Update: The article was originally written for the great suspender Chrome extension. However, it is now removed from the Webstore due to malware and malpractices.
Google Chrome is the most popular browser of all time; it is hard to switch to other browsers once you like Chrome. Apart from a faster experience, Chrome has great UI, which makes it more convenient for users.
But if you keep opening more and more tabs or new Window, then it becomes slow and sluggish. Opening too many tabs takes more system resources resulting in slower browsing speed.
However, memory usages totally depend on your browsing style. Tabbed browsing on computers having less RAM, like 3 -4 GB, is the real pain. You may face different issues and errors while you perform tabbed browsing.
High memory usage may cause chrome to get hung, crash, aw snap, and other kinds of errors.
While searching for different topics, particular information, and completing assignments, we all open too many tabs on Chrome, which sometimes takes much time to load or freezes up the entire browser, and most probably, you get an error that Google Chrome is not responding.
“The great suspender” was an ultimate extension to reduce the memory and CPU usage of already opened pages, but now they are gone for good.
The Great Suspender Alternatives
Here are some of the top alternatives to the great suspender.
One of the top alternatives to the great suspender to make tabbed browsing easier. It has features to manage your tabs and reduce tab overflow.
It has the following features:-
- Back up un-intensionally closed tabs from Chrome local storage.
- Instantly search for tabs.
- Tab sorting by domain, time, and title.
- Preview tab content.
- It can suspend idle tabs to save system resources.
- Remember recently closed tabs.
2. Tab Outliner
Tab Outliner is another extension to free RAM memory and CPU on your computer. It is a next-generation session manager, a tab manager, and tree-like personal information manager.
It helps you to reduce the open tabs count and save the tab data even if the tab is suspended.
It is useful when you have tons of Google Chrome Tabs open and slow down Chrome. Tab Outliner manages each tab in a way that reduces resource usage.
With over 2 million installs, OneTab is another alternative to the great suspender. It is helpful to reduce memory usage and declutter the tabs. The way it works is quite impressive.
If there are multiple tabs open, then just click on the extension icon, and it will convert them to one tab. There are websites that use tons of scripts, and OneTab can reduce the CPU-intensive scripts to save resources.
Users have reported that it helps the computer to wake from sleep mode quickly.
How to use these plugins to reduce memory usage
You can install any of these extensions as per your choice, or you can check them one by one and find which works best for you.
After adding the extension, it starts working automatically. You just have to click on the extension icon. You can pin the shortcut to the chrome option bar/
Some extensions offer you to whitelist a website if you don’t want to suspend it. Check the extension settings to find more options.
Adding these extensions to Chrome helps you to do tabbed browsing without using high system resources, and these extensions take negligible system resources themselves.
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