How to use Chrome Task Manager

chrome task manager

If you have been using a Windows PC for quite some time, you may have come across the term Task Manager a number of times and might have also used it to close background running apps or force shut the apps that are causing trouble.

Most of the operating systems have a built-in task manager that lets you see all the different processes, programs and services that are running on your computer currently. It can be used to monitor the performance of your computer, to close a program that is not responding properly, to see how much memory and CPU different web pages and extensions are using. It is also useful to see the extensions or pages that are causing your browser to slow down or use too much memory.

The chrome task manager

One of the most convenient and user-friendly features of google chrome is the built-in task manager. The google chrome task manager like any other task manager allows us to end all troublesome tabs and extensions and see how much memory and CPU the webpages and extensions are using while the browser is running. It can also be helpful to figure out why your chrome browser is running slow or freezing a lot. You can easily find the pages and extensions causing those troubles using the chrome task manager.

Using it is quite simple and easy. Just follow the steps given below.

How to open the chrome task manager

To open the chrome task manager all you have to do is click on the more button or the “three dots“, go over to “More tools” and then click on the Task Manager option.

You can also press Shift+Esc on Windows or Search+Esc on Chrome OS as an alternative.

chrome task manager

You may see a list of all tabs, extensions, and processes that are running in the browser now that you’ve successfully accessed the task manager.

How to end any troublesome processes?

Ending troublesome processes from this menu can come in handy when an extension or tab is not responding properly or stops responding altogether. You can do this by clicking on the process and then selecting “End Process”.

To kill more than one process at a time just hold down the Shift or Ctrl key or the Command key on mac to highlight multiple processes from the list and then hit the “End Process” button.

How to view which resources tasks are using?

You can also use the chrome task manager to view which resources each of the tasks are using up since chrome has over 20 categories that you can add as new columns. All you have to do is right-click on a task and a context menu will appear with a list full of available stats you can choose from.

You can click on any additional categories to add them to the task manager. Categories with a checkmark beside them are the ones that are already displayed. To remove a specific stat click on the category to remove the checkmark.

You can also sort the columns by clicking on a heading.

If you double click on a tab, subframe or extension in the chrome task manager, the chrome browser will directly send you to the settings page for that extension. 

Knowing how to use the chrome task manager can make your browsing experience quite convenient and hassle-free. Once you get the hang of it you will see it is quite easy and will make your chrome browser a lot easier to handle and keep in control. Give it a shot now and see if you are able to resolve the issues that you may have been facing.

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