Chrome browser is one of the most trending google product with great and appealing user experience. It is clear that over 60% internet users are have made chrome their browsing platform and the world has impressed it. Despite being the best, it comes with a bug that is sometime hectic to user experience. Chrome tends to be memory intensive. When opening multiple tabs sometimes slows down the processing power of the computer especially when running on low memory computer like 2GB RAM. Chrome will always regard all tabs as active tabs regardless tab you currently accessing. This makes some to fear installing the application not that it bad but not manageable.

With great impact of innovation in technology, this chrome situation can be managed by the user. Currently you can avoid all this chrome behaviors by suspending inactive tabs. In this article, we are going to discuss on The-Great-Suspender, effective tool that you can use to suspend chrome tabs, freeing up memory for your computer.

The Great Suspender

This is an open source, light extension that is used to reduce chrome from over utilizing computers resources (RAM and CPU) when you have multiple tabs open at the same time. Helps in automatically suspending tabs that have not been accessed after a specific amount time of you choice to configure. Is freely available in chrome store.

Features of The Great Suspender include:

  • Suspends and unsuspend selected tab or all at once.
  • Restore all tabs or only one that is needed.
  • Suspends open tabs by scheduling or by one single click to save memory.
  • Is a community based application, built from open source code for full transparency.
  • Has capability to enable you whitelist URLs or domains that no-longer want to be suspended by the extension.
  • Detects live pages such as user input forms and audio playing tabs to prevent them from being suspended. This saves user from loosing data or doing unnecessary repetitions.

How to install The Great Suspender

Great suspender is available on chrome store which makes it easier to install and configure in your browser. Disadvantage with chrome web store is that it could be having older versions which in turn may be vulnerable to attack. It is therefore best practice to get latest latest available from the source.

Step 1: Download The Great Suspender

First, download the latest file to your preferred folder. The link downloads the latest version as of this writing

Step 2: Configure the Great Suspender on Chrome

  • Go to chrome, click the three dots on top right corner.
  • From the drop down navigate to more tools then select extensions.

On the next window top right, enable developer mode. Select “Load unpacked” which will guide to directory where you downloaded great suspender installation file.

Welcome page will pop up confirming that installation is complete and successful . You will be provided with initial configurations thus is your choice to decide how you want it to work or leave to default.

Step 3: Settings and configurations

You can customize great suspender according to how you would like it to server you in an appropriate manner. Check the screenshots below:

For settings:

  • sign

More on settings:

On session management:

This is an important part especially when upgrading or downgrading the current version. Great Suspender keeps a record of all your current tabs and to view them just click on the + sign. If you want to uninstall to install another version, it is recommended you backup your tabs by exporting them to your local storage. After a successful change-over you can revert to your previous active tabs by simply importing ones you had backed up earlier.

Great Suspender keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard configurations enables you to choose a combination of keys you can be using to perform a specific task on the behavior of the extension. As per the below diagram, they have given you options or action to be effected once you apply the combination you will choose.

Try the Great Suspender for your Chrome to avoid the moments when chrome browser hangs due to high memory utilization. Personally I have a lot of those moments and it can be really annoying having to restart your machine every time it happens. I hope this guide helps you in configuring the Great suspender on your chrome browser. Check related guides below