How to Identify Which Chrome Tabs Are Wasting RAM and CPU Resources
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Chrome can be a real memory hog, 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.

You can stop background tabs from using up precious RAM, keep an eye out for RAM-hungry extensions, or you can very easily identify specific tabs you have open that are contributing the most to Chrome’s memory usage.

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. 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.

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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