When the Google Chrome browser was first introduced to the public, it was a lightweight and nimble program that impressed everyone with its speed and low system requirements. Several years have passed since then, and Chrome has quietly grown to the 14th version. Gradually, he acquired all the new functions, support for all the latest web technologies and turned into a real monster, the installation files of which weigh more than 80 MB. Of course, this versatility comes at a price, and Chrome is no longer as fast as it was when it was young. However, the “extra fat” can be easily removed and speed up your browser using a few simple methods.
1. Follow the start page
Chrome can launch very quickly, no doubt about that. However, restoring the last session or opening a heavy page on browser startup can significantly slow down the start. When installing, many applications strive to install their home page in your browser, so make sure that the item is selected in the Chrome settings in the initial group settings Open the main page, which should be set to the quick access page.
2. Use a minimum of extensions.
Thousands and thousands of extensions for Chrome can significantly expand its functionality, make it more convenient and beautiful. However, do not forget that each extension runs in a separate process, which consumes certain, and sometimes quite significant, memory and processor resources. therefore revise your list of extensions and leave only those you really need… By the way, here you need to remember the ability of many extensions to work in the background, even after closing the browser. If you have a weak computer, then this function can be disabled.
3. Use the default theme.
You can, of course, paint your browser like a Christmas tree if your soul requires a holiday. However, for day-to-day work, it’s best to use the default theme. All extraneous graphics, and even more so animations, slow down the launch and consume system resources.
4. Turn on experimental features.
The developers are constantly working on improving the browser, but not all new features have passed the final testing. You can enable some of these features to speed up the program. To do this, type in the address bar about: flags and the experimental features page will open in front of you. You should pay attention to the following points:
- Overriding the program-renderer list – allows you to use graphics acceleration even on older video cards;
- GPU processing of all pages – enables GPU acceleration on all pages, not just those containing the corresponding layers;
- GPU Accelerated Canvas 2D – acceleration of 2D graphics using the GPU;
- Pre-process from Omnibox – background loading of pages when entering an address or a search query.
5. Optimize your settings
Google Chrome has a powerful system of settings, some of them can speed up its performance a little. Open up Parameters and go to the tab Advanced… Here you can enable the option Predict network actions to speed up page loading, and also disable Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google. If you are an experienced user and are not afraid of phishing fakes, then it is better to turn off the item Enable phishing and malware protection., which will somewhat speed up page loading due to the absence of the need to check the security of each address.
6. Disable plug-ins.
Modern web services can use a variety of technologies in their work, such as Java, Flash, Silverlight. Support for these standards is implemented in the browser as plug-ins. It is far from the fact that all of them will be used by you constantly, but they use system resources. So open Parametersthen the tab Advanced, click the button Content settings and find the link Disable individual modules… Experiment with its contents, leaving only what you really need.
7. Use launch with parameters.
The Chrome browser can be launched with special parameters, enabling or disabling certain functions. To do this, open the properties of the shortcut on the Desktop to launch the program and add the required command. A complete list of all parameters can be found on this page, and we would like to draw your attention to the following options:
- -disable-dev-tools — disables developer tools;
- -disable-java — disabling Java, which is currently rarely used on sites;
- -disable-logging — disabling logging;
- -disable-metrics-system – disable the collection of browser usage statistics.
8. Periodic cleaning of the cache.
The browser saves the graphics from the pages you download in a cache on your hard drive so that when you visit the page again, it loads faster. However, over time, this cache grows so much that it starts to slow down the program. Therefore, it will be useful to clear the contents of the cache every few days. This can be done in the program settings by clicking on the button Delete browsing data.
9. Use keyboard shortcuts.
Yes, take the time and finally learn the keyboard shortcuts for working in Google Chrome. This really speeds up the work in the program, especially since many of us spend many hours on the Internet. A complete list of hotkeys can be found here.
10. Try preview builds
The Chrome browser is growing at a tremendous pace, so the developers have implemented several update channels: Stable (stable), Beta (beta), Developer (for developers) and Canary (experimental). Perhaps the new features you’ll find in the preview versions of the browser will help you speed up its performance even further.
You can download these browser builds here.
You can read more about browser cache here.
This article does not contain step-by-step instructions or a literal guide to action. The methods contained in this article require meaningful individual application and experimental testing on each system – something will improve the performance of the browser, others will not show the intended results. So try, experiment and share your impressions in the comments.