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Why Is Google Chrome Using So Much RAM? Here’s How to Fix It

Gavin Phillips Updated 06-12-2019

If you’ve done any research at all into different browsers, you’re familiar with the fact that Chrome can be a bit of a resource hog. Glance at your Task Manager or Activity Monitor, and you’ll often see Chrome at the top of the list.


But why does Chrome use so much RAM, especially compared to other browsers? And what can you do to keep it in check? Here’s how to make Chrome use less RAM.

Does Google Chrome Really Use More RAM?

Several years ago, the only answer was Yes. Google Chrome’s RAM-hungry reputation was well known.

However, in 2019, and in comparison with other browsers, it doesn’t always use a huge amount of memory. In fact, at times, Mozilla, Edge, Opera, and Safari all use more RAM than Chrome. How do I know this? I ran a short test, opening a Facebook page, a YouTube video, the BBC Sport website, and Twitter in a clean browser.

The results will interest you.

popular browser ram use chart


There is Google Chrome, sitting happily in the middle of the other browsers. Sure, this is anecdotal. And there is more than enough evidence that Chrome is a massive RAM-hog. If you have ever run your own browser RAM-use test, there’s a strong chance you found Chrome using more RAM than other browsers.

Google Chrome is absolutely one of the fastest browsers, but it needs a lot of RAM to take that title.

Why Does Google Chrome Use So Much RAM?

“Aw, Snap! Google Chrome ran out of memory while trying to display this webpage.”

That’s the message you see when Chrome runs out of memory. To understand why Chrome uses so much memory, you need to understand how most modern browsers now operate.


Every app on your computer runs a number of processes in your computer’s RAM, where the hard work of running your computer takes place. RAM is temporary storage for all kinds of data, and it is very fast. Your CPU can access data held in your system RAM much faster than a hard drive, or even an SSD.

Chrome, Firefox, and Opera all store every tab, plugin, and extension in a different RAM process. This process is called isolation and prevents one process from writing to another one.

Hence, when you open your Task Manager or Activity Monitor, Google Chrome (as well as Firefox and Opera) display multiple entries. If you look closely, you can see that each process only uses a small amount of RAM, but when you add them up, the load is very high.

Activity monitor


How Does Google Chrome Manage RAM?

Modern browsers like Chrome use RAM this way to offer better stability and faster speeds. Here’s how Chrome handles RAM.

By running each process separately, if one crashes, the entire browser remains stable. Sometimes, a plugin or extension will fail, requiring you to refresh the tab. If every tab and extension was run in the same process, you might have to restart the whole browser, instead of a single tab.

The downside is that some processes that single-process browsers can share between tabs must be replicated for each tab in Chrome. Splitting into multiple processes comes with security benefits, too, similar to sandboxing or using a virtual machine.

For example, if a JavaScript attack takes place in one tab, there is no way for it cross into another tab within Chrome, whereas that may well happen in a single-process browser.


Single versus multi process

In addition to the tabs, plugins, and extensions, a few other processes also use RAM.

Pre-rendering is a notable example. Pre-rendering lets Chrome start loading up a webpage that it predicts you’ll go to next (it might be the top search result from Google, or the “next page” link on a news site). The pre-rendering process requires resources, and so uses more RAM. But it can also speed up your browsing experience if it is working well.

If it isn’t working well, the pre-rendering process (or other processes Chrome uses to improve your browsing experience) can slow everything down by using too much RAM.

Is Google Chrome’s RAM Usage a Problem?

How much RAM does Chrome need? Is there a limit of RAM Chrome will use before it becomes a problem? The answer lies with your system hardware.

Just because Chrome is using a lot of RAM doesn’t mean that it is causing a problem necessarily. If your system isn’t using the available RAM, it isn’t doing you any good; your computer only uses RAM to access data quickly and speed up processing. If you’re keeping your RAM as clear as possible, you’re not taking advantage of the power of your computer.

Just like on a smartphone, clearing out your running processes and the RAM might slow things down in the long run. That’s why RAM cleaners and boosters are bad for your smartphone Why RAM Boosters and Task Killers Are Bad for Android Do Android RAM boosters really work? Here's what task killers and RAM boosters actually do to your Android device! Read More .

However, if Chrome is using too much memory, it could turn into a problem. When Chrome uses too much memory, it limits the amount available for other programs. Chrome could even begin to struggle to keep the important information from your browser available for quick access, negating the use of the RAM to begin with.

