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June 1, 2015 / carlispina

Improve Chrome’s Functionality With The Great Suspender

Regular readers of my blog probably know that I am always interested in options that make it possible to keep multiple browser tabs open without slowing my computer down. One of my favorites is One Tab, but I was intrigued when I read about a new option for Chrome users called The Great Suspender. Unlike One Tab, this tool suspends inactive tabs rather than closing them.

The free Chrome browser extension can be installed with a click without the need to restart the browser. Once you have installed the extension, it will automatically prompt you to go to the settings page to customize your experience with the extension. You can opt to have tabs suspended at any point between 20 seconds and three days when not in use. From the settings page, you can also specify if there are certain tabs that should never be suspended or that you would like to only suspend tabs under certain situations, such as if you are running on battery or are connected to the internet. At this point, you can decide if you would like tabs to automatically become active when you refocus on them rather than waiting for a reload or if you would like to grab screenshots of pages before they are suspended. The settings page is also where you can find information that is tracked about your sessions, including what links you had open.

The Great Suspender Screenshot

Once a tab is suspended, if you click on it you will see a message telling you what the page is and that you can click to reload it (assuming that you haven’t specified that tabs automatically reload when focused on). The page also allows you to automatically whitelist this URL for the future so that it won’t be suspended at a later date. Some users have commented that the reload takes too much time, but I have found it to be no slower than a typical reload and definitely worth the memory savings that can be achieved, at least in my case. If you are a Chrome user who finds that the browser slows down your computer, this extension is worth a try.

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