Chromebooks’ lightweight software ensures that they last years — even on budget hardware.

But even the best Chromebooks have an expiration date, and at some point, Google Chrome’s demanding tasks will take a toll on their performance.

Your first step to boosting your Chromebook’s performance is to track what’s bogging it down. You can do this from Chrome OS’s task manager. Press the Search and Esc keys together to launch it.

Inside the task manager, you’ll find a list of all the active apps and processes on your Chromebook. Click the “CPU” column to sort the list by the highest CPU usage.

If your Chromebook runs on an Intel chip, there’s a hidden way to get more out of the CPU. It’s called hyper-threading, and it allows your computer to run multiple processes side by side on a core.

On your Chromebook, you also have the option to offload some of the CPU’s load onto the GPU. Since this technique exhausts more energy, it’s turned off out-of-the-box on your Chromebook.

As a Chromebook owner, there’s a good chance open tabs and windows account for the majority of your workload.

Your Chromebook regularly depends on the temporary data it creates for instantly loading your most accessed apps and websites.