Google Chrome Tip: How To Add A Native Mute Button on Tab

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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“.

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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.

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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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