Chrome tips

5 ways to turn Chrome into a screamingly fast browser

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Has Google Chrome become slow and sluggish for you Here are five ways to turn it back into a blazingly fast browser.

Run plug-ins only when you need them

Chrome plug-ins run content from the web, including Adobe Flash among others. A problem is that they run in the background even when you don't need them, taking up CPU cycles and RAM and slowing down Chrome. You can tell Chrome to run them only when they're needed. To do it, click the Chrome menu button on the upper right of the browser and select Settings-->Show advanced settings-->Content settings, then scroll down to the Plug-Ins section. Then select "Let me choose when to run plugin content" and click Done. From then on, the plug-ins won't run automatically in the background. When you see content that needs a plugin it will appear as a puzzle piece. Right-click it, then select "Run this plug-in" if you want to see the content.

Give Chrome more system memory

Changing a little-known Chrome setting can speed it up by giving it more of your system memory. First, type this into the address bar: chrome://flags/#max-tiles-for-interest-area. Then change the default to 512. That's it. Speedier browsing will follow.

Remove or disable extensions

Extensions are add-ins that do all kinds of nifty things. They can also do something un-nifty -- slow down Chrome. If you've used Chrome a while, you probably have a lot of extensions, many of which you no longer use. So remove or disable them. To do it, click the Menu button and select More Tools-->Extensions. Uncheck the box next to any extensions you want to disable. If you're prefer to remove it entirely, click the trash can icon to remove it.

Kill RAM-heavy processes

As you're using Chrome, there are plenty of processes running in the background. Those that use a lot of memory can slow things down. To see all of your running processes and the RAM each uses, when you're in Chrome press Shift-Esc. That brings up Chrome's Task Manager. Look for processes that use a lot of RAM. Select any and select "End process" on the bottom of the screen to stop it running. Note that you should first do a Web search about any process you kill, to make sure that you know what you're killing before you do it.

Close open tabs

As you browse throughout the day, you probably keep opening new tabs. Each of those tabs uses up memory and slows down Chrome. Throughout the day, close tabs you're not using -- you'll be amazed at how much faster Chrome will become.

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