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A faster Chrome, for everything you need to get done

November 17th, 2020

Today we’re offering up our final Chrome release of 2020. The updates can help you get things done this holiday season (and beyond), so you can make life’s work a bit smoother and reclaim precious time.

Faster to start, faster to load, and way more battery life

This month’s update represents the largest gain in Chrome performance in years, thanks to many under-the-hood improvements. Here’s what’s starting to roll out today:

  • Chrome now prioritizes your active tabs vs. everything that’s open—reducing CPU usage by up to 5x and extending battery life by up to 1.25 hours (based on our internal benchmarks).
  • Chrome now starts up to 25 percent faster, loads pages up to 7 percent faster, and does all of this using less power and RAM than before.
  • Chrome on Android now loads pages near instantaneously when you navigate backward and forward, making these common tasks super fast.

Tabs: pin ‘em, group ‘em, and now search ‘em

Many people use tabs to organize their stuff online—from read-worthy articles, to sources of inspiration, to everyday to-do’s. This range of utility is why you can pin tabs (for those go-to pages), send tabs to your other devices and even group tabs in Chrome. This month we’re adding tab search to the toolbox.

You’ll now be able to see a list of your open tabs—regardless of the window, they’re in—then quickly type to find the one you need. It’s search … for your tabs! The feature is coming first to Chromebooks, then to other desktop platforms soon.

Searching for a tab in Chrome
Even if you have multiple Chrome windows, you can find a tab no matter which window it’s in.

Taking action directly from the address bar

The address bar is one of those multi-sport athletes in Chrome: you can type a search, a URL, or just tap on a suggestion, and it gets you where you’d like to go. In fact, we call it the “omnibox” inside of Google (#TheMoreYouKnow).

In this release, we’re expanding what you can do in the address bar with Chrome Actions—a faster way to get things done with just a few keystrokes. For example: when you type “edit passwords,” or “delete history,” you can now take action directly from the bar. Our first set of actions—available initially on desktop—focuses on privacy and security, so you can increase your peace of mind in a few clicks.

Chrome Actions in the search bar
Our first set of Chrome Actions makes managing your privacy and security settings even easier.

A way to pick up where you left off

You know when you find that delicious recipe online, then you can’t find it again when it’s time to cook dinner? We’ve heard similar stories from lots of people, for lots of different scenarios.

To help you jump back into activities like planning a meal, researching a holiday gift, or winding down with a video, we’ll soon add cards to your new tab page in Chrome. Clicking on them will take you to recently-visited and related content on the web, and save you time in the process

Cards displaying recipes, shopping, and entertainment content
Cards in Chrome will help you pick up where you left off. They include recently-visited and related content, and they’ll start showing up for some users on the new tab page, underneath the shortcuts.

We’re starting with a few experiments in areas like cooking and shopping, and we plan to add entertainment early next year. This is a definitely a new type of experience in Chrome, so we welcome your feedback.

All of the above—plus some other features we’ll share on Twitter—is rolling out over the next few weeks. So stay tuned, and here’s to what’s next!