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How to Use Google Chrome Task Manager in Windows

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How to Use Google Chrome Task Manager in Windows

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One of the great aspects of Google Chrome lies in its multi-process architecture, which allows tabs to run as separate processes. These processes are independent of the main thread, which means that a crashed or hung Web page does not have to result in your entire browser shutting down.

Sometimes Chrome may lag or act strange and you aren't sure which tab or tabs are the culprit. This is where the browser's integrated Task Manager comes in handy. Chrome Task Manager not only gives you the ability to view the CPU, memory, and network usage of each open tab and plug-in; it also allows you to kill individual processes with a simple click of the mouse, similar to the Windows OS Task Manager. This tutorial shows you how to use Chrome Task Manager to your advantage.

First, open your Chrome browser.

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