January 05, 2010

Frozen tabs in Chrome

Every now and then a few web pages freeze on Chrome.  Especially Gmail.  I hate it when that happens.  But it's not a bug in Chrome itself.  It's a problem with the Flash plugin.  (This happens to me on my Ubuntu machine; I don't know if it's the same case in Windows too.)

When you see only a few web pages freezing and you think the freezing pages use Flash, just restart Flash and everything will be back to normal.  Here's how to do it:



  • Right click on the tab bar and choose Task Manager. Or press Shift+Esc.
  • Select the item Plugin: Shockwave Flash.
  • Press End process button.
  • You will have to refresh Gmail and any other frozen web pages.  If you see a yellow banner saying "The following plugin crashed" on any tab, refresh the tab, and the tab will reconnect with the crashed plugin.
That's it.  Now everything should be back to normal.  Until Flash goes mad again ;)

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