Google’s Chrome browser can be left for days and days with multiple tabs and windows open without missing a beat. But all browsers, Chrome included, can slow over time and, for many, that means closing everything down (sometimes including the computer itself) and starting again – but there is an easier way.

Google Chrome browser

Chrome has a set of built in functions which can make life easier for users. While they aren’t widely publicised, they aren’t secret either.
These functions all follow the same format. So, where you typically start typing http:// or https:// for a webpage, with a Chrome function, you start with chrome://

If you are having kernel, plugin, extension or other issues which are causing Chrome to hang, with perpetual white screens and Not Responding messages, you can close the entire thing and get it to reopen with one simple command.

Just put your cursor in the top bar and type:

chrome://restart

Then wait. It may take a short time but Chrome will not only close all tabs, windows and processes but it will also reopen with all the same tabs and windows as before – it’s a great time saver. Once it has restarted, 99% of the time, you will find that any issues it had have been solved and Chrome is back to its zippy self.

Have you tried this Chrome restart tip? If so, did it work for you? Do you have other chrome:// functions that you find particularly useful? Share them in the comments below!

Written by James