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I use Google Chrome and have specific settings for it and which apps I have downloaded for it. I use it with many of my computers (two laptops, desktop, phone, work desktop, etc.). I have a LOT of apps on my Google Chrome.

Now, my one laptop is slow and is only used for simple tasks like getting on the internet and surfing the web. When I open Chrome, it, of course, runs ALL the apps I downloaded and loads EVERYTHING. Just the very task of opening Chrome, takes a while, let alone opening multiple tabs. Now, this laptop is only being used for simple tasks and more than half the stuff I have downloaded on Chrome, I don't use on this laptop.

Is there anyway on Chrome to remove some of those apps ONLY on the Chrome browser on my slow laptop?

I would like of other computers that use Chrome, to continue syncing with whatever I do, but only have one computer that is "partially" synced.

I'm figuring that if I don't have as many apps running in the background, that it won't suck up much of the CPU, so I can do some other small tasks at a reasonable speed.

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In Chrome on your slow laptop, open Advanced sync settings (chrome://settings/syncSetup), change from "Sync everything" to "Choose what to sync", and uncheck anything you do not want to sync to the laptop. This will only affect the laptop where you change these settings.

Chrome Advanced sync settings

After unchecking "Apps" in this list, you will experience the following behavior:

  • Any apps you install on another computer will not automatically install on the slow laptop.
  • Any apps you install on the slow laptop will not automatically install on your other computers.
  • Any apps you remove from another computer will not automatically be removed from the slow laptop.
  • Any apps you remove from the slow laptop will not automatically be removed from your other computers.
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