RAM (Random Access Memory) or Memory are the same thing. If you’re not a computer geek like me then know that this is NOT your Hard Drive. Hard drives store files, RAM remembers things. That’s as plain as I can put it.

Okay, I like fast browsing. Heck, who doesn’t, right? I’ve tried all of the major browsers except Microsoft’s EDGE browser. Chrome is still my favorite. While I am not a big fan of Googles politics, I am also not one to protest things. I don’t have time for that.

Google G-Suite and Google Chrome are good to me and my business.

I like everything they do and how they do it. it seems like every online CRM out there has two way integration with G-Suite. G-suite is the easiest way to sync all your devices for mail, calendar and contacts etc etc. We won’t even mention all of the Cloud Applications being used through a browser now.

As cloud apps are on the rise we have to change the way we look at the resources on our laptops and desktops to stay in step.

So, politics aside, Google is good for business.

That said, Google Chrome has quite an appetite for computer memory. it can EAT UP RAM like nothing you have ever seen. At first glance it is a little disturbing until you understand more about whats going on. So, I looked into it and thought I’d share what I have learned.

Seeing that huge number in Task Manager’s Memory column can make you think you are about to crash, but your not. Slow down maybe but not crash. FREE RAM is useless RAM. RAM exists for a reason: if your computer can store lots of stuff in its short-term memory, then it can recall those things quickly later on. And if your computer doesn’t end up needing that stuff, it will toss it away to make room for other programs that need those resources. If that RAM is empty, it isn’t being used, and you aren’t getting those improvements.

Using lots of RAM can be a bad thing when it is constantly used up it can slow down your system. If what you’re doing needs more RAM than your computer has to offer, it’ll start swapping some of that short-term memory to your computer’s hard drive, which is much slower.

Chrome splits every tab, plugin, and extension into its own process. They do this so if one thing crashes, like Adobe Flash, it doesn’t bring down the whole web page, or all your tabs at once. This explains the higher memory (aka RAM) usage, since it has to duplicate some tasks for every tab.

So, the more tabs, extensions, and plugins you have open, installed, and running, the more memory Chrome is going to use. There are also things going on in the background of chrome too that will use some memory.

They do this with the user in mind and I like that. It is very convenient to browse this way and like I said FAST is GOOD. Yes, it is a memory hog but I would not want it any other way.

How to keep a check on Chrome and Memory Usage

As you download and install Apps and Extensions for Chrome you add to it’s appetite for RAM. Here is a little trick to see exactly what Chrome is doing with your memory. If you see anything you are no longer using go uninstall it or remove it from Chrome.

By pressing SHIFT + ESC on your keyboard you can bring up the Task Manager for Chrome only. Make sure you still need all of these things running.

Remember on your next computer or laptop purchase to add a little extra RAM, I know I will.

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