Get Better Memory Performance in Opera 12
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:13:47 PM
One of the great things about Opera is that it works on all sorts of computers and operating systems.From a shiny new machine with lots of bells and whistles to a very basic setup, Opera makes the most of the resources you have by default. That includes memory. When you have lots of memory, Opera will use larger portions of it to make your browsing faster. But if you think Opera is using too much memory relative to the amount you have available, we have a couple of quick and easy tips you can try.
Check to see if it's really a memory problem.
Type opera:cpu in the address field of the browser and press Enter. Doing this will show you the amount of CPU usage that's being taken up by various processes that have been going on in the browser, such as tabs and extensions.
Cut down on the excess
If you tend to just keep opening new tabs as you browse, that could be slowing you down. There are two different extensions in the add-ons catalog that can help with this problem. One is Tab Counter, which shows you right in the menu bar how many tabs you have open at the current moment. The second one, No Dupes, will tell you if you have any duplicate tabs of the same website open.
Optimize your preferences
Here's an easy one: clean up your browser data! Go to Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Storage. You can also clear your browsing cache and cookies to further speed up page loading.
Plug-ins on demand
Last but not least, while you're in Advanced Preferences, go to the Content tab and select "plug-ins on demand" to cut down on the memory used by plug-in content.
Do you have any tips of your own you'd like to share? Tell us in the comments!