Google Chrome Helper on Activity Monitor

When it comes down to it, Chrome’s RAM usage is only a problem if it is slowing your computer down, be that your browser or your entire system. If you see Chrome is using a lot of memory, but there are no negative performance consequences, it is not worth worrying about.

For instance, sometimes I have 50 or more Chrome tabs open, using 3.5GB RAM or more. It sounds like a huge amount, but my system has 16GB RAM to use, so it isn’t an issue.

If Chrome’s memory use is slowing things down, it is time to take action.

How to Reduce Google Chrome’s RAM Usage

There are several ways you can speed up your browsing experience and reduce the amount of memory Chrome is using. The most important tool at your disposal is the Chrome Task Manager.

Similar to the Windows Task Manager, the Chrome Task Manager shows the performance and consumption of each tab and extension within the browser. You can use the Chrome Task Manager to figure out what is using the most memory, then close them to free up space.

In Windows, just hit Shift + Esc to access the Task Manager; on a Mac, you’ll need to open it from the Window menu. Select the process, then hit End process.

Chrome Task Manager

Look out for tabs and extensions that have ballooned in size. Sometimes a single Chrome tab can use lots of memory due to a bug or poor configuration. Sometimes a Chrome memory leak will cause your browser to freeze (or even your whole system). Once you’ve killed off the resource-heavy processes, there are some other things you can do to fix frequent Chrome crashes Google Chrome Isn't Responding or Keeps Crashing or Freezing? Google Chrome keeps crashing on your computer? Here's how to fix Chrome freezing and other frustrating Chrome errors. Read More .

Use Chrome Flags to Manage RAM Use

Chrome has a bunch of secret, often experimental features, known as “Flags.” The 12 Best Chrome Flags to Upgrade Your Browsing Experience Chrome's Flags menu is a great place to find cool experimental features. Here are the best Chrome flags to check out. Read More One of those flags enables tab discarding. Tab discarding automatically discards background tabs from your system memory when it is low. The tabs remain in place, but won’t load or display content until you click on them.

Input chrome://flags in your address bar, then search for “automatic tab discarding.” Switch the Flag to Enabled.

Another flag that works well with Automatic Tab Discarding is the “Show Saved Copy Button.” The Show Saved Copy Button will appear after the browser discards a tab, asking if you want to reload a recent version of the page from the browser cache.

You can also use tab management extensions to speed up Chrome Speed Up Tab Handling on Chrome with These 7 Extensions Chrome’s built-in tab management features can help you manage tabs well, but extensions from the Chrome Web Store can do that job even better. Read More .

Manage Plugins and Extensions to Save Chrome Memory

You can disable extensions that are using a lot of power. Alternatively, you can set them to activate only when using a specific site.

For instance, I use the Grammarly extension, but I don’t need it to check my grammar on every website I visit. Right-click the extension and select Manage extensions. Change the “Allow this extension to read and change all your data on websites that you visit” to either On click or On specific sites.

If you have a lot of extensions that you use for different things, consider installing a quick extension manager. SimpleExtManager adds a small drop-down box alongside your extension tray. Then it is one click on and off for all extensions.

Download: SimpleExtManager (Free)

Does Google Chrome Use Too Much Memory for You?

Chrome controls a huge majority of the browser market.

Alternative browsers like Firefox and Opera now use a comparable amount of memory to Chrome, too, so switching isn’t easy. (Though Google serves those browsers an outdated library, making certain sites, such as YouTube, slower and more resource heavy.) You might consider Brave, a non-Google browser that supports Chrome extensions but uses significantly less memory. It has a bunch of integrated security and privacy features, too.

If you want to keep going with Chrome, do so. It is a secure, fast browser with thousands of excellent extensions. Check out Ian Buckley’s guide on how you can better control Google Chrome’s memory usage and free up more RAM How to Reduce Google Chrome's Memory Usage and Free Up RAM Is Chrome using too much memory? Our tips will limit and reduce Chrome's memory usage to free up RAM. Read More !

Related topics: Computer Memory, Google Chrome, Troubleshooting.

