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Google Chrome Performance Tweak Guide - Make the Browser Great Again (Page 1)

Google Chrome Performance Tweak Guide - Make the Browser Great Again

Remember when Google Chrome was great? It was fast and we loved it. We show you how to make it fast again and less of a memory/resource hog.

Cameron Wilmot | Sep 25, 2015 at 01:10 pm CDT - 2 mins, 45 secs reading time for this page

Let's make it great again!

Google Chrome Performance Tweak Guide - Make the Browser Great Again 1 |

We all remember when Google Chrome was a great web browser, right? It was just awesome and fast and seemingly every person, and their dog was making the switch from either Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer. I was one of those people; I remember jumping on the Chrome bandwagon at v5 or v6 and never looking back. Well, that was until the past few months.

Google has been hard at work at releasing version after version continuously for a long while, with each new version that's pushed to you getting new features and improvements along the way. However, somewhere along the line, and this is my opinion, Google lost its focus on creating a browser that is all about performance, and instead focused more on features. Now, don't get me wrong, features are mostly great, but not if they come at the cost of performance. It's kind of like you've always (or should have) been told, don't clog up your OS install with too much crap. The more crap you add, the slower your computer will become as it has more things to load, process, and store in memory. I'm not saying Google's new Chrome features are bad, but they have contributed overall to slowing things down.

We all rely greatly on our web browsers on a daily basis. We spend hours a day inside one, and if they aren't performing up to scratch, they're going to leave you at times wanting to pull your hair out. Not only that, if the browser is crashing, or websites are slow to load or function, we are wasting time. It was this concern that very almost nearly made me ditch Google Chrome. But, I didn't want to, because besides the performance issues, I still really like Chrome; I had gotten used to it, and it is now part of work and personal life. So, I decided there must be a way to make it faster. After all, you're reading the words of the founder of TweakTown. We got our feet off the ground and readers flowing in well over ten years ago thanks to a series of tweaking guides to make your computer faster.

Long story short, I won. After searching the Internet long and hard, I found plenty of information to make Google's browser great again. I'm not going to pretend to be a Google Chrome performance enhancing expert. But, it's been over 24 hours now since I applied the below tweaks and tips, and I'm now a happy man again with a Google Chrome browser. It's far better than it was just yesterday. I'd say it's almost close to how it was back in the day when life was great with it. So, we'll start off with the essential basic tips, and then go further under the hood and tweak Chrome to get it back up to speed for you.

NOTE: This guide is based on using Google Chrome v45 for Windows. Over time, exact setting locations and wordings may change or be removed, but things shouldn't change too much. Keep this in mind if you are using a newer version.

The first tips and tweaks start on the next page.

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Cameron Wilmot

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Cameron Wilmot

Cameron founded TweakTown in 1999 after it originally started off as his personal homepage. Cameron was once, many years ago, the only person at TweakTown producing content, but nowadays, he spends his time ensuring TweakTown operates at its best in his senior management role.

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