Speed ​​up your computer with this simple Google Chrome extension


No one likes working on a slow computer, but finding the cause (or a fix) can be tricky. If Google’s Chrome browser is your favorite way to browse the internet, chances are it’s to blame.

The browser is known to require a large amount of resources, and this is due to the way it works. Chrome allocates RAM to each open tab. So if you have a handful of tabs open, it can hurt performance.

But there is a way to take the strain off your patience and your computer. Read on for an extension that can speed up your browsing sessions.

Here is the backstory

Assigning a set amount of RAM to each open tab is Chrome’s way of doing things. Other browsers require fewer resources because they allocate RAM to the browser program, not tabs. This is why your browsing may slow down, but not your computer.

But Chrome is like a hungry hippopotamus, munching up available memory and leaving very little for the rest of the components. So while you can switch to another browser, it’s not always the most convenient thing.

An indie developer apparently also had enough of Chrome’s appetite and did something about it. This is where Auto Tab Discard comes in. The free extension is designed to make Chrome suspend open tabs, diverting resources to the current tab.

Essentially, suspended tabs become inactive until you need to access them. But that comes with a caveat. The cache of unused tabs is deleted from your browser, so you need to reload it. This can take a few seconds, so it’s not faster than a simple change.

What can you do about it

The ability to suspend open tabs isn’t new, as other browsers, like Microsoft’s Edge, do this natively. But the extension will come in handy for those who prefer to work on Chrome.

Here’s how to get the extension:

  • Access the Auto Tab Discard page.
  • Click the button that says Add to Chrome.
  • Once downloaded, the extension is ready to use.
  • If it’s not enabled by default, click the puzzle piece in the top right corner next to your profile picture.
  • Installed extensions are displayed here. Click on Manage extensions.
  • Locate the Auto Tab Discard tab on the page and toggle the switch to the right to enable it.

Several options are available for the extension, such as the ability to remove a pinned tab when media is playing or when your computer is under load. You can also add websites to a whitelist that will never be suspended.

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