Speed up Google Chrome
You can make Chrome work faster for you by following these tips.
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Close any unused tabs
The more tabs you have open, the harder Chrome has to work. Closing unneeded tabs frees up resources for your computer.
To close a tab:
- On the tab, click Close .
- For Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+W.
- For Mac, use the keyboard shortcut ⌘+W.
Turn off or remove unwanted extensions on your computer
Extensions are small programs you can add to Chrome on your computer that let you do more. If you're not using all your extensions, you can turn them off to speed up Chrome.
- Open Chrome on your computer.
- In the top right, click Menu .
- Click More tools > Extensions.
- To turn off extensions, uncheck the Enabled box.
- To delete extensions you don't want anymore, click Remove .
Learn more about managing extensions.
Turn off unwanted plugins on your computer
Plugins let you do more with Chrome on your computer, like view Flash animations or PDF documents. If you're not using all your plugins, you can turn them off to speed up Chrome.
- Open Chrome.
- In the address bar, type
chrome://plugins/and press Enter.
- To turn off plugins, click Disable.
Learn more about managing plugins.
Make sure page prefetch is on
You can turn on network action predictions (prefetch) to make Google Chrome open webpages faster. When on, Chrome preloads the links you might click on your computer or Android device.
- Open Chrome.
- In the top right, click the Menu .
- Click Settings.
- At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
- In the "Privacy" section, check "Prefetch resources to load pages more quickly.”
- Open Chrome .
- Tap More > Settings.
- Under "Advanced," tap Privacy.
- Tap to check the box next to "Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly."
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