How to Turn on/off GPU Hardware Acceleration on IE/Chrome/Firefox

Posted by Britt Duncan - July 15, 2014

By making use of the PC’s graphic card, the installed Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome performs better in streaming videos, presenting games, displaying animations and more. But, on the other side, it may drag down the PC performance. Therefore, you cay turn on or off the GPU hardware acceleration feature on your web browser accordingly based on your need. Here is how.

For Google Chrome users:

1. Open up Chrome, in the address bar , enter chrome://flag and tap Enter.


2. A page will open up automatically. Afterwards, navigate to the bottom where you will see the CPU composing on all pages session . Click on the drop-down menu and select Disable/Default option to turn off/on this function respectively.


3. After making the changes, don’t forget to click on the Relaunch button to take effect the changes.


For Mozilla Firefox users:

1. Launch Firefox on your PC and click menu tab. Select Options from the menu list and then Options again in the submenu.


2. After the Options dialogue appears, go to Advance tab. At the browsing session, tick or tick off the check-box before Use hardware acceleration when available option to enable/disable the function accordingly.



3. Tap OK on the lower part of the dialogue box. Restart Firefox to check the effectiveness.



For Internet Explorer users:

1. Click Tools from the menu bar of Internet Explorer and select Internet Options from the list.


2. Once the dialogue opens up, switch to Advanced tab. Find the Accelerated graphics session and mark/un-mark the check-box before Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering option to disable/enable the hardware acceleration when available as you wish.


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