FIX: Not enough memory to open this page in Google Chrome

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  • To fix this problem, you need to turn off hardware acceleration and disable nonessential extensions.
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Some Chrome tabs might display a Not enough memory to open this page error message when users try to open a specific webpage.

Consequently, the page doesn’t open in the browser. That error message usually means that there isn’t enough free RAM to open a webpage, which might include extensive multimedia elements such as videos, animations, etc.

An alternative error message states, Google Chrome ran out of memory while trying to display this page. These are a few resolutions that might fix those Chrome errors.

How do I fix Not enough memory to open this page error?

  1. Close Page Tabs and Disable Browser Extensions
  2. Expand Page Filing
  3. Clear Chrome’s Cache
  4. Turn Off Hardware Acceleration

1. Close tabs and disable browser extensions

  1. Press the Customize Google Chrome button.
  2. Click More tools > Extensions to open the tab shown directly below.
  3. Then click all the extension switch buttons to turn off the add-ons. Alternatively, users can press the Remove button to delete the extensions.
  4. Restart Chrome after turning the extensions off. Then try opening the page that didn’t open before.

Users should also close other third-party programs. To do that, right-click the taskbar to select Task Manager. Then users can close listed programs on the Processes tab by right-clicking them and selecting End task.

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2. Expand page filing

  1. Open Cortana by pressing the Type here to search button on the taskbar.
  2. Enter advanced system settings in the search box. Then click View advanced system settings to open the window shown directly below.
  3. Select the Advanced tab.
  4. Press the Settings button to open the window below.
  5. Then click the Advanced tab on the Performance Options window.
  6. Press the Change button to open the window in the shot directly below.
  7. Deselect the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives option.
  8. Select the Custom size radio button.
  9. Now enter a figure in the Initial size text that eclipses the Recommended and Currently allocated values shown at the bottom of the window.
  10. Users can enter the same number in the Maximum size text box as the one input in the Initial size box. Alternatively, enter a higher value in the Maximum size text box.
  11. Press the Set button, and then click OK  to close the window.

3. Clear Chrome’s cache

  1. Clearing Chrome’s cache can often fix page display errors. To do that, click the Customize Google Chrome button.
  2. Select More tools and Clear browsing data to open the window in the snapshot directly below.
  3. Select the Cached images and files option.
  4. In addition, click the Cookies and other site data check box.
  5. Select All time on the Time range drop-down menu.
  6. Then press the Clear data option.

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4. Turn off hardware acceleration

  1. Enter chrome://settings/ in Google Chrome‘s URL bar, and press the Return key.
  2. Click Advanced to expand the Settings tab.
  3. Then toggle the Use hardware acceleration when available option off.
  4. Restart Google Chrome.

Those are some of the potential resolutions for the Not enough memory to open this page error. Note that the above resolutions might also fix other page crashes in Google Chrome.

FAQ: Learn more about Google Chrome

  • How do I fix not enough memory to open this page?

To fix Not enough memory to open this page error in Chrome, be sure to close unnecessary tabs. In addition, disable all browser extensions that you don’t use actively.

  • How do I fix Chrome out of memory?

To fix memory problems in Chrome, be sure to close all unnecessary applications and clear Chrome’s cache.

  • Why is Chrome taking up so much memory?

Chrome takes so much memory because every open tab, extension, and plugin is running as a separate process on your PC.

  • How do I optimize Chrome?

To optimize Chrome, be sure to disable all extensions that you don’t use actively. In addition, clear your cache frequently in Chrome.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.