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This article was published on May 14, 2015

This clever Chrome experiment allows you to mute individual tabs

This clever Chrome experiment allows you to mute individual tabs
Owen Williams
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Owen Williams

Former TNW employee

Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Last year, Google added a handy feature to Chrome: a speaker icon that show which tabs are playing sounds so you can quickly spot them. A hidden experiment builds on that, allowing you to mute them all with one click.

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To enable the feature, enter “chrome://flags/” – the special URL for experiments – and search for ‘tab audio mute control. Once you’ve enabled it, you can simply click the speaker icon in one tab to mute them all.

It’s just a test right now, so the feature may disappear or ultimately be integrated into the browser. I certainly hope it sticks around.