6 Tips to Reduce Google Chrome’s Battery Usage

Google Chrome

Over 62% of the world’s PC owners use Google’s Chrome browser.

Although popular, it’s well known for sucking the life out of laptop batteries. You’ll be pleased to hear that Google is making efforts to improve this, but in the meantime, here are six tips that will get Chrome’s battery usage under control without sacrificing functionality.

1) Update Chrome

As with all OS, it’s important to keep Chrome up to date.

To check your version of Chrome is up to date, type “chrome://help/” into the address bar and hit enter.

You will then see a version number and a link to check for and install updates or a notice saying that Google Chrome is up to date.

2) Suspend those tabs

One of the best bits of the modern browser is the ability to have multiple tabs. One or two is fine, but when you end up with 20 or more open your battery pays the price.

Getting rid of tabs is a good start, but if you don’t want to change your usage, suspending tabs can be even better. To do this, you can use the Great Suspender tool. If you don’t use a tab for a few minutes, the device will unload it, removing its workload on your computer but keeping the tab there ready to go again when you need it. All you have to do is click on the tab to reload it and continue where you left off.

3) Remove unnecessary extensions

Extensions are part of what makes Chrome great, but each extension added to Chrome can increase its load on your computer, slowing it down and eating more battery life.

Type “chrome://extensions/” into the address bar and hit enter. Then all you have to do is click the box to either disable them or the bin icon to remove them entirely.

4) Stop Chrome running in the background

Even after closing Chrome, it might stick around, consuming power unnecessarily.

To stop it from happening on Windows, find the Chrome icon in your system tray on the right-hand side of the screen (usually hidden under the little arrow). Right click on it, and uncheck “Let Chrome run in the background”.

To then run all the web apps you might have installed, such as Hangouts or Signal, you’ll have to keep Chrome open. But at least when you close Chrome it will shut off.

5) Disable Google Drive offline access

Another tool Chrome uses for web apps that could be draining your battery life unnecessarily are background pages. One that is relatively heavy that you may or may not use or know you have enabled is Google Drive offline access for Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings.

To turn it off go to drive.google.com, click the settings cog in the right-hand corner and uncheck the box for Offline. You can re-enable it should you find you do need it at a later date.

6) Block Flash and make plugins click-to-play

Many of the most demanding and therefore battery-draining elements on a page require a plug-in to run, such as Adobe’s much-maligned Flash.

The easiest way to save battery with plugins is to make them request to run each time. Then you can click and run the ones you want on the page without letting any of the others run unnecessarily.

Type “chrome://settings/” into the address bar. Hit enter. Click the “Show advanced settings” link to expand the menu and click the box marked “Content Settings … ” under Privacy.

On the latest version of Chrome scroll to “Unsandboxed plug-in access” and make sure the box marked “Ask when a site wants to use a plug-in to access your computer” is checked. It’s also worth checking the box marked “Block sites from running Flash” under Flash, although you may use some sites and services that still require Flash – you can add these as exceptions.

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Source: The Guardian

 

Which Is The Best Browser For Your PC?

choosing the best browser

 

In the good old days, finding a browser was simple – your choice was either Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Since then the choice has ballooned with umpteen offerings out there catering for everyone’s foibles and habits.

So what’s the difference between them?

They all find and deliver web pages as quickly as possible, which makes finding the perfect one for you rather tricky. It will come down to personal preference in the end, but to help you choose we’ve put a list together of (what we see as) the top 5 browser offerings currently available.

Mozilla Firefox

A firm favourite, Firefox provides constant updates and high performance across all platforms. It’s intuitive and so ideal for beginners, but also caters for the more experienced surfer with its high level of customisation.

Google Chrome

If it’s got Google in its name, you know it’s going to be good. Google Chrome is a joy to use for surfers of all abilities. Simple, intuitive, it does exactly what you expect it to do.

Internet Explorer

If you’re a huge fan of Microsoft you’ll love Internet Explorer, but there is some breaking news. This old favourite is soon to be superseded by Spartan in Windows 10.

Opera

Opera is one of the newest browsers and offers a speedy service with a few extras thrown in to make it a real threat to the three big boys we’ve already talked about. It’s definitely work checking out.

Torch

This is a Chrome-based browser that comes with a range of cool tools already built-in, which means you don’t have to continually find add-ons.

Of course, that isn’t an exhaustive list, but it does cover the main players. The best way to find the right browser for you is to have a play with a few different ones to see which suits your style best.

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How to View Recent Webpages When Offline – Chrome and Firefox

How many times has this happened to you? You’ve been doing some online research (probably away from the office), lost connection, but need to get back to a webpage you’ve just been looking at.

You might think you’re stuffed and will now have to wait until you can get online again and start the whole process over, well not if you use Chrome or Firefox. Both browsers allow you to display content in their respective caches, although it doesn’t work for sites that provide live feeds, such as Facebook or Netflix.

Chrome

Chrome’s solution is still experimental, but here goes.

To get ready for offline mode in Chrome type into the URL address bar:

chrome://flags/#show-saved-copy

Then select Enable: Primary from the dropdown menu under the Enable Show Saved Copy Button heading.

Once that’s done, restart your browser for the feature to take effect.

To test it, take your PC offline and open a webpage from your recent browsing history. You should get Chrome’s offline error message—except now you’ll also see a Show saved copy button. Click that button and you’ll see the version of the webpage as it was when you were last online.

Firefox

With Firefox you can view pages from your cache by clicking on the menu “hamburger” icon on the upper right corner.

Then select Developer > Work Offline.

Firefox will now display the page you want as long as it’s in the browser’s cache.

That should make your life a little bit easier.

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Source: PCWorld