As you must have noticed, Google Chrome Browser creates a bunch of processes when it is running on your computer. Let us take a look at why Chrome creates so many Processes and How to Disable Multiple Chrome Processes on your computer.
Why Chrome Browser Creates Multiple Processes
Unlike other browsers, Google Chrome Browser has been designed to create an individual process for every Tab, Plugin, and Extension that you use on your computer.
This design is based on the concept of preventing complete browser failure, if something goes wrong. For example, let us assume that you open your favourite website on Chrome browser, this website will remain active and accessible in its own tab, even if you open multiple other websites and one of them turns out to be buggy and crashes.
By separating each Tab and Extension into a separate process, Chrome browser can remain active even if any tab/tabs need to be closed.
Disable Multiple Chrome Processes In Windows 10
Once you understand the reason for Multiple Chrome Browser Processes on your computer, you may not really want to disable Multiple Chrome Processes on your computer, unless it becomes necessary.
Disabling Chrome browser Processes may become necessary in case Multiple Chrome Processes end up consuming excessive % of RAM on your computer. This can happen if you are opening multiple tabs while browsing the internet and using too many Chrome Extensions and Plugins on your computer.
In case you find the Chrome Browser slow or buggy, you can limit or Disable Multiple Chrome Processes on your computer by using any of the following methods.
- Using Google Chrome Task Manager.
- By Stopping Chrome Background Processes
- Set Chrome Browser to Open Single Process For Multiple Tabs
- Use Less Tabs and Extensions
Kill Chrome Processes Using Chrome Task Manager
Google Chrome browser has its own built-in Task Manager which allows you to see each Chrome Process running on your computer. In case required, you can use the Chrome Task Manager to view and close any Chrome Process on your computer.
1. Click on the 3-line Chrome Settings Icon in the upper-right corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu click on More Tools and then click on Task Manager option in the side menu that appears (See image below)
2. On the Chrome Task Manager, click on any Chrome Process that you want to shut down and then click on the End Process button.
This will close the selected Chrome Process, preventing it from using resources on your computer.
Stop Chrome Background Processes
Even if you close down Chrome browser, it will still continue to run Processes in the background. This happens when you install Chrome Plugins and Chrome Extension with a default tendency to continue running in the background.
Luckily, you can prevent Google Chrome from running Processes in the background by following the steps below.
1. Click on the 3-line Chrome Browser Settings Icon located at the top right corner of your screen and then click on Settings in the drop-down menu.
2. On the Settings screen, scroll down and click on Show advanced settings… link located at the bottom of the page.
3. In the expanded Settings screen, uncheck the option for Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed located under “System” Section (See image below).
This will prevent Google Chrome Browser from running any Processes in the background.
Set Chrome Browser to Open Single Process For Multiple Tabs
In case you do not want Chrome to open a new process for every single tab, it is possible to setup Google Chrome browser on your Windows 10 computer to create only a single Process, even if you open Multiple tabs on your computer.
1. Right-click on the Google Chrome Icon in your Start Menu and then click on Properties option. In case the Chrome Icon is on the Taskbar of your computer, right-click on Chrome Icon, right-click on Google Chrome and then click on Properties (See image below)
2. On the Chrome Properties screen, click on the Target text box and scroll to the end of the line. Insert the phrase –process-per-site after the end of the text which is currently in the Target box.
Note: There needs to be a single space before –process-per-site
3. Click on Apply and OK to close Chrome Properties Screen.
In case you notice any issues after making this change, simply remove the parameter (–process-per-site) from the shortcut and everything will be back to normal.
This method of making Chrome Browser to open a single Process for multiple tabs works best for those users who have the habit of opening a large number of tabs from the same website.
Use Less Tabs & Extensions
Another way of preventing Chrome Browser from running Multiple Processes on your Computer is to simply use fewer Tabs, Extensions and Plugins.
Delete all the unnecessary Plugins and Extensions and avoid opening multiple tabs. Instead of opening multiple tabs, you can get used to bookmarking web pages on your computer.