Tame having dozens of open browser tabs in Chrome with the Great Suspender

By: ; Date: 2015-06-05 17:48

Tags: Chromebook » Google Chrome » Chrome

I'm now primarily using a Chromebook for all my work - which includes software development on Linux, thanks to having installed Crouton. Since the Chromebook has only 4GB of main memory, things are a little constrained. I'm accustomed to running dozens of open tabs and on the Chromebook what happens is tabs are killed off when memory runs low, and if you revisit the tab it might cause a complete reload. That'd been bugging me until I found a new tool that completely tames open browser tabs.

Yes... one should close unneeded tabs. All fifty of those open tabs are necessary. Trust me on this. I'm not an addict.

Anyway, what's this wonderful tool?

The Great Suspender - It's billed as automatically "suspending" unused tabs and freeing up resources.

Suspend? What that means is that after a browser tab has gone unused for some time, the tab metadata is saved somewhere and the process is killed off. Once the tab is put into that state, visiting the tab gives you this message:

Sure enough, you can click inside the tab window and the tab reloads. But don't do that unless you really need to revisit what's in the tab.

The effect is that you can have dozens of open tabs with no resource consumption, even on a memory constrained machine like a Chromebook. This ought to also greatly improve life on a traditional desktop or laptop computer.

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