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Speed up Google Chrome

You can make Chrome work faster for you by following these tips. 

Step 1: Update Chrome

Chrome works faster on your computer when you're on the latest version. Update Google Chrome.

Step 2: 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 Close.
  • For Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + w.
  • For Mac, use the keyboard shortcut ⌘ + w.

Step 3: 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.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then More tools and then Extensions.
  3. To turn off an extension, uncheck the box next to "Enabled." 
  4. To delete an extension you don't want anymore, click Remove Remove.

Learn more about managing extensions.

Step 4: 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 open.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, check the box next to "Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly."

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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