A while back, Google Chrome added a little nice feature that shows up a speaker icon on any tabs that were playing music. And it’s made my life a lot easier to hunt down a site that’s been playing loud ads music without my consent. Well, there is actually an experiment feature available in Chrome that makes things even better, a speaker with a mute button.
And here is how.
Type chrome://flags into the address bar, and hit Enter. Do a quick search on “muting ui” to locate a setting called “Enable tab audio muting UI control“.
Click Enable, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and hit Relaunch Now button to restart the browser.
Now, let’s open a YouTube video and see if we have this mute button to mute the audio from playing.
Nice. Clicking the speaker button now will mute the audio and the tab will be muted. Personally, I really like it. I’d take the risk to keep this experiment feature on until it’s available in the stable version.
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Last updated: 02/19/2015