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How to Reduce Memory Usage in Chrome

If you use Chrome and notice your computer slowing down, you're not alone — Google's browser has a bit of a reputation for eating up RAM. If you're anything like me and have multiple tabs open at a time, you may be wondering how to use Chrome without consuming all of your computer's memory. If you don't want to use Chrome's built-in task manager all the time, there are some extensions that can help you out.

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Option 1: The Great Suspender

The Great Suspender places your apps in stasis, pausing them if you haven't used them in a while. With one click, you can bring a page back from suspension and have memory allocated to tabs that are actually being used. Here's how:

1. Click Add to Chrome on The Great Suspender in the Chrome Web Store.

2. Click Settings on the resulting page.

3. Fill out your settings, including how long to wait before suspending tabs, which tabs to whitelist and whether or not to suspend pinned tabs. Click Save Settings at the bottom of the page.

4. Click in the blue box to make suspended tabs active again. They will refresh and be available to use.

Option 2: OneTab

1. Click Add to Chrome on OneTab in the Chrome Web Store.

2. Click on the funnel button among your extensions in the top right of the browser.

3. Your tabs will be rolled into one tab directory. Click on a link to put it in a separate tab, or click Restore All to put them all in new tabs. Having all of your links in one tab should reduce memory usage.

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Andrew joined Laptopmag.com in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE.