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

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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.

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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.

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. Kyle Myers
    May 30, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Use the extension "Tab Suspender". I set my suspension time to 5 minutes. It'll automatically suspend all open tabs that are not currently being used.

  2. Kyle Myers
    May 30, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I suggest different extensions, such as Tab Suspender. I set the time down to 5 minutes for the extension to suspend the all open/non-viewed tabs. All that is needed to reactivate it is a click of the mouse.

  3. Craig Williams
    July 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Kind of ironic that while I had this page open to check the Chrome usage, it was the memory/CPU hog.

    • SAM
      September 5, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      EXACTLY, and the back/tab history arrow shows a list of 12 "" pages, NONE of which I visited! Why? A 'hack' or trick to increase page rank?
      Causing the very annoyance the information is trying to reduce.
      I would drop a screen shot here of my list of 12 visited tabs if I could.

  4. Kjetil S.
    May 11, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Many tabs use much more CPU when they are the active tab (the one in focus in the chrome windows now). You can check that out for yourself with Shift-ESC.

    Just like Youtube streams video in the active tab and audio only in other inactive tabs (makes sense). At least this is what I think I see in Ubuntu/Linux, not sure about Windows or Mac.

  5. Jeremy Westerfield
    September 6, 2017 at 8:03 am

    "You will see a list of all tabs open in Chrome"
    Except that I don't. I have 33 tabs open right now, but Chrome's only showing me 18 processes. Do you know what could be causing this odd behavior?

    • Claudemir
      September 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Chrome halts some tabs to save cpu power.

  6. Dave D
    September 5, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the tip. On my MacBook Pro it's under Window -> Task Manager. The shortcut also doesn't work on OS X. Interestingly at 1.1GB this page was using the most memory in my list :)

  7. 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