How To Windows By Vikas R. Srivastava / March 24, 2015 Share Tweet Pin Share Memory management in computer system is a very crucial task which every operating system does to run the processes faster and operate it efficiently. The amount of free available memory affects dramatically to the performance of the system. However here i am giving you a very handy tip to reduce RAM utilization by any running application. Actually this is a simple trick to free up or release the memory resources by a application which is running but currently you are not working on it. Steps to do this and also realize it by you are given below : Start any application, say Word . Open some large documents in it. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open Windows Task Manager. Click Processes tab and sort the list in descending order (by clicking on the header of memory column) on Memory Usage . Look for “WINWORD.EXE”, you will notice that “WINWORD.EXE” will be somewhere at the top and using multiple MBs of memory. Now switch to Word and simply minimise it. (Don’t use the minimise All Windows option of the task bar). Now go back to the Windows Task Manager and see where “WINWORD.EXE” is listed. Most probably you will not find it at the top. You will typically have to scroll to the bottom of the list to find Word . Now check out the amount of RAM it is using. Surprised? The memory utilisation has reduced by a huge amount. Minimise each application that you are currently not working on by clicking on the Minimise button & you can increase the amount of available RAM by a substantial margin. Depending upon the number and type of applications you use together, the difference can be as much as 50 percent of extra RAM. Theory Behind This: In any multitasking system, minimising an application means that it won’t be utilised by the user right now. Therefore, the operating system automatically makes the application use virtual memory & keeps bare minimum amounts of the code in physical RAM. If you liked this trick, please take some time to like and share it. You can subscribe us by your email to make every post delivered to you directly in your inbox.