Welcome to Quick Fix! It’s been a while since I did one of these, so I thought I’d share something that has been frustrating me for a while now. As before I will put the problem, in bold, at the top of the post. The bottom will have the solution in bold. That way, if you don’t want to read the “What”, “Why”, and “How”, then you can just skip to the bottom.
This week is more of a workaround, dealing with slow startup with Chrome browser for Windows.
PROBLEM: Chrome takes too long, sometimes minutes, to start up!
This annoying problem started months ago and has been causing me nothing but grief! When I start up my laptop for the first time, I don’t want to have to wait 10 minutes before I can reach a website, and I shouldn’t have to either.
The problem doesn’t seem to be Chrome exactly, but how long it takes to start up extensions. We all know that the more extensions installed, the slower the browser will be, but this problem happens regardless of the number of extensions!
First thing’s first, you should make sure this is the problem your having. Boot your computer up and open Chrome then try to navigate to a webpage. On the bottom left, it’ll give you a notice that it’s waiting for an extension. Some extensions only take mere seconds (still too long), but some of the more popular ones, like AdBlock, can actually take MINUTES! If this is what you’re experiencing, read on.
Now you could simply disable/delete all the extensions, causing there to be nothing that Chrome needs to wait for, but many extensions have become very useful and disabling them isn’t really an option. But I have a work around that will get you up and on a website faster than you can say “F*%K CHROME!” (Trust me, Chrome is still the way to go, still much faster than Firefox or *shivers* Internet Explorer)
The workaround is simple, when you open the browser for the first time, type in a website, anything will work as long as you let the browser start to ‘warm up’ as I call it. While you wait, open up a new Incognito Window from the menu and you’ll be able to instantly go to any website without waiting. Once the first Chrome window is done loading, you can switch back to it and all your extensions!
I know this isn’t exactly a fix, but it saves me time when all I really need to do is check my email, movie times, or a message from someone. The reason Incognito Window works is because, by default, all the extensions are disabled. In order for this workaround to work, you have to keep them that way.
WORKAROUND/SOLUTION: WHEN OPENING CHROME FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BOOT, USE INCOGNITO WINDOW WHILE LETTING THE ORIGINAL CHROME WINDOW ‘WARM UP’, THEN SWITCH BACK.