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  1. david
    April 30, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Simple answer to the google ram problem. Use the 32 bit version of google chrome. Then it's hard limit is 4GB (the 32 bit limit).

    follow this link

    Look for the "Update Chrome Browser" on that page and download the following "Chrome MSI for Windows 32‑bit"

    Install and enjoy. Chrome will stop at 4GB because of the 32bit architecture.

  2. Richard Shorter
    April 29, 2020 at 5:10 am

    "automatic tab discarding" seems to have gone from Flags with Chrome 81.0

  3. JohnIL
    July 14, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    So not really just a Chrome thing because most browsers have increase their foot print for RAM consumption. Hey, Chrome runs just fine on minimal spec'd Chromebooks so its not really that Chrome is such a RAM hog by design.

  4. Khang KTN
    June 21, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Hello I come from Vietnam !
    I agree with your point of view. I always use Chrome 32 for Windows 64, the amount of Ram used is always lighter than other browsers. I like Chrome, fast and smooth.

  5. Raphael
    June 19, 2019 at 2:51 am

    the reason it consumes too much ram is because it needs to collect your data and send it to Google servers. How else they gonna have time to collect your infos and store it.

  6. Abdullah
    May 15, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    But this is not the whole scenario! I mean the comparison when opening these different category sites. Even when just opening ONE home page og, the tasks manager shows that Chrome is running (10) instances, and consuming 33% of the memory. [While writing this and after opened this new tab, I looked back to confirm the figure I just wrote.. I was shocked: 22 instances consuming 52%]
    Maybe this is due to the extensions I added to my browser?

  7. dragonmouth
    April 12, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    To paraphrase/misquote Shakespeare, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our browsers but in ourselves". When we use every convenience and appearance add-on and have dozens of tabs open, even the slimmest of browsers will become a memory hog. Each add-on or tab may use only a little bit of memory but a megabyte here and a megabyte there and pretty soon your browser is using a serious amount of memory.

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  9. Rossano Pozzo
    January 21, 2019 at 12:14 pm


  10. Dan
    November 25, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    This website shoots my Chrome memory usage to almost 1GB! ROFL! How ironic.

    • dragonmouth
      April 11, 2019 at 11:45 am

      Run Privacy Badger and/or uBlock Origin against this site and you'll find out why.

  11. lakawak
    October 22, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I should also point out hat their reasoning for having a separate process is BS anyway. One one crashes, the entire page crashes. Sometimes the entire browser with all the tabs. And the same happens if I test it by manually shutting down one processes. The page that processes is on ALWAYS shuts down.

  12. lakawak
    October 22, 2018 at 12:40 pm people getting just 600 MB or so of RAM usage with all those browsers open are lucky. I start Chrome up fresh on a fresh boot of Windows (shut all the way down, not hibernate or anything) and IMMEDIATELY is it using 1.2 GB of RAM because it has opened SEVENTEEN processes for just one myyahoo page that is mostly just links.

  13. cxvxcv
    August 30, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Elusive as usual! Google.

  14. John IL
    August 24, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    The addition of Site Isolation in Chrome 68 has just aggravated the RAM consumption issue. Sorry to say if you turn off Site Isolation in Chrome:flags you make you PC less secure to Spectre but it may help RAM a bit. Google says RAM is around 10% more with Site Isolation enabled. But honestly all browsers are growing in RAM use and its not just because the browsers themselves are bloating up. Web sites are bloating up and requiring more RAM as well. The solution, add more RAM.

  15. Gary Del Rio
    June 28, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I use Chrome browser on all (4) computers I have. As of about 1 month ago the Chrome Browser app all of a sudden started using minimum of 1.8GB of RAM, not including any other shared apps. If/when I start adding tabs it jumps to over 4GB. And I'm not a power user. It has a major impact on all machines. I have to use a different browser now. How do I reduce the RAM usage for Chrome Browser app? Chrome freezes and crashes on every use now. So it's crap now.

    • RF
      July 13, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Use less tabs, less extensions. Or install more ram. It's just a reality that as software becomes more advanced it will use more ram.

      • John IL
        August 24, 2018 at 7:23 pm

        Yep, browsers keep adding features and security and web sites keep adding more and more to each page and users keep more tabs open. Adding RAM or reducing tabs open is the only solutions to a ever growing need for RAM.

      • lakawak
        October 22, 2018 at 12:43 pm

        Well, it isn't a reality for ANY other browser...not like with Chrome. Sites are more power hungry..but that doesn't change the fact that Chrome is HORRIBLE at handling those RAM needs of sites. No matter how much you try to fanboy Google's way out of it.

