The time-saving new Chrome characteristic may destroy your PC, warns Google

Google Chrome is working hard on a new way to speed up reopening of closed tabs, but it probably won’t be worth turning on anytime soon. That’s because the new feature, which is being tested by Chrome users around the world, is currently rated as “very experimental”. According to Google, it is in a very early stage of development and it will inevitably cause damage to your PC.

As it stands, Chrome users who accidentally close a tab they need to revisit can click the Reopen Closed Tab item in the menu, or Ctrl + Shift + T (or Cmd + Shift + T if you have a Use Mac). This will bring the last tab back into place and reload the website. In some cases, such as filling out an online form, all of the details may not be returned with the tab … but it’s a good place to start nonetheless.

With its experimental new feature, Google wants to make reloading closed tabs faster than ever. To do this, the Mountain View-based company uses the same technology that allows you to switch between pages almost instantly using the back and forward buttons in the browser.

Called the Back Forward Cache feature, this would return a closed tab at the same speed as jumping back a page in Chrome.

Of course, it’ll take up more memory keeping details about all of the currently open tabs – just in case you accidentally close one – than the current approach, which reloads the page as if you were navigating there for the first time.

Despite warnings that there will be breaks for anyone testing the new Beta feature, it’s now available in Chrome Canary. This web browser has experimental and work in progress features for those who want to try them out. The new feature is called Closed Tab Cache.

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