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How to mute audio tabs of Chrome desktop browser

There are times when you are in a meeting or working, and suddenly the music starts playing from one of the tabs on your Google Chrome browser. You have forgotten to plug in your headphones and next t

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There are times when you are in a meeting or working, and suddenly the music starts playing from one of the tabs on your Google Chrome browser. You have forgotten to plug in your headphones and next thing is people around you staring as if you’ve done something really terrible. And if not in official meetings, there are those annoying ads that start playing automatically. Well, Google has finally addressed this issue by launching an easy two-click process to mute the audio in individual tabs of its Chrome browser.

The feature that was earlier available for the developer channel has now made it to the stable version of Google Chrome for Windows, Chrome OS and Linux. While the earlier version of Google Chrome alerted you about the tabs that are playing audio, you can now click on the icon to mute or unmute. However, for that you’ll need to dig a bit into the browser’s hidden settings.

The feature was made available in the Chrome 46 version and was first spotted by The Verge. It is the same version that also removed the voice trigger for ‘OK Google.’ There are two ways with which you can mute the audio of Chrome tabs.

Mozilla is also adding a similar feature on its browser, which will display a speaker icon on the tab that has been playing some audio. The feature, currently in Firefox 42 Beta, allows you to mute and unmute the individual tab with a single click.

How to mute audio in Chrome tabs

Using Dropdown: By default, all users who are on Chrome version 46 can right-click on the tab and click on mute button to mute a particular tab. To check whether or not you are on the latest version, you can tap on the three lines (menu) on the top right corner of the browser > Help and About > About Google Chrome.

Using Audio Icon: It is a bit tricky as you will have to enable this feature from the hidden settings menu under Chrome flags page. To do this, enter ‘chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting’ into the address bar. Here, enable the very first option, ‘Enable tab audio muting UI control. Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS.’

After enabling this, you’ll have to restart the browser. Now whenever any audio or video is played in a tab, an audio icon will appear on it. You can simply click on it to mute or unmute the audio.