The internet these days is filled with video advertisements. If you have multiple tabs open, it can be difficult to know which tab is making all the noise. Google is working on a neat trick through which we can know which tab is playing audio, and then mute that specific tab (instead of the whole laptop). Here’s how to enable the tab mute feature on Chrome.
First, you should know that Chrome has a tiny speaker icon on the right end of the tab that’s sending audio output. Here’s how it looks.
Hence, when you look at all your tabs, you can easily tell which one is playing audio by looking out for the speaker symbol.
To stop the audio output, you could just close the specific tab that’s playing audio. However, what if you want to mute that specific tab without closing it? Google Chrome has a hidden ‘Tab Mute’ feature through which you can do just that.
- Go to chrome://flags using your Google Chrome address bar.
- Press Ctrl + F to open the search box. This box will turn up on the top right corner of the screen.
- Type ‘mute’ in the box. That will take you to the first instance of the word ‘mute’ on the page. It should look like this.
- Under the ‘Tab audio muting UI control’, click the blue ‘Enable’ button.
- Once you click Enable, click on the ‘Restart Now’ button that appears.
This will restart Chrome, and the tab mute feature will be enabled. To use this feature, all you have to do is to click on the speaker icon on the tab with audio output. For example, here’s how it will look if a Youtube video is playing on the background.
If you click on the speaker icon on the Youtube tab, the tab will be muted and its audio output will be cut off. The speaker icon also changes to display that the tab has been muted.
This is how you can enable and use the Tab Mute feature on Chrome OS. It can come in pretty handy whenever you want to shut off audio for a tab without muting the whole laptop.