Google Chrome comes with countless features that make it the most popular browser. But did you know that it has a built-in task manager?
Chrome uses a multi-process architecture, so your open tabs can run as individual processes. When your browser malfunctions and freezes or lags, it can be difficult to identify the extension or browser causing the problem.
This is where Chrome’s Task Manager helps you. Besides monitoring your system resources, it allows you to terminate individual processes, so you can get your browser working again without restarting it.
How to Access Chrome’s Task Manager
There are two methods you can use to launch the task manager.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the After icon in the upper right corner. Then go to More tools and select Task Manager.
Or use the Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut if you are using a Windows computer. For a Chromebook, tap the Search + Esc key combination.
How to Use Google Chrome Task Manager
Google Chrome is notorious for hogging your system resources. The task manager is therefore the ideal tool to closely monitor the processes of Chrome.
Once you launch Task Manager, it will show a list of your open tabs, processes, and installed extensions. Also, it will show you information about each of them, such as how much memory they are using, process ID, or network activity.
If you notice that any of the tabs or extensions is consuming too much system resources, select it and click Final process. If you notice a dodgy Google Chrome extension, double-click it. This will take you to the installed extensions menu, where you can remove them from your browser.
If you need to end other processes, press and hold Gap Where CTRL to select multiple tasks.
Get more information about Chrome from Task Manager
By default, Task Manager doesn’t show much information about running processes, so it may not be enough to troubleshoot the most common Chrome errors. However, you can configure the information displayed by the Chrome Task Manager.
Chrome’s Task Manager lets you sort categories by clicking on its header. For example, you can find out which process is using a lot of your GPU’s memory.
Monitor Chrome Processes with Task Manager
Chrome’s Task Manager is a great tool if you need to free up some of your system resources. If Google Chrome crashes or freezes often and closing a few processes with task manager is not enough, you should try more advanced fixes.