Back in 2015, Google added a useful new feature called ‘Tab Discarding’ to the Chrome web browser. As the name suggests, the feature automatically discards background tabs as the application begins to run low on available memory, thus reducing the memory space of Chrome without you having to close tabs or windows.
Now, Google is making some tweaks to the existing ‘Tab Discarding’ feature, thereby giving you more control over it. The Chrome 79 Canary comes with a new flag called ”Tab freeze,” where you’ll now have four options — Enabled, Enabled Freeze – No Unfreeze, Enabled Freeze – Unfreeze 10 seconds every 15 minutes, and Disabled.
Here is what these options mean
- Enabled Freeze -Unfreeze 10 seconds every 15 minutes
- If you select Enabled, tabs after 5 minutes of inactivity will automatically be frozen
- If you select the third option, frozen tabs get unfroze for 10 seconds every 15 minutes
- And if you select the fourth option, the frozen tabs won’t unfreeze
If you’re running Chrome 79 Canary and want to try the feature, all you have to do is visit chrome://flags, then you need to search for “free.” Now, you should see the ‘Tab Freeze’ flag, at the right of which you have a rectangular box, click on it and you’ll be offered the aforementioned options. Select an option that you think is best for you.