12 Apps of Christmas-Day 3- The Great Suspender

Day 1 – Hemmingway App (Writing help)
Day 2 – PollEverywhere (PowerPoint audience participation add-in)
Day 3 – The Great Suspender (Chrome add-in)

Too many browser tabs. If you’re anything like me, by the end of the day you have somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,375 browser tabs open. (I’m only slightly exaggerating.) But even if you  have 10 or even only5 tabs open, you might start to notice things slowing down. In browsers like Chrome, the more browser tabs you have open the more of your computer’s resources you’re tying up.

This week I’d like to share a super handy way to take control of all those extra tabs and keep your computer running at top speed. Enter  The Great Suspender add-in for Google Chrome.

This light-weight browser addition lets you keep all the tabs you want open in your browser, but frees up their content from memory. When you revisit a suspended tab it will look like this:


You can even configure it to work exactly the way you want.
Tabs can auto-suspend after a configurable period of time or tabs can be suspended manually. You can whitelist certain sites so they will not be suspended and there are a bunch of other options you can explore too.


If you use more than just a couple browser tabs at a time you should give it a try. You’ll be glad you did!

Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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