How to use the Google Chrome Task Manager

How to use the Google Chrome Task Manager

Last updated: April 22, 2019 

Long-time Windows users are familiar with the Windows Task Manager. Even your mother-in-law knows how to CTRL-ALT-DEL to kill a hung process from the Task Manager. But is Milly familiar with how to use the Google Chrome Task Manager? Probably not. The Chrome Task Manager can help to shine a light on which tab or extension is bogging down the browser. By default, it displays the memory and CPU consumed by each task, accompanied by the opportunity to end a specific process.

To access the Google Chrome Task Manager, launch Google Chrome. Next, right-click in the browser’s tab bar, and select Task Manager from within the right-click menu. Pressing the Shift+Esc keys while Chrome is in focus will also launch the browser’s Task Manager, as will Customize > More tools > Task manager.

Launch Task manager

The Google Chrome Task Manager launches in a separate window. The Task Manager lists each open tab and each active extension under the Task column.

Task manager End process

Five columns display by default (Task, Memory, CPU, Network, and Process ID).  The list of tasks is sortable by clicking on a column heading. If Chrome’s performance seems sluggish, you may find a task is consuming too much memory and/or CPU. Use the Task Manager to end a specific task without having to quit Chrome completely. To end a task, highlight the task in the list, and click the End process button at the base of the window. The task will no longer display in the Task Manager. In this example, we ended a Tab process, and the tab’s content no longer displays.

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The web address remains in the tab. If needed, click the blue Reload button in the window to reload the content that previously displayed.

Display More Information in the Task Manager

Other information can be displayed in the the Google Chrome Task Manager. To launch the list of columns you can add, right-click anywhere within the Task Manager window. In the menu, check the options you want to see in the Task Manager, or uncheck the ones you don’t.

Add columns to Task manager

Choose to display columns for Profile, Shared memory, Private memory, GDI handles, USER handles, Image cache, Script cache, CSS cache, GPU memory, SQLite memory, NaCl debug port, JavaScript memory, Idle wake ups, and Process priority.



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