows you active extensions. This can be useful when you suspect that a certain extension is using too many resources and slowing down your system.
  3. It lets you kill individual tabs. This is super useful when a certain tab is frozen and unresponsive to clicking the “X” on the tab. Instead, pop open the Task Manager and click “End Process”!

In fact, if you want to become a Chrome power user, you really have to master the built-in Task Manager because it will prove useful on so many occasions. It’s one of the reasons why Chrome beats all of the other major browsers.

How often do you use the Task Manager in Chrome? Got any other useful tips? Share them with us in the comments!

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  1. Mary Brady
    April 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I use the Google Chrome extension called Sidewise. It stores the tabs in a separate window, like "Session Manager" from Firefox. Sidewise allows me to hibernate tabs, lessening the drain on computer resources, but I can restore tab(s) with one click per tab.

    • Joel Lee
      April 24, 2016 at 12:41 am

      Oh, that's cool! I haven't tried it yet but I will soon. The concept sounds great, I just hope it isn't glitchy or anything that like that. Thanks for the heads up, Mary!

  2. Shafiq Khan
    April 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    So is there any need for the Great Suspender extension? Seen as which Chrome has this functionality now built in?

    Thanks

  3. Anonymous
    April 20, 2016 at 10:52 am

    When you have a great number of tabs open on a slow computer it is essential to use the computer's memory resources as efficiently as possible. One way to deal with this is to use the Chrome extension The Great Suspender. This extension will automatically suspend tabs that have not been used for a certain amount of time (x minutes - to be determined by the user), or the user can manually suspend a tab.
    The extension works very well & does not require any special maintenance. I can recommend it.

    • Federico
      April 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Since version 46 Chrome has a built in tab discarding feature that will unload from memory tabs that it recongnizes are not being used. It was disabled by default and you could enable it from the Flags page but now it seems to be enabled out of the box.

    • Anonymous
      April 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      I've been using the Great Suspender for about a month now and it is fantastic. Made a huge difference for allowing you to keep a lot of tabs without having them bog you down while not using them. Great extension.

    • Joel Lee
      April 24, 2016 at 12:41 am

      Thanks Peter, that's an awesome extension. The extra bit of automation makes it so much more convenient than just handling everything through Task Manager manually! A must-have, it seems like.