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Tab overload slowing you down? Speed up your browsing with TGS for Chrome

Opening too many tabs in Chrome will drain your system of its resource. Free up some memory with The Great Suspender extension for a speedier browsing experience.

Tab browsing is an amazing tool for multitaskers and ADHD-prone Web surfers everywhere. But one of the most annoying things about using Google Chrome's tab feature is the massive amount of resources it sucks up. Even though we love the idea of multiple tabs, chances are we aren't looking at every one of them at the same time. And because Chrome opens every new tab as a separate process, your system is left with very little memory for anything else. The Great Suspender, a Chrome extension, aims to solve this problem by putting on hold the tabs you aren't actively working on.

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The extension essentially mini-bookmarks a site not currently being viewed and puts it in stasis. This consolidates any tabs you're not using into a single low-powered system process. TGS pauses the page from loading until you're ready to return to it. The extension offers a customizable timer for duration of tab inactivity before suspension. You can also whitelist specific pages like e-mails if you need them to be accessible at all times.

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Ever since installing The Great Suspender, I've watched my Physical Memory usage, generally at 80-90 percent, decrease by half. Overall, Chrome felt speedier even with a bunch of tabs opened. Of course the logical thing is to probably just close my ten plus YouTube videos running in the background, but that's too much of a hassle. Try out TGS and let us know what you think. It is much cheaper than running out to buy more RAM.

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