      • Karl K.
        July 10, 2020 at 9:30 pm

        Adding more RAM did not help much in my case. All my testing was done with two tabs only: one on Youtube and the other on the Duckduck search page. The more RAM I put in the higher the percentage of it Chrome would use. At a measly 8Gb on win10 64 Chrome could monopolize over 50 % of available memory making surfing painfully slow. I then opted to quadruple the amount of RAM to 32Gb. Big mistake. Chrome and associate processes gobbled up to 70% (yes, that's seventy) of RAM making the computer slower than with 8Gb. After an hour I got pissed off and removed 16GB. So at 16GB chrome consumed about 35% of RAM which is best I can do I guess. There is something inherently buggy with Chrome (and Firefox, Opera, etc) in the way they use system resources. Can't be a coding issue since it happens with more than one browser. I'm at a loss to explain this other than by incompatibility issues with either the host environment (Windows) or software most commonly used by the most frequented websites. I noticed that when I visit certain sites the ID code they use to ID and collect data from vitors sticks with you long after you leave the site, which I assume Google makes room for by expanding further its number of tabs. Any programmer who'd be able to come with a limition system THAT WORKS would reap millions I reckon.

  16. Travis
    June 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I have to disagree with not using ram is wasting ram. That is like saying not running your car at high RPMs is wasting your horsepower. It is a fallacy. For individuals like me who purchase/upgrade ram for their computer, it is not so that every single app on my computer can run when ever it feels like it. No, it is so when I have a RAM intensive program running - because I chose to run it - the ram IS there to be used, and not being used by something else.

    You want to talk about slowing a computer down... Every time my computer has to shut down, or free up ram so my (usually rendering) programs can actually work... That slows a computer to a crawl, or to a crash.

    I understand that people(app designers) want their product to be able to come up in an instant, because people are impatient in today's world.

    No, no, no... Empty or free ram is good. It makes sure when you need or want it, you have it. Plus, running anything that is mechanical, or electrical at 75%+ its rated capacity at all times(or most of the time) is completely detrimental to that devices lifespan. It causes undue wear and tear, making it fail quicker and sooner. Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell something to you, or they do not know how to or want to fix their product. This is exactly the case of those phone companies who would rather you buy a new phone then fix the one that is bad/broken.

  17. Alaska Joe
    March 10, 2018 at 2:56 am

    By running each process separately, if one of them crashes, the entire browser remains stable....ya right. It uses so much resources, here lately it's been freezing and crashing. I have to keep clearing the cache after I was a few videos so that it won't crash. As of late, it's been a piece of.....

  18. Stephen Sullivan
    December 22, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Had this high usage problem with Google chrome stable since upgrade to fedora 27. Found to have 2 links to chrome in /usr/bin/ so removed one not linked from desktop and that fixed the locking up and high memory usage and swap not clearing properly. Must be a problem with the installation process of Google-Chrome on Linux systems running more than one alternate desktops. I have multiple desktops install i.e. KDE and Gnome.

  19. Mark Jenkins
    December 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Just opening Chrome uses 500mb on my 6 Gb machine. I usually have 10 or so tabs open, but when total memory usage from Chrome starts to exceed 2Gb, then it bogs down and stops working. Closing tabs does not release hardly any memory, even if you close them all. I have to shut off Chrome completely, and then the memory is released. Not sure what to do, except try another browser.

    • Stephen Sullivan
      December 22, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Had this high usage problem with Google chrome stable since upgrade to fedora 27. Found to have 2 links to chrome in /usr/bin/ so removed one not linked from desktop and that fixed the locking up and high memory usage and swap not clearing properly. Must be a problem with the installation process of Google-Chrome on Linux systems running more than one alternate desktops. I have multiple desktops install i.e. KDE and Gnome.

  20. James
    September 8, 2017 at 7:36 am

    i got 8gb ram, while watch youtube ot facebook, i experience laggness and find out the ram usage is 6gb+ with google chrome only, I got an ssd for drive c that why i transfered my temp and internet temp to a regular raid drive so as to write less on my ssd, i also transfer my page file to a regular drive, it really suck chrome does not have ram optimization, that why i disable chrome on my android too. not sure if IE will do better.

