Google Chrome - Tab Muting is Back
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Google Chrome will soon have the tab muting feature back. This feature was earlier available on Google Chrome browser, but Google removed it and replaced it with a side-wide muting option instead in 2017.

Google introduced Audio muting in the Chrome browser in 2014. The option allows users to toggle audio playback in the web browser. Currently, the browser only allows muting audio on sites only. Though users can use extensions such as Tab Muter to restore the feature in the Chrome browser. 

The latest version of Google Chrome Canary has an experimental flag that restores tab muting in the browser. Though not all experimental flags make it to a browser feature, according to Reddit user Leopeva64, he discovered additional information about the feature.  It suggests Google is planning to run an experiment to compare the tab muting feature with the global media controls audio muting feature.

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Somewhere down the line, Google may decide to remove the flag and drop its plans to reintroduce tab muting in Chrome, so keep that in mind.

How to enable Tab Muting in Chrome Canary?

  • Install the latest version of Chrome Canary. 
  • Select Help > Menu > About Google Chrome to run a check for updates. 
  • Updates found will be installed automatically.
  • Load chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting in the browser’s address bar.
  • Tab audio muting UI control — When enabled, the audio indicators in the tab strip double as tab audio mute controls. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Fuchsia
  • Set the experimental flag to Enabled.
  • Restart the Google Chrome web browser.

Chrome’s audio indicator displayed next to tabs that play audio, acts as a toggle for audio playback after the restart. To mute or unmute audio of that tab, left-click on the audio playback icon. 

Currently, the feature is available in all desktop versions of Google Chrome. Mobile users will have to wait. 

Conclusion: Tab muting is a better option, as it gives direct control over the audio playback of individual tabs in the browser. While the global media control feature requires an additional click and it displays all media playback in its interface this may require a bit of searching to find the media you want to mute. 

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