Is your Google Chrome browser slow? Do you find yourself waiting for the Mac pinwheel or PC hourglass to stop loading every time you open up a new tag on Chrome? Chances are you have too many things running at once that is causing your Google Chrome browser to slow down. This typically happens when programs are utilizing too many resources like your computer’s memory or the CPU. The good news is that Chrome makes it very easy to check to see what is slowing down your browser and there are some quick fixes you can make to get your browser back up and running at normal speeds. We’re tired of seeing the pinwheels and hourglasses anyway, right?

Find the Speed Hogs

First things, first. Let’s see which processes are hogging up the most memory or CPU. For that simply, click on the “Wrench Icon” in Google Chrome. It’s on the upper right side of your browser:

Google Chrome Wrench Icon
Chrome Wrench Icon
  • Click “Tools”
  • Click “Task Manager”

You’ll now see a screen like this with all the resources taking up space on your browser. Not all of them are bad, but you just want to check to see if any of them are taking up more resources than you need. Note that the more tabs you have open at once, the more memory that is taken up.

Chrome Task Manager
Google Chrome Task Manager

If you wish to stop running any of these, simply click the “Task” in the menu and then “End Process”.

Check your Chrome Extensions

You may have installed a number of Chrome extensions at one point where you can disable them to help speed up your browser. A Google Chrome Extension is simply a lightweight program written by Google or any approved third party, that allows you to add useful features and functionality to your web browser. Almost all extensions are harmless and actually IMPROVE your overall experience with the web. In fact, our Chrome browser themes utilize an extension to help you run your favorite Chrome themes and provide other useful features. You’ll just want to check to see if you have any Extensions that you may not be using or never use, and delete them as they are taking up space. Here’s how to do that.

  • Click the “Wrench Icon” on Google Chrome
  • Click “Tools”
  • Click “Extensions”
Chrome Extensions Screen
Chrome Extensions Screen

You’ll see that I only have a few extensions enabled and none of them are taking up that much memory. If you don’t use any of these are want to free up some space, simply un-check the “Enabled” check box or click the garbage can icon to delete it completely.

Other Ways to Speed up Your Chrome Browser

  • Restart Your Browser – Sometimes it can be just as simple as restarting Chrome and seeing if that helps speed things up. We all need a break, even browser, right?
  • Empty your Cache – You visit hundreds of websites and your browser keeps a “memory” of those sites in the browser cache. Consider cleaning out your cache regularly to help make your Chrome browser run a bit faster.

We hope these were some useful tips on speeding up your Google Chrome browser. If you have any others or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.


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