Learn how to manage the memory and CPU that occupy the tabs and extensions of Google Chrome

If your computer is having problems in its performance, it is probably because of the large number of tabs that you keep open. Learn how to manage them with Google Chrome and other services.

Over the years, Web browsers have become very robust applications that go beyond being simple means to view content on the Internet, and they can even expand their functionality with the help of extensions. Google Chrome is now the most popular browser that exists, so it is interesting and necessary to know its operation to learn to get the most out of it, without interfering with the performance of your computer.

While it is true that with each update Google has done everything possible to reduce the use of RAM and CPU, we as users also have the opportunity to perform certain tasks that allow our team to continue working without any problem. Before you need to explain how tabs and extensions work in your Google browser.

Google Chrome is not exactly the lightest browser, any task that we perform within it will occupy RAM memory and CPU, the latter having more interference with energy consumption. Imagine the RAM memory as your personal suitcase, has a limited space that you can occupy with various objects, all with different size and weight. At a certain point that suitcase will fill up and gain a weight that you will probably not be able to carry easily, it all depends on what you have stored inside.

The RAM of your computer works in a very similar way when working with Web browsers (and almost any application). Each tab and extension you use is occupying space in memory, and if you have too many open you could generate that saturate to the point that the team acts like a real turtle. Do you notice that your computer is too slow? Check the browser, it’s probably the root of the problem.

Fortunately, Chrome provides us with a task pane where we can verify the use of RAM and CPU of each tab and extension in use, being able to verify which are those that are consuming a greater number of resources. To access the mentioned panel, simply click on the three-point button located in the upper-right corner of the browser. Clicking will display a menu with various options where you can find “more tools ” and finally “task Manager. ”

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Once you open the panel, you’ll see something like this:

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You can identify a panel with up to five columns, the first of which will tell us the tabs (identified by the website) and extensions that we have active at that time. Below each website you could see a series of links that do not show any icons to identify them and also use resources, do not panic, are threads linked to the web that you keep open. On your right we see the column of “Memory space ” and CPU, which are what interest us in this article. By clicking on any of the titles in these columns you can see that the panel will order from higher to lower (or vice versa when you click again) the tabs and extensions that more RAM memory or CPU consume.

This way we will realize what are those websites and extensions that have no mercy in taking the resources of the team. As mentioned above, CPU consumption is also important, as it is related to the energy consumption of the computer. If you have a laptop, the most CPU-consuming tab is also very responsible for your battery life. The Chrome Task Manager will allow us to close the tabs and extensions that we want to click on them and then press the “End Process ” button.


We recommend that you do the exercise of opening in each tab the sites you usually visit during the day and you yourself verify which are the most resources used.

It is very simple to say that the best option is to update the computer with more RAM, which implies an expense, but now you can also make good management of tabs and extensions to avoid problems of slowness. It removes all those extensions that you don’t usually use, because they still consume resources even if they are not in use.

Close those tabs that you’re not using. If you need your information for later in the day or for another occasion, it is best to use bookmarking services like Pocket or Raindrop, you can even use the bookmark manager that already includes Chrome and that is synchronized with your Google account.

Another option is to make use of OneTab, one of the best extensions of Chrome. With it you can group all the tabs that you have open in one, at the reach of a click. OneTab will organize them by date so you never lose the organization of your tabs.

There are a wide variety of options that we can use to save resources on the computer, try the one you like or with which you feel more at ease, but always give its due importance to the management of tabs and extensions to the browser, can be the key to maintain good performance on your computer.

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