Unfreezing an unsaved frozen Scratch session

Image of frozen Scratch cat

If you keep losing valuable coding minutes because Scratch repeatedly crashes, here is a handy hint to bring it back to life.

This afternoon at Code Club (while doing the boat race project) we had lots of cases of Scratch crashing. Its not clear whether this is caused by underpowered Chromebooks, dodgy wifi or something else. If a code clubber doesn’t have a Scratch account it can be very frustrating as the whole Scratch interface freezes and it seems as though the only way to recover it is to refresh the browser tab. Doing this will lose the student’s work and if it keeps happening it can be very disheartening.

However, there is another way. It is possible to revive a frozen Scratch session and it’s really easy to do.

How to do it

All you need to do is click the Remix or Sign in buttons. This will popup a small window. Then, rather than actually signing in or Remixing the project, just click the X in the top right of the window to close it. You should find that Scratch is responding once again. Hooray!