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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 stop unwanted processes

Turn off or delete unwanted extensions

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.
    • Turn off an extension: Uncheck the box next to "Enabled." 
    • Delete an extension: Click Remove Remove.

Learn more about managing extensions.

Stop unwanted tasks

Look for tasks you no longer need that are using a lot of resources, like a video or an app.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Select More tools and then Task Manager.
  4. Click “Memory” to sort tasks by memory usage.
    • Tip: Look for any items labeled "Background page."
  5. Select the task you want to close.
  6. Click End Process.
    • Note: Any unsaved work in your task will be lost.

Step 4: Let Chrome open pages faster

You can turn on network action predictions ("page prefetch") to make Google Chrome open webpages faster. When the setting is 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 Advanced.
  4. In the "Privacy and security" section, turn on Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly.

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