With the release of Google Chrome 57 comes more speed, more security and more features. But no matter what the Google Chrome team tries to do, websites continue to bombard users with information and data – a lot of which is non-essential to the browsing experience. The sum effect of all this is that your browser feels sluggish despite being inherently fast, like Google Chrome 57.

Fortunately, there are several useful tools and tricks to ensure a much faster browsing experience to be able to truly appreciate the agility of Google Chrome 57.

We published an article last week to show you how to save up to 50 percent on cellular data with Chrome on Android devices. Today, let’s talk about the desktop experience and how to get the most out of Google Chrome 57.

First of all, if you haven’t yet updated your browser to Google Chrome 57 – or you’re not sure if you did – then do the following:

On your Chrome browser, go to Settings > About and see what version you’re currently on. If it says “Version 57.x.xxxx.xx” then you’re on the latest version. If not, the update should automatically download, and then give you the option to relaunch Chrome to complete the updates.

Incidentally, that’s the first way to ensure that you’re getting the best browser speed possible. These major updates typically bring in a lot more speed and stability, not to mention greater security. Always keeping your browser up-to-date should be a given, not an option.

The second method is to use a Google Chrome extension to control the content that websites try to stuff into your browser. One such extension is Ghostery, which is more of a service and content manager rather than a traditional ad-blocker. Using Ghostery, you can be rid of auto-play videos, irritating pop-ups and a lot of similar stuff that slows down your browser.

The third way is to limit the number of open tabs you have at any given time. This can cause a serious resource crunch, especially when you’re moving rapidly between several applications. I have to admit: this is one of my biggest weaknesses when I’m researching a topic for an article. I typically have about 15-20 tabs open at the same time. Actually, that’s history now. I’ve now added a Chrome extension called Check Later List. It’s a free extension and doesn’t have any bells and whistles, but it’s much easier to use than even bookmarks. More importantly, it works great for me.

You can probably find equivalent extensions for just about anything, so I urge you to spend some time on the Chrome store browsing around for the right ones.

While these three methods can pretty much speed up any version of Chrome, your best bet, as I said earlier, is to be on the latest version, which is Google Chrome 57 until the next major update drops.

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