When developing websites or simply wanting to see why Chrome can be so slow, sometimes it’s useful to take a look under the hood. Chrome actually has many pages hidden from normal users to give the more advanced of us more information about how the browser is running and what information is holding.
As always before we poke into the insides of the browser don’t change values that you are unsure of because these could make the browser unusable or cause you all end of problems. Just be careful what you touch and use the information wisely and you’ll be just fine.
The Inner workings of Chrome
The first place to take a look at will be “Chrome://About” just type this into your browser and you will see all the hidden pages I have just mentioned. These range from information about how Chrome is running to actual flags that can be changed. These flags can make Chrome work better or make it slow down depending on their nature. Fans of Firefox will probably know that it has the same type of toys available.
Looking down the list you will see “Chrome://flags” this is the one where you can change advanced options for Chrome. Only change these if you are aware of what the effect will be, and make a note of what you changed in case you want to change it back at a later date. There quite a few nice options in there to play with to try improve performance.
“Chrome://Memory” is another nice feature. If you notice on the task manager Chrome can be quite a memory hog at times. The memory page tells you exactly what is going on with Chrome and its memory usage and what is taking up all the resources. It’s only statistics though but it can be useful if you are developing webpages and you want to see the memory effect.
“Chrome://Net-internals” is a more advanced page that shows network diagnostic information. It allows you to capture data and dump it into files so you can look at it in more detail. For the average users this is probably too complicated but it can be interesting to play around with. It’s nice to know it’s there though for if you ever find you need something like that.
To find more toys to play with explore the “Chrome://About” page, there are plenty there. Just have a play and see what you can find. Remember not to change values unless you are sure what they do though because these are the internal workings of Chrome which runs pretty stable already without any messing around with. Have fun just be cautious.