On a typical day I’m running three Google Chrome windows, a music player, Skype, and a few Explorer windows. Oh… did I mention each Chrome window has somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 tabs?
You might be wondering why one would have that many tabs open in the first place. In which case this means you are not somebody who has issues with a slow computer due to excessive Chrome tabs.
Now, if you are like me and you do have that many tabs open (digital hoarders?) then Chrome might be using as much as 50% or more of your computer resources (RAM). This happens because Chrome requires resources to keep that many tabs open and up to date.
Your typical computer resource allocation with nothing running is somewhere in the 20% to 50% range. This means that a 50% increase puts you close to 100% resource capacity or in other words, your computer is now crawling!
After a bit of research I found a few different ways to manage your Chrome tabs and after experimenting with a few I settled on the winner. The winner is The Great Suspender.
This useful tool puts to sleep any tabs that are not active/used. You can set the time threshold for when tabs go to sleep and I’ve found that ten minutes works for me. Plus, you can white list certain tabs. In my case, email and my calendar are both white listed so those tabs never go to sleep. Tabs that go to sleep looks like this:
My results? My computer resource usage (RAM) decreased from ~90% to ~50%. This is almost like having a new computer. Before this performance boost I was considering upgrading my hardware. A cost of around $800.
You can go into the settings to set the sleep threshold, as well as right click on any page to put it to sleep.
So, if you – like me – run a lot of tabs, you might want to give The Great Suspender a test drive. Oh, did I mention it’s FREE? If you decide to give it a test drive, let us know how it goes.