How to Mute Tabs With One Click in Google Chrome

Ben Stegner 26-10-2015

As Google Chrome grows, it’s been adding even more useful features and advanced settings The Advanced Chrome Settings You Should Be Using How much do you really know about your privacy, autofill, and history settings in Chrome? You may not use these settings often, but they have options that can help improve your browsing experience. Read More to play with. Google sometimes tests new features before deploying them into the stable browser version, and the newest version recently introduced a great new way for you to take control of annoying webpages.


You already know that Chrome displays a speaker icon on tabs that are playing audio, which is great for identifying rogue sounds when you have too many tabs open 5 Effective Ways to Deal With the "Too Many Tabs" Syndrome in Firefox Read More . With this new feature, you can go ahead and mute those tabs with a single click.

All you have to do is right-click and choose Mute Tab. You’ll see a small line over the speaker, letting you know the audio has been muted.

Or, to make it even more convenient, you can type chrome://flags in the address bar, search for “tab audio”, then enable the Tab Audio Muting UI Control option. Restart Chrome and now you’ll be able to mute tabs just by clicking on the speaker icons.

Now when sites load annoying auto-playing videos How to Stop Auto-Playing Flash and HTML5 Videos in Chrome Auto-playing videos can be obnoxious. Here's how you can stop auto-playing Flash and HTML5 videos in Chrome. Read More — or when you visit a horrible website that still plays background music — you have a weapon you can use against them.


Bear in mind that this feature is not yet officially supported and may be removed at any time.

Have you muted individual tabs in Chrome? What kinds of unexpected audio annoy you the most? Tell us how you’ll take advantage of this feature below!

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  1. Chris B
    September 27, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks for this tip, but it's two clicks :)

  2. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Thanks for the Chrome flags directions. I used to make a habit of scanning through the flags every now and then, but I'd slacked off.

    • Ben Stegner
      October 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Sure thing! There's a lot there, and some of it doesn't really do much for the user, so it can be kind of a chore. This is probably one of the most useful options.

  3. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I was hoping they'd add this into chrome. Glad they did, as it was annoying to find which tab had the audio playing.

    • Ben Stegner
      October 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Yeah, with video ads on the rise it's a big issue. It's great that they add practical features like this!