Tip of the Week: How to optimise Chrome.
Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. It is the go-to browser on PCs and on Android phones, as we know. Considering this, have you ever thought about optimising your experience on Chrome? Chrome is resource-intensive and as much as we love it, it can slow down the machine it’s being used on. I have experienced this and I was blaming everything but the browser! Having ruled out other causes, the browser was the only thing I hadn’t thought about. All is definitely not lost, a few simple tweaks and I am glad to say I haven’t experienced the lag since!
1. Update Google Chrome
This is the most obvious remedy and I know most of the time Chrome will update itself but not all of the time so check that you are using the latest version. The easiest way to do this is as follows: from Chrome, you can bring up the option to update by entering chrome://help in the address bar. Select yes and your Chrome browser will be up to date.
2. Remove unused extensions
Most of us will have extensions on Chrome. For some of us, we may not even realise it or have just forgotten about them. These extensions can slow down your PC so “use it or lose it” lads! In order to manage your extensions, you need to see exactly what extensions are being used. To see your Chrome extensions, you can either right-click the extension tray in the upper right-hand corner of the browser or access it by typing chrome://extensions into the address bar. Then you can remove the extensions you do not want/need.
3. Enable Prediction Services
In order to optimise the performance of Chrome, it is very important that you have the prediction services enabled as this will ensure that it’s using all of its services that allow for speed.
- Type chrome://settings/ in the address bar
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Show Advanced Settings"
- Find “Privacy and Security”
- Look for the option that reads “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar” as well as the one that says “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly”
- Toggle both on.
If you have any other suggestions about how you optimise Chrome or any other browser then feel free to share them below to help your fellow community members!
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