If you’re reading this in Google Chrome, and the odds are 1 in 3 that you are, it should come as no surprise that it’s one of the best web browsers available today. The thing is, like all modern browsers, it can quickly turn into a resource hog. This is especially true if you’re web surfing habits resemble mine. You start out by clicking on an article about Richard the Lionheart, 10 links and 10 tabs later, you’re reading a guide called “How to Make Sugar Rockets”. By your 10th or 15th tab, sooner on an older PC, you notice that your computer starts resembling a 486 with a 28.8k connection. When you reach this point, you have two options.
Option one, bookmark or close any momentarily unused tabs, turning tasks like research into a headache. Option two, add The Great Suspender Chrome extension.
The Great Suspender stops tabs from running in the background when you’re not viewing them. Normally that would mean closing them, but in this case they’re simply suspended. This way they’re a click away and use little to no system resources, freeing it up for other tasks.
Here’s how you install and set it up.
First you’ll need to visit the Google Chrome Webstore and add the extension, this link will redirect you there. If you’re reading this article sometime in the future, or the link doesn’t work for some reason, go to www.google.com and search for “The Great Suspender Chrome Extension”. The page you’re redirected to should look like the one below. Click on the “Free” icon in the right hand side corner.
A popup should appear asking you to confirm the new extension, click on the Add thumbnail.
You’re now greeted by the extensions welcome page, read it. Pay extra attention to the part that mentions unsuspending all your tabs before removing the extension, to avoid closing them.
Next, click the Great Suspender icon located next to the address bar, in the top right corner of your browser. A vertical list appears with four buttons. The first button suspends the current page you are on, the second suspends all of the pages in your browsing session, the third reloads all of them (unsuspends them) and the last one is the settings menu.
Let’s go on ahead and suspend a page. The suspended page will have a yellow ribbon at the top. In this ribbon you’ll find the name of the website, its address and a message prompting you to reload or add the website to the whitelist – more on that later on.
Unsuspend the page and view its content by clicking anywhere inside the window.
There’s a whole lot more you can do with this extension. We’ll look at more of the features in part 2 of this article.