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Google is currently adapting Chrome to identify the annoying sound-emitting tab on your browser. This has always been a common nuisance among Internet users (especially when pesky autoplaying advertisements come around).

According to TheNextWeb, the new feature was initially found by François Beaufort in the latest Chromium build. However, it was later reported to already exist in the latest Canary build of Chrome. Simply put, tabs with sound playing in them will provide an animated audio indicator. This animation will feature a six frame “throbber” animation on the tab icon.

Below is a video that shows the new feature.

A Chromium Code review said that the animation is currently too short, but it is good enough for testing. It is expected that the animation aesthetics will change if it is included in a public release.

“Note that the logic should make it so that the audio indicator is low on the priority,” the report also said. “That is, if the tab is recording or broadcasting and playing sounds that should show instead of the audio animation.”


In layman’s terms, the browser must be able to track tabs that are active. For instance, a user may be listening to music in one tab but using Facebook in another.

Although the feature is currently in the Canary build, there is no guarantee as to if the feature will be officially released publicly.

What do you think of an audio indicator for tabs? Would you find such a feature useful? Have you ever been annoyed by audio in other tabs?

Source: TheNextWeb

  1. Nevzat Akkaya
    March 1, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Its great news! Many times I needed this badly.

  2. Hani Z
    February 28, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Settings are not Chrome's thing, I think there are far better things to worry about than this although to be honest I like this feature but at what cost? browsers are eating the memory and soon the CPU...

  3. Garris Rago
    February 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I don't like the animation if I'm honest. I think it should have a grey picture of a speaker (like the one in windows taskbar) but it only appears on pages playing sound, and should be on the far right of the tab just left of the close tab X

    I also think it should include the option to right click anywhere on the tab and select 'mute tab'
    This is available using chrome addons such as MuteTab ( but this should be available in chrome as a built in feature.

    • Ben
      May 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      I second that.

  4. Triavalon
    February 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I've been playing with this feature for a day or two and I love it. I tend to have far too many youtube tabs open for music (I keep them open for the cache because I have some connection issues where I work), and this really helps me pause the right video instead of getting a mes from starting a different video. I also find it really helpful to pick out sites with talking ads and closing them.

  5. John Berger
    February 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I would think that it would be easier to have a setting to mute all audio by default except on domains that are specified by the user, like

    • Triavalon
      February 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      This feature isn't about muting sound, it is about finding where it came from. Have you ever opened multiple youtube tabs and then got sent into the nightmare of sound from all the tabs.

      • John Berger
        February 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        Apparently, we use YouTube differently. I've never had reason to open multiple instances at once. I can see this for those idiotic adverts that start out at full volume but are hidden halfway down the page, though.

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