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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, untick the box next to "Enabled". 
  4. To delete an extension that you don't want anymore, click Remove Remove.

Find out more about managing extensions.

Step 4: Turn off unwanted plugins on your computer

Plug-ins let you do more with Chrome on your computer, such as view Flash animations or PDF documents. If you're not using all your plug-ins, you can turn them off to speed up Chrome.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type chrome://plugins/ and press Enter.
  3. To turn off plug-ins, click Disable.

Find out more about managing plug-ins.

Step 5: Make sure page prefetch is on

You can turn on network action predictions (prefetch) to make Google Chrome open web pages faster. When on, Chrome preloads the links that 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, tick 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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