People are loyal to their web browsers, and Google Chrome is certainly one with a dedicated following. But one of users’ biggest gripes with Chrome is its tendency to suck memory and slow down computers when tabs are left open.
A new Chrome extension fixes this by temporarily suspending any tabs you’re not using. You can even install it in less time than it takes to say Where has this been all my life 10 times.
The Great Suspender lets you manage when tabs should be put “to sleep” — anywhere from 20 seconds to three days. This means you can keep your email and 30 other tabs open in the background without slowing down your system, and then access those tabs again at any point.
Tabs you haven’t used in a while, depending on the time period you set, will turn blue and read “Tab suspended. Click to reload.” A quick click will bring it back to life.
You can also add any websites to a “whitelist,” which exempts certain pages from suspension no matter what (such as work email, Facebook and so on). Customization, either manual or automatic, can be tweaked, like the ability to only suspend tabs when connected to the Internet or if running on battery power.
It’s similar to other memory-saving extensions, including OneTab, but we like how The Great Suspender keeps tabs visible and accessible even when they aren’t active.
For power users, the extension’s tagline of helping to “make you a happier and more productive human” couldn’t be any more true.