    • Justin B
      November 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Eh, I have 40% usage just by starting my computer with Windows 10. So Chrome adding 20% under heavy load isn't so bad.

      What sucks for me is that when I have 4 instances of Visual Studio open, 2 instances of SQL Server Management Studio, etc and Chrome decides to keep everything in RAM instead of writing it to a disk etc.

      I wish I could get back into Opera -- it was always so good.

  21. Red
    August 28, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I love the "stability and speed" part. If an application freezes your system or is slow as hell due to it having eaten up all of your RAM and a huge chunk of your swap (if you are on Linux) how the hell is it stable and fast?!?!?!?!?!

  22. Maikel Grep
    July 25, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Strange you all have problems with memory management, I am on an old Dell Latitude E5500 with 2 GB ram and still be able to have 10 tabs open and even update my system and even working on documents plus opening a couple of SSH sessions without a problem or interruptions, start to get in trouble when opening this site as it uses 1 GB of ram which is very much, maybe you can reconfigure the site to use less memory.
    This is not a Chrome issue this is an issue of your site

  23. Robert Path
    July 12, 2017 at 3:46 am

    This didn't solve my Chrome memory issue which it came up on the search engine listings to accomplish. It did promote other browsers. completely short of the listing of the article. no good. What comes around goes around, even in the smallest ways.
    Perceptual Bliss

  24. hans
    April 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Chrome uses way more memory than Seamonkey. I get the unable to open page bacause of memory issues when I only have 4 tabs open. very irritating.

    In seamonkey I can easy have 20 of those open.

    I planned to go over to chrome beacuse of the syncing of my bookmarks etc. but I am having a realy hard time to get used to this bloated browser. (yes I say bloated while seamony is a whole suite but chrome is more bloated) weird because it works fine on my phone.

    • Dann Albright
      April 22, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      I don't know a whole lot about Seamonkey, but if it's 5 times more efficient on your computer, it definitely seems worth looking into! How old is your computer? How much memory do you have?

  25. Wils
    February 27, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I use Chrome like a crazy person. I open up tabs (many..many) all the time. I should use firefox but then the entire mess crashes. Now I know why. Chrome IS a faster browser! But if you work the way I do, make sure you have enough ram to keep it happy. I had an old system (about 10 years old) and would open tabs to fill up my screen as I was writing. Not good. One page, usually some clickbait thing would always end up hanging and then it would crash everything else I was working on. I built a new system with 16 gigs of ram and just this morning had 13 tabs open. 13 is not a huge amount. I saw the "Chrome has run out of memory." error. Annnnnd here we are now :) WHEEEEEEE! I will still use Chrome, and still use way way too many open tabs. Because.

    • Dann Albright
      March 9, 2017 at 1:18 am

      Even with 16 GB of RAM, Chrome is running out of memory? I wonder if there's some sort of configuration in your computer that's not letting it use a lot of memory. That's a huge amount of space to be used up by a browser, even one like Chrome.

      • Aaron
        March 10, 2017 at 3:18 am

        You may have the 32bit version of chrome limited it to only be able to access 4GBs

        • Dann Albright
          March 19, 2017 at 1:32 am

          Ah, that's an interesting point. I'd check to make sure you're using the 64-bit version and try again.

  26. Claus
    January 12, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    It pretty much brings my 16Gb labtop to it's knees. It uses so much RAM that I cannot have my other apps running while doing research.

    • Dann Albright
      January 13, 2017 at 1:06 am

      16GB? Of RAM? That's crazy . . . you might have something else going on. I have 8GB and I can run a lot of other stuff in conjunction with a lot of tabs. But follow these tips and see what happens! They should help.

      • Marvel
        February 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        It is true. I have 12 GB of RAM and it is using constantly 10GB when I have many tabs opened. To make the matter worse, it is using 100% of my CPU (core i7 2nd gen) and pretty much slows down my computer to the point I can't use it till have to hard reboot it. So what's the point of having fastest browser if it bring my computer to it's knee and ultimately the computer become unusable.

        • Dann Albright
          February 19, 2017 at 2:37 am

          Sounds like you're in desperate need of the tips above!

