Google's popular Chrome browser started out speedy, but in recent years it slowed down as it got more features and the websites it displays got more complex. In addition, it's a bit of a memory hog, which can slow down your entire computer, and each tab you have open increases the problem.
Just the other day, someone in the office had their computer come to a stuttering halt and the cause turned out to be Chrome using 1.5 gigabytes of RAM, and 1.2 of those were just two tabs. Between Chrome and Windows, the computer didn't have space to do anything else. Fortunately, Google recognizes this problem and says the new version of Chrome is much better.
One of the key memory-saving features of Chrome 45 is how it handles restoring tabs. Traditionally, if you close Chrome with tabs open, it opens with those tabs so you can keep doing where you stopped. Unfortunately, loading that many sites at once drains computer resources.
In Chrome 45, it starts by loading the tabs you look at most frequently. If it sees your computer memory is getting full, it stops loading additional tabs until you look at them. Smart.
Google has also built Chrome 45 with better memory management. If Chrome detects that a webpage isn't doing anything, it will clean out any old, unneeded information from memory. Google says this reduces memory use by 10% on basic webpages, and up to 25% on complex websites like Gmail.
These changes are in addition to Google's decision to block "unimportant" Flash videos on websites automatically, such as Flash-based ads. Not only does this save loading time, Google says it improves your gadget's battery life.
To see if you're using Chrome 45, open Chrome and click the icon with three horizontal lines in the upper right corner. Select Help and About>>About Google Chrome. It will tell you the browser version and if there's an update available.
Have you noticed Chrome working any better since the latest update? Let us know in the comments.