How to Save Memory While Managing Google Chrome Tabs
Since its release in late 2008, Google Chrome has been known for its speed. Despite being the newest major web browser, Chrome’s quick launching, minimal interface, and massive extension library have bought it a loyal user base that helped Google dethrone Microsoft’s aging Internet Explorer as the most-used web browser in the world.
However, Google Chrome’s famous speed comes at the cost of heavy memory usage, which can bog down systems with low amounts of RAM installed, leaving other running programs sluggish or cause the browser to crash.
For students and other web-heavy users, having 20 or more tabs open can happen quickly after beginning research (or simply browsing for LOLcats). This may not only leave your system running slow, but a large amount of tabs will cause page titles to be obscured and leave you guessing which tab is which.
The Great Suspender is one such solution for tab-addicted users with limited memory. It’s a Chrome extension that works to manage active tabs by automatically stopping a tab after a certain amount of time.
Once a tab is stopped, or “suspended,” as the extension calls it, the website’s tab icon will be shown grayed out and the content of the tab will be replaced with a yellow banner displaying information about the suspended tab. You can add the website to the extension’s whitelist from here or click the banner to simply reload the tab.
Suspension time can be set as low as five minutes for heavy users and up to 12 hours for the desk-sleepers out there looking to save their computer from overnight stress. Manual suspension is possible by clicking the extension’s icon in the top-right corner and choosing either the current tab or all tabs. A “reload all tabs” button is also available through this menu.
OneTab is another extension that works to keep Chrome’s memory-eating powers at bay. It works by closing all tabs and creating a list in one new tab of pages open in the previous session. From there, tabs can be selectively restored as needed.
The best feature OneTab has to offer is its organization of different sessions and its tracking of the time that each took place. For those looking to organize content based upon subject during research, this is an incredible way to do so without managing separate windows full of tabs.
OneTab also has an incredible sharing ability that students working in groups may find invaluable. In the top-right corner of the page created by OneTab are links to share sessions online and to import or export a list of webpages. This gives group members a quick way to share resources with one another without the hassle of pasting link after link into emails or instant message clients.
HackCollege’s Tyler Mangrum recently posted a tip on Chrome’s “Pin Tab” feature, which keeps important tabs separate from others by sticking them on the far left side of tab navigation for easy access.
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