        • Mark McKee
          August 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm

          Yeah, I only have a paltry 32 GB, and chrome brings down my system. To Dann, it sounds like you need to stop ass-uming. After all, according to Xerox, I was the first person on earth to use a PC to massage data from multiple mainframe platforms, so yeah, I kinda know how the stuff works. Google made a silly design decision. Oh wow, you mean Google, built on a search engine, isn't Microsoft. Next you'll be saying that Jeff Bezos doesn't know as much about rocket science as NASA! Make us go fast Geordi. Yeah, we like to go fast... As predicted in Tron, the computer are now doing the thinking for us.

  27. my mom
    November 17, 2016 at 11:13 am

    im never ever using this browser i dont want google spying on me what i search and i prefer firefox its a better browser

    • Dann Albright
      November 28, 2016 at 2:43 am

      That's totally fine . . . but if you're never going to use Chrome, why are you reading and commenting on this article?

      • keenan
        June 24, 2017 at 1:36 am


  28. Ankit
    August 5, 2016 at 11:24 am

    The day I started using The Great Suspender chrome application, I never faced RAM issue because of chrome.

    • Dave
      September 25, 2016 at 9:42 am

      I agree, the great suspender makes chrome a brand new browser

    • Dave
      September 25, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Another vote for the great suspender!

      • olamoree
        November 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm

        The Great Suspender works just great! I also use One Tab to store my tabs and easily get them back when I want, even from days ago. Try it.

        • Dann Albright
          November 12, 2016 at 10:57 pm

          That sounds cool too. I've been running an absolutely ridiculous number of tabs lately, so maybe I'll try it!

    • Dann Albright
      October 19, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      I've been trying to limit my tab usage, but that's been a struggle . . . maybe I'll give this a shot!

    • jaspercayne
      April 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      I used to use the great suspender and one tab as well. Then I switched to Tab Suspender ( and I must say it is even better. Couple that with one tab and your memory goes way down. You always need to be mindful of other things as well though, like background processes that will remain open even when you close Chrome (Google Hangouts extension, for example) as they can keep Chrome in a partially awake state and adversely affect your resources. I've got 12GB of RAM but with the use of Tab Suspender my 40+ tabs that I have open consistently (don't judge me. You've done it too. I just do it all day every day) I still only hover around 40% RAM usage with all my other standard apps running in the background (Steam, OneNote, TeamViewer, Dropbox, and the ever hungry COMODO, plus stuff that doesn't really count much like SpeedFan). If I can keep all that going and still play Kerbal Space Program (I've never seen a game eat so much memory... ~9GB after an hour), clearly Chrome is not actually that big an issue. It's largely about keeping an eye on the kinds of things you have loaded in your tabs. If you aren't blocking ads, every one of those is also consuming memory too, and that is one of the easier things to deal with. Plus the fact that it gives you a cleaner and less obtrusive browsing experience is a win/win in my opinion.

      • Dann Albright
        May 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm

        So you use both Tab Suspender and One Tab at the same time? Sounds like it's made a huge difference in your memory consumption!

  29. Glen
    July 7, 2016 at 12:07 am

    try Maxthon's new Nitro bells and whistles, but great speed

    • Dann Albright
      October 19, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Is that available for Mac? I think last time I checked, it wasn't.

  30. Anonymous
    June 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    People With 32Bit OSs ( Like Me ) Can Have Extensions Installed ( Rapidly Switching From Enabled/Disabled ) To Solve Most Of Those Problems:

    I Use These Extensions Code IDs In No Particular Order:








    • lasnite notlasnite
      December 16, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      I wish I knew what you were talking about here, since mine is also 32bit OS (on 64 CPU). But I don't have a clue. Any chance you could explain this any?

      I've been researching memory problems Chrome seems to be having on my computer, and I've just been astounded at things I've read about everybody (it seems) using dozens or even hundreds of tabs at a time with no problems!

      I had no idea.

      If I open 4 tabs in Chrome, I get "Aw snap" errors saying "Chrome ran out of memory trying to display this page." I assume that's because I only have 4gb RAM and on 32bit, not even all of that is used. But even with my spartan specs, I would think Chrome wouldn't be this bad.

      I tend to have high-flash content pages and videos playing, so maybe it's just my personal activities slowing me down...

      I wonder if I would use more or less memory having the same number of pages open that I do now, but open them in separate windows instead of separate tabs, OR even in separate browsers. Maybe it would be better to have some pages open in Chrome and some in Firefox. I use all the browsers at different times, so I'm willing to experiment.

