How To: Speed Up Your Chrome By Enabling Hardware Acceleration

Unless you're using the latest version of Google Chrome, you're not probably enjoying the nice speed boost of turning on hardware acceleration. Hardware acceleration, in its simplest term, is a technique used to improve both the speed and quality of playback of flash/media files embedded on web pages. Hardware acceleration makes your web browsing whole lot faster by utilizing Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) of your computer instead of CPU -- that definitely is the advantage of hardware acceleration.

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This short tutorial will walk you through to 5 easy steps to speed up your Google Chrome browser by enabling Hardware Acceleration and Pre-Rendering of webpages. If you used to frequent a lot to graphic-intensive websites (e.g. YouTube) at slow shared internet connection, this post is for you.

Follow this step-by-step guide on how to speed up your Chrome browser by enabling hardware acceleration and pre-rendering:

Step 1 On the address bar, type "about:flags" (without quotes) and hit enter.

Step 2 Scroll down and click on enable link under GPU Accelerated Compositing

Step 3 Just below that, also click on enable link under GPU Accelerated Canvas 2D.

Note: If you're using Chrome 11, 'GPU Accelerated Compositing' is activated by default. For Mac users, you can only enable GPU Accelerated Compositing; GPU Accelerated Canvas 2D is not yet available.

Step 4 Scroll down a little, and click on enable Web Page Prerendering.

Step 5 Finally, hit the Restart button at the bottom of the page.

You're done!