      But there are some of my activities that just work better in Chrome, or they WOULD if Chrome wouldn't keep crashing! So I'm still trying to figure out if there's anything I need to do to Chrome to help it along some.

      • lasnite notlasnite
        December 17, 2016 at 12:54 am

        (Edited to add to my reply above)
        OK, after I posted my comment, I looked up those codes that A41202813GMAIL posted in the comment above mine, so now I know what all those letters mean.
        I didn't recognize them as anything, which is probably due to the fact that I use NO extensions (the horror, I know!), which is because of my inept system performance, as mentioned above. I have tried very few extensions; I just figured any of them would cripple my browser worse than it already is.

        But I'm going to go check out some of those you listed above and see if I can use any of them to do me some good.


        • A41202813GMAIL
          December 17, 2016 at 9:49 am

          You Are Welcome.

          Try All Extensions 1 By 1 .

          Do Not Forget To Configure Each 1 Of Them.

          Try These 2 First, In This Order:




  31. Anonymous
    June 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Open tabs is obviously one of the main resource hogs in Chrome since each tab is run in its own process. I also use The Great Suspender. It puts those open tabs to sleep and frees up some RAM.

    • Dann Albright
      June 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Yep, running each tab in its own process takes up a lot of RAM. But it does wonders for stability and speed!

  32. you
    June 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

    The Great Suspender has helped a ton. Rather than act as a pack rat and retain my tabs forever, I've decided once a tab has been suspended, it's soon time to make the decision to keep or discard. If there is a whole series of tabs to close, then I ctrl-click (cmd-click on Apple) the first one, shift-click the last one in the series, and close them all with ctrl-w (cmd-w on Apple).

    I often don't know what I'm closing, and that's okay. If it was important, I will remember and I can quickly find it again in my history.

    • Dann Albright
      June 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      I've heard a lot of good things about the Great Suspender, and I think closing down tabs that you don't know what they are is a great idea. Probably won't miss it if you don't even remember what it is. :-) And yes, getting good at finding things in your history is a great skill, especially when you get in the habit of closing a lot of tabs!

  33. me
    June 18, 2016 at 3:04 am

    I use a lot of tab effectively. Each website takes time to load, and I don't want to do nothing, but wait(even if its a couple seconds). Say your compare the same type of product, but dozens of manufacturers make it differently. So you have google open in tab 1. As you go through the results and find interesting one you right click and open in new tab, and repeat the process down the list. Click Next and repeat. Now you have say 20 tabs open, and you go through those, and you close them down one at a time.

    After repeating this process you will have a top 10 list you can then prune down to the final choice.

    • you
      June 18, 2016 at 11:25 am

      You can speed up that strategy by ctrl-clicking (cmd-clicking on Apple) for each new tab you want to open.

    • Me
      June 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Or just use middle click (if you are using a mouse) to open links in background tabs.

    • Dann Albright
      June 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      If you close them as soon as you're done using them, then yes, having a lot of tabs open isn't going to be a problem. It's when you have 20 or 30 tabs open for long periods of time that you'll start to see the browser start to bog down.

      • me
        June 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        Firefox has a option to re-open all the tabs from a previous session so I don't use chrome that much. Opening 100 tabs every day in chrome is tedious. Firefox does not bog down unless a tab miss behaves.

        • Anonymous
          June 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm

          I used to have Chrome configured to open my last browser session, but these days I need all the mystery and adventure I can get.

        • Dann Albright
          June 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

          Certainly can't argue with mystery and adventure. :-) I have Chrome reopen my tabs, but I close it so rarely that I don't have to take advantage of that very often. I should probably close it a lot more often . . .

      • northenguy
        March 1, 2017 at 9:10 pm

        That is simply not correct about closing a tab makes its demands go away. I did not find the great suspender to be of any use nor was one tab to be of much and use and just added complexity to my browsing. I used to use Too Many Tabs on firefox but it doesn't really work on Chrome and is no longer supported by the creator. I suspect it would really work on Chrome to save memory for the following reason.

        Closing all open tabs one by one and then closing the entire Chrome browser resulted in a couple of dozen entries still consuming ram according to the Task Manager.

        In order of memory consumption still claimed by the now completely closed browser...

        444, 000....408, 000.....289, 000.....137, 000.....125, 000 followed twenty or so instances of chrome with descending demands for ram. There is nothing that the suggested apps can do to match actually closing the entire browser. There is a fundamental configuration problem with Chrome that shows up on all my computers.

        Even with Chrome closed it is a massive memory hog. All chrome support people can suggest is to stop using it as a modern browser and just eliminate most extensions and run with only one or two tabs.

        • Dann Albright
          March 9, 2017 at 1:22 am

          Hm; I'll have to look into that. I've never heard of Chrome using a lot of memory even when it's close (though I've never gone looking, either). However, closing tabs often does result in lower resource usage—it sounds like it might not on your computer, but it's still good advice for most users. Extensions that suspend tabs also seem to get a lot of positive feedback from people looking to reduce resource consumption.

  34. Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    " Enabling tab discarding, for example, will allow Chrome to get rid of tabs that you haven’t used in a long time if memory is low."
    How about not opening up so many tabs in the first place? Many people have no browsing discipline whatsoever. For the sake of convenience, they set their browser, whether it be Chrome or any other, to automatically open all the tabs they MIGHT need. Then they keep the tabs open, whether they use them or not. Once they have all the tabs open, there so many that the tab titles become so truncated that they can't tell which tab does what. To solve the problem the users install additional extension and add-ons to summarize and organize the tabs. How many tabs can one work with realistically at one time? 4? 5? Maybe 6? Please note I said "work with", not "have open". Having dozens of tabs open concurrently is counter-productive because once one gets beyond a certain number of tabs, one spends more time thrashing between tabs than actually doing useful work.

    • Ewan yates
      June 18, 2016 at 9:15 am

      You've just described my Web browsing habit. Glad to know I'm not the only one who does this.

    • Anonymous
      June 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm


      Why not just use a browser that is capable of dealing with a real tab workload? Mozilla-derived browsers (I prefer Palemoon) can scale to deal with dozens or hundreds of open tabs without requiring any change in my browsing habits or using an unreasonable allocation of system resources.

      You're not in a position to judge my or anyone else's work habits.

      • Anonymous
        June 19, 2016 at 12:25 am

        Tell me that you actively use more than 5 or 6 tabs concurrently out of the dozens or hundreds you have open. And I don't mean the tabs that have some kind monitoring jobs running in them.

        "You’re not in a position to judge my or anyone else’s work habits."
        But I am in a position to have an opinion.

    • Dann Albright
      June 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Yeah, a lot of people could cut down on the number of tabs that they have open, but I just don't see that happening. Unless it's causing a big problem (and, for most people, I think it's not), it's not that big of a deal. And the convenience, or at least potential convenience, of having them all open appeals to a lot of people.

      • Anonymous
        June 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm

        "or at least potential convenience"
        I think that should be "perceived" convenience. :-)
        What takes more time - open up a new tab or search through those already open? What is more efficient in terms of system resources?

        • Dann Albright
          June 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

          Well, convenience that's perceived is probably more important than convenience that isn't, right? :-) I mean, really, the drive for productivity and efficiency is mostly about how productive we perceive ourselves to be. Also, some people just don't work well with closing tabs . . . everyone has their own working style, and certain things work better for certain people. That's just how it is.

    • Wils
      February 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      I disagree. I have a 27 in. monitor and I actually do use the majority of my tabs that I have open. One or Two tabs may be a "parking lot" for things I need to look up later, but the majority of tabs are being used on a regular basis during my project. :)

      • Dann Albright
        March 9, 2017 at 1:17 am

        Well, then that strategy probably isn't for you. :-)

  35. Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Chrome uses more RAM, but I find when using it then Chrome is more responsive, like it is ready to pounce on the job you ask of it.

    I have reduced my extensions to the bare minimum and pulled out every app that takes up memory (is more than a glorified shortcut) and it still takes up more than Firefox.

    But if I am going to be doing a number of things online (email, google docs or office online, etc) Google makes it feel more responsive and like running local apps compared to Firefox and Edge.

    • Dann Albright
      June 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Yeah, that's the tradeoff; it uses a lot of RAM, but it's really fast. The problem arises when it starts using too much RAM, which can happen if you have a ton of resource-intensive tabs and extensions running. You're right about it feeling like you're using local apps; I hadn't thought of it that way, but that's a great way to describe it!

    • Wils
      February 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      I agree with you. I also have been using Google Docs on collaborative writing projects. Life is so much easier with Chrome. No sending of